The headline is a bit too much.
Or is it?
I can never really tell but then again, my own na to write. Let the critics decide.
Now, let me paint you a picture:
This might be one some of you are already familiar with (If it isn’t, just use your imagination).
You’re on a night out with the guys/gals and there’s about 2-3 bottles of Jack Daniels and coke cans staring y’all in the face, the music is booming, almost like the DJ was possessed with the spirit of music and he keeps dropping hit jam after hit jam after hit jam…
…And then a few cups later, it happens.
You start to feel it. Suddenly you feel unstoppable. You feel like you’re in the zone. You came there to have fun and now you are.
All you want to do at that point is just dance, drink, dance, drink and dance. Rinse and repeat.
It’s like an ourobouros. The more you do it, the more you want to do and want to keep doing it.
Now, imagine feeling that when you were grinding on your hustle.
Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
I was supposed to do SEO, but then I got high…
Somewhere along the line of looking for ways to get money, a word was lost in translation.
No. I’m not going to delve into the origin story behind the word like one of those pastors who tells you the Greek origin word and starts putting the word on a pedestal.
Why would anyone even do that anyway?
Do you speak Greek? I sure as hell don’t.
So anyway, passion…
It’s gotten a lot of attention over the years.
While I might not write with the pen of angels or understand Greek or be the Minister of Passion, I definitely know what it looks like to have passion.
Have you seen the movie “The Social Network”?
If you haven’t, you should.
It’s about the founding of Facebook. And just watching Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) will teach you a lot about passion.
Especially the scenes showing him building Facesmash and Facebook. From the voice overs by his character, it’s easy to tell that each of those projects was something Mark enjoyed and was passionate about.
He was obviously in love with it.
Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team on his first try.
If he wasn’t passionate about basketball, that would have been the end of that story. But he was passionate about it, and loved it so much that he worked harder at it, and is undoubtedly one of the Greatest of All Time in basketball.
And if Steve Jobs wasn’t passionate about designing great products, there would be no Apple today.
Let’s face it…
There are millions of coders, but only few “Googles”, “Facebooks” and “Instagrams”.
There are many basketball players, but very few “Michael Jordans”, “Kobe Bryants” and “Lebron James”.
There are many computer/tech companies but when you have an iPhone 6 or a Macbook Pro, you obviously feel like levels don change and you’re now ten over ten.
The main reason- Passion.
Every SS3 student’s headache- Do What You Love Vs. Love What You Do
It is an age old question – How do you pick a career?
Do you just do what you’re good at?
Do you do what you love?
Most people lean one way or the other. I think it’s both and neither.
Let me explain:
For example, you could be naturally good at football, but you don’t love it. You love coding mobile apps.
Sure, you could go the way of trying to get “Neymar-money” by playing football, but because you don’t have a love of the game, you’re probably not going to go far.
No be curse, it’s just reality.
Okay, so what if you went the mobile app coding route?
Your love of that game will help you stay in it?
Because regardless of whether it’s what you love or not, there will come times that you won’t want to do it. You won’t be in the mood or the obstacles you are facing will discourage you till you want to quit.
I think you should first do what you love, love what you do and then be wildly passionate about it.
Everyday, I’m hustlin’…
Do you think it’s easy to get up and go to the studio to write rap lyrics and rap? Everyday?
Which is what made Li’l Wayne, Drake, Eminem and many of the greats successful.
I can personally testify that it’s not easy to write one blog post a day or even keep to a regular blogging schedule.
If you’ve been thinking: “If it’s what I’m meant to be doing, it should come easy…
… Like they say in NYSC, you’re wrong.
Nothing good ever comes easy.
You still have to work hard at it. And regardless of whether you love it or not, there will be times when you’re faced with so much difficulty you’ll want to quit.
At times like this, passion is the only thing that will get you through.
Eric Thomas says:
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
When you’re passionate about something, nothing else matters. It becomes your whole existence. You’ll keep at it come rain, or brimstone.
Regardless of what you face, you’ll remain high on your hustle.
Like Steve Jobs once said:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”
If you haven’t found what you’re passionate about, if you don’t get a high from what you currently do, hold that job but keep looking. And when you find it, make it the center of your being.
Do it for the love of the game.
What do you think?
Do you do what you love? Or love what you do?
Was Tomi high when he wrote this?
Let’s talk in the comments.
Keeping it 500,
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.