Here is a guest post by the passionately talented Amy Lorton. Amy is a writer and editor at Dave Ramsey‘s office. If you’re passionate about writing, or sharing wisdom, you can guest post as well! Read how to here.
My friend, Robert, is in the midst of reading Time magazine’s list of the 100 best novels that have been published since 1923. Actually, he’s reading 101, since he’s thrown Ulysses into the mix. And I’m talking about every single one of them, from beginning to end.
He hasn’t skipped a page. Some are easy and enjoyable reads, like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and Gone with the Wind. But others, with my apologies to Time and lovers of great classics, are about as much fun as getting a tooth drilled. Or as Robert likes to call them, “pretentious pieces of literary poo.”
Still, Robert presses on. He has a full-time job, a wife, a 1-year-old son, and family to visit in Georgia, but he takes the time to read these books. He also blogs about them every day. Why would he do such a thing? Because Robert is passionate about writing and books. Besides his wife and family, they are his joy. So when most guys are sitting in front of the TV on Sunday watching a game, Robert is polishing his blog.
If you are thinking about starting a company next year, will you be as passionate as Robert? If not, find something you love to do so much that it gets you up every morning with a smile on your face, eager to jump into the day. It may be the secret of life. I know it’s at least the key to much happiness and success.
As Malcolm Gladwell says, “Hard work is a prison cell only if the work has no meaning.” Break free of that jail. Find your higher calling—work with purpose. I promise, you’ll always be glad you did.
Question: What passionate thing are you currently working on, or would like to be?