In the past, we’ve discussed inner soundtracks, and how the negative dialog we repeat to ourselves can be destructive. Throughout the course of reading and responding to your emails over the years, I find that many of you have entrepreneurial attempts or aspirations that are silenced by your own negative inner soundtrack.
I love the spirit of entrepreneurship. I especially love it when I see fellow Filipinos driven to build SOMETHING in the world – whether it’s a large corporation or a small corner carinderia (may paborito ako na malapit sa amin – they have great customer service, and even if they have a cheaper competitor less than 3 meters away, people still flock to them).
Anyway, got distracted. Sorry.
The point is that entrepreneurship – being innovative and building something for yourself and others - can accomplish great things if done right. And I’m not even talking about the money. I’m talking about using entrepreneurship as a way of solving other people’s problems, making their lives better, and transforming yourself in the process. My approach to business is all about legacy – not for the sake of one’s own vanity – but to create lasting change in anything, be it myself, my readers, and maybe even the world. Something passed on. Something that lasts.
So imagine how much it ANNOYS me when people tell themselves (and others) destructive, irrational, and morale-lowering “soundtracks” about business. Here are my top 2 annoyances:
1) “Follow your passion.”
Otherwise known as “Do what you love and the money will follow.” This is meant to be a positive statement, but when taken out of context it can be negative. I’m going to start out by saying there is nothing wrong with doing what you truly enjoy – but to expect this:
What You Love/Enjoy = What You Do For a Living
Well, it’s an equation that leads to dissatisfaction and cynicism.