Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work Again

“A business with an income at its heels
Furnishes always oil for its own wheels.”

If you want to stop working today, find a way to make a living doing something you enjoy. Have you ever been on a camping trip where you hike up and down mountains all day, chop firewood, and sleep on the damp ground? Many people may find your camping trip worse than spending Saturday in the office, but if you enjoy the outdoors, it is not work at all. It’s fun.

The point is, when you enjoy what you are doing, it is not work in the traditional sense of the word. Typically, work is defined as doing something you dislike, at a time when you would rather be doing something else.

Find what it is you enjoy in life, and figure out how to make a living at it. It is not an easy task, but it’s a worthy one.

There is a tendency, as old as mankind, to search out alternative routes to the easy life. In the network marketing business, this takes the form of jumping from one opportunity to another with the belief that the next opportunity will offer an easier path to the dreamland. Forget it and turn your attention to the opportunity at hand. You’re in it, you’re familiar with it, and you’ve already started, so why not dedicate yourself to it without distraction? There is no shame in being a green grasser; shoot, even cows think this way, as a story I once heard illustrates:

Two cows were standing in a pasture looking across the highway to a feedlot where huge trucks drove around in a circle, constantly forking hay in front of the cattle.

“Man, what a life,” said one cow. “I’d like to get my teeth into that easy life.”

“I don’t know,” said the other cow. “I’m kind of content here. No telling what could happen to you in a place like that.”

“I’m climbing the fence and joining the herd across the street,” the first cow said, and proceeded to trot to the greener pastures in the feedlot.

About the time she reached the feedlot a bull wagon pulled up to the pen and herded the cattle, her included, into the truck for shipment to the meat packing plant.

The moral of this story is probably obvious. Why forsake what you have for something that appears better and/or easier? And, if you must jump ship, be sure to gather all the facts about your destination before you commit yourself.

Newbie Trap: Worrying too much about what other people are doing, rather than focusing on what you need to do.


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