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Desire or Passion: What You Need to Succeed

Passion Desire

It was a beautiful Friday morning last week here in Chicago. I took my cup of coffee and sat in my recliner looking out into the lush green yard. The squirrels were busy burying nuts for winter. A baby bunny scampered out from underneath the bushes to take in the warmth of the sun. And the birds were telling the neighborhood about the feast I have prepared for them around the house.

I picked up “Think And Grow Rich” and opened up to the chapter on desire. As I’ve mentioned before, Napoleon Hill’s classic is a book I make a point to read at least once every year. One of my early business mentors gave me a beautiful leather bound copy to encourage the practice. After all, more millionaires and billionaires have been created throughout the world from the principles in this book than from anything else.

As I picked up my cup to take a sip of coffee, a magnificent blue jay appeared on my feeder just outside the window. Mind you – blue jays are a rarity in my yard. In the 10 years I have lived here, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a blue jay....

Passion Drives Success

Passion and Desire

Ever had one of those days….maybe weeks or months….where you just felt stuck? Frustrated at the lack of progress in your business. You try all sorts of things to gain traction only to end up spinning your wheels. And you keep trying. Nothing seems to work. Sure, you get new leads, but landing new clients just isn’t happening. At least not on the timeframe you want.  Your passion starts to wane.

I must admit. I’ve been feeling that way recently.

New campaigns. Different topics. Pilot programs. More networking and connecting. Speaking to different audiences. Doing all these great things to promote my services, but somehow struggling to get traction. Or should I say, struggling to achieve the results I want.

Entrepreneurship is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. The benefits are amazing, but there is serious work to be done. There are no overnight success stories. No “get rich quick” schemes. And certainly no online businesses that generate 6-figures with no sweat equity regardless of what the “experts” or “gurus” tell you.

Building a successful business from scratch takes time, effort, passion, and determination.

That is the reality. But we so often try to compare ourselves to others to measure our progress....

Do What You WANT

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It was October 27, 2007. As I boarded my Southwest flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, my mind was cluttered. I was looking forward to the next 3 ½ hours to decompress, sort out my thoughts, and rest. The trip had been planned for weeks. Off to celebrate my best friend’s milestone birthday. A weekend away with old friends was just what I needed to get out of my funk.

Instead of resting and relaxing on the flight, though, my mind was racing. Stress and anxiety filled my body. My job was stagnating. I had been at the firm almost 4 years and did not see any real path for advancement. Finances were ho-hum. I made enough to live comfortably and save some, but nothing extraordinary.

My romantic relationship made me feel like I was stuck in mud. After nearly 3 years together, we had reached that proverbial fork in the road – were we walking down the same path or headed in different directions? Oh, how I wish I knew! My body was giving me signals, but I was ignoring them. I wasn’t working out or eating as well as I knew I should be, and my energy levels were low....