It’s National Small Business Week. I’d like to raise a toast to all you guys and gals who are building and dreaming and growing and innovating. Cheers to you and your entrepreneurial spirit!
I think when we hear the word “entrepreneur” a lot of us think suits & ties & money. And while that may be for good reason, I prefer to dig deeper in its meaning because let’s just be honest…I do not wear a suit and tie, and money stresses me out.
Let’s think “innovator & freedom & opportunity” instead.
I have to admit something: I like being an entrepreneur more than I like being a photographer. she said whaaaaaaat?
Okay, don’t freak out. I love, love, love what I do. But I love that fact that I carved out this path for myself even more. There is something SO exhilarating about taking the reigns and growing something that you breathed life into.
I read something the other day that ties in with this idea:
“Be useful so that you can find your passion”…as opposed to the more popular idea of finding your passion so you can be useful.
Yes, it’s a different way of thinking, but I think in more cases than not, it’s true. And it was true for me. I did not become a photographer because I was passionate about photography. No, instead, I started to develop different skills and capabilities and by becoming useful, I found my passion.
“Skills trump passion in the quest for work you love.” – Cal Newport
My advice to anyone who feels like they’re missing something (passion), don’t stop working to find it. Continue trying new things and developing useful skills, and one day you’ll try something that you just love and can’t see yourself doing anything but that – then you’ll know that you found it.
photo cred: Deyla Huss