Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, loving what you do is important. Okay, I know my use of the word love may be a little heavy or turn some folks off. I’m really asking if you enjoy and have passion for what you do. We can’t possibly love everything we do, but our work should bring us some happiness and a sense of fulfillment. If we enjoy what we do and are able to remain passionate about our professional work, chances are very good that we will be more successful at what we do.
Doing what you love isn’t easy. For many, the challenges of making ends meet; paying the bills or striving to survive takes the wind out of the love sail. For some, the demands and pressure of maintaining the life styles they want comes first and doing something they really like doing comes later. A business owner who isn’t leading and operating a business to accomplish much more than make 40 hour wages (for the likely 60+ hours per week), probably is very challenged in ‘feeling the love’.
Showing Some Love for the Paperwork
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with many contractors who love the trade they are in and are excellent crafts people, great mechanics. Many freely admit they don‘t like the paperwork side of their business. They are not passionate about and not good at wearing the various management hats. We work to change that. Have you, the business owner, included being good at business operating and management systems as part of what you are good at? To expand your business through improving its profitability and through profitable growth, I’d suggest it.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to embrace the truth and establish some passion for managing, for successfully wearing those other hats. True or false: If you’re going to do something well, you have to like it. I’d say true. Here’s to becoming more passionate about the planning, execution and yes the paperwork (even if you’ve lost most of the actual paper by going more digital).
3 thoughts on “Do You Love What You Do?”
Great post Brandt! I guess I am in the minority, i love the “paper side”, of course I don’t have to spend all day in the field so it is a trade off, but I do love what I do!
Very true words, Brandt! I completely agree with you. Business owners who want to grow a more professional and sustainable business will do so much more easily when they embrace the planning and management roles.
Good post, Brandt. I have been trumpeting from the rooftops for a couple of years now that management – of people, physical resources, cash flow, information, etc. – is the biggest gaping hole in our industry.