I don’t have a set work schedule and a lot of what I do I have the great fortune of doing from home. Any of you who are in the same boat know that those things can be a blessing and a curse. Like right now, for example. How fantastic is it that I have an adorable 2-year-old standing next to me asking, “Can I push that button?”. Well, when you’re trying to be productive, its not so fantastic. Point made. Thanks, Abram.
As I was sitting here thinking about some of the things I needed to get done today, I did the ultimate slacking-at-work thing and logged onto Facebook. True, I’m supposed to keep up the Facebook account to stay in touch with customers but I didn’t really have a reason to go on there. I just got tired of thinking about what I was supposed to do to actually be productive and logged on to see what everyone else was doing to be unproductive…just like me.
Ironically, I came across this blog post by Mark Cuban that one of my friends commented on: Don’t Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort. Now, I’m not here to debate whether Mr Cuban is right about someone following their passion or not. He’s the billionaire so I’ll let him have his say when it comes to business and work ethic even though, if you read the comments, not everyone agrees.
What struck me about the post was this:
“1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.
2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.
3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it
4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.
Don’t follow your passions, follow your effort. It will lead you to your passions and to success, however you define it.”
Interesting how we seem to come across the things we need to hear even when we’re not being the most productive people we can be. As Mr Cuban states elsewhere, our effort is really the only thing we can control. Its so true in so many facets. I have a lot of things I need to focus my efforts on more than I have been.
Where do you think you could improve your efforts? How would that change impact your life?