Loving What You Do
One of my guilty pleasures is watching American Pickers. Part of it is the interesting things they find, but the other part is how much they love what they do. In every episode they seem like kids entering a candy shop for the first time, it seems like they’re never working.
Loving it makes it enjoyable
There have only been a few jobs in my lifetime that I’ve actually enjoyed, and when it happened I could work every single day and it never felt like work. Whether it was the actual job that I liked, the people I worked with or a mixture of both. When you watch Mike and Frank on American Pickers they always seem to be having a great time, even when they have to fork out a ton of cash or they’re digging through dirt. I’m sure the profits they make on some items are an awesome bonus but you can tell they don’t do it for the money, it’s a secondary. At my first sales job at Bell, I remember finding it fun selling phones to people, it felt like you were actually helping them. Then there was working at Landmark Capital, where we helped people gain a passive income through mortgage investments. I have noticed that the jobs I enjoyed most have something to do with helping people. Human interaction is something I definitely strive on, as I’ve always been a friendly and talkative person. Whatever I do next, I know I’ll strive to make sure I love it enough to make it rarely feels like work at all.
Be different, be you
I’m sure there are a ton of pickers out there, but there is a reason Mike and Frank have a television show. I would assume part of it has to do with the fact that they’re pretty out there. They’re not weird or anything but they seem to kind of be history nerds with some really cool hobbies. Frank for example loves collecting oil cans, which to some might seem a little odd but to him they’re extremely interesting. In my case I think it’s my ability to make people laugh that helps when trying to break the ice, or make them more comfortable talking to me. When I was 2 years old my Mom told me that I used to walk up to complete strangers and ask them to come to my birthday party. To be completely honest I probably haven’t stopped talking since. I took this gift of gab and let it lead me to multiple jobs in sales, cause at the end of the day sales is a conversation. You also want people to remember you, I’ve never had a problem standing out in a crowd. Some would probably say I have very little shame, I look at is as living my life to the fullest. Not everyone is going to like me, but as long as I am true to myself that’s really all that matters. I don’t mind being different, if we were all the same the world would be a pretty boring place.
You might not think you have anything unique to offer, but the more you put of yourself into something, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Make sure though that you try your best to love, or at least really like what you do so it feels less like work. Life is far too short, and I’d like to think we all want to leave the earth with some incredible memories.