Did you read The Obvious Expert blog yesterday when we talked about the possibility that entrepreneurs are born, with characteristics from birth that make them more likely to become entrepreneurs, business starters, sole practitioners, or freelancers in their field?
Here is what Mark Eldridge and Elsom Eldridge Jr wrote in their book, How to Position Yourself as The Obvious Expert, that addresses the matter of planning your career by following your heart:
The Editors of Victoria Magazine, in their book, The Business of Bliss, How To Profit From Doing What You Love, (©1999, Hearst Books) tell the stories of a group of business people, (in this case, coincidentally all women) each of whom has built her career around her passion. They describe these successful entrepreneurs and consultants in this way:
_______________________________________________________“. . . Women who gathered up their resources, their childhood dreams, their particular talents, their unique vision, and poured them into a business of their very own. What they gained was not a life free of hardship, but one of few regrets and soaring triumphs. A fuller sense of themselves, the world, and their place in it.”
Following your life’s passion as a consultant certainly does not guarantee you freedom from problems, but it does promise you many wonderful benefits, including the freedom to make your own choices and the ‘privilege’ to either soar or sink because of those choices. And when you think about it, that is a pretty remarkable benefit.
At this point in your life, you many not yet have synchronized your passion and your career to be 100% in harmony. Sometimes it is okay for your current passion to be the plan of working tow a rd your real passion—in fact, such a plan can be highly motivational. And do not assume that your passion always remains the same throughout a lifetime. Circumstances can require or inspire you to change your passion. But whether you currently are fueled by your passion or simply by the pre-passion that leads to your passion, one or the other must be present in order for you to survive and thrive as a consultant.