Category: Life Lessons


Love what You Do.

There are tons of ways to make a living: some people are artists, some are entrepreneurs, some have a job and others are a combination of all.

I consider myself the latter.

I love photography, design, writing, marketing, finance and travel. I consider myself very fortunate because I get paid almost all of them (still haven’t figured how to get paid to travel).

The fact is that everybody should get paid for doing what they love. The truth is, if you don’t love what you do, you’re wasting your time on this planen.

Let’s

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Do you enjoy your days? by Leo Reynolds via Flickr

see some examples of other people that genuinely love what they do and get paid for it.

Chris Guillebeau gets paid for visiting every country in the world and teaching individuals how to design their lifestyles around experiences instead of things.

Nancy Duarte and her team get paid for creating amazing presentations (presentations like, slides in Power Point) for major companies and world leaders.

Scott Ginsberg gets paid to show companies around the world on how to increase their approachability.

Please note that any of them are “old” (Scott is 30), what shows that there’s no age to do what you love, and that believing that “you’re too young for that” is just an excuse.

But what separates those that love their jobs from those that don’t?

I believe that people lose track of their passions.

Look, if you already have a job, you should analyze why you got it in the first place. What attracted you to it? I bet that it’s not simply because you were going to receive a paycheck. There must have been something that you liked about it. Something that made it worthy at the beginning to get up in the morning and get there. Was it the responsibilities you’d have? Was it the camaraderie? Was it the industry? Was it the potential you saw for your position?

Get back in touch with what you loved about you’re currently doing. Analyze what you’d like to change and suggest ways to do it. If you honestly can’t find anything you love, then do something about it. Find a new job, start a company, but please, don’t waste a third of your day something you hate. You’ll regret it 10 years from now (or you probably already do).

Broken promises are lies in disguise. Until the disguise is lost and so is trust.

The word promise descends from the Latin “promissum”, meaning a pledge or vow and from the Latin verb “promissere”, which means to foretell.

Which means that a promise is a vow, a prediction. Very powerful, don’t you think? So, when we make a promise, we are predicting the future. Only that we are talking about a future that we can create through our actions, and thus, it is something entirely under our control.

When we promise, we are giving our word that we will do (or prevent to do) something. The problem is, when we don’t live to our promises, our word is devalued and the trust that others put in us (or us in ourselves) is reduced little by little.

So, how can you prevent falling into this trap?

It’s a two sided answer.

On one side, don’t make promises that you can’t accomplish in the first place. Think: Is this something I am capable, able and willing to do? If you’re not, it is better saying “no” in the first place that failing to keep your promise.

On the other side, write down your promises. All of them. This will help you to be accountable and will allow you to keep your progress.

Will you write down your next 5 promises? Or, better yet, will you keep them?

I will. I promise.

On Measuring Success.

Success is usually seen as the consequence of achieving a goal, “getting to the top”, or simply overcoming difficulty.

Dictionary.com, defines it as:

the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
a successful performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.

But is success really measured by wealth? Honors? I don’t think so.

For me, success means freedom, happiness, and the true joy of life. Success is loving what you do, is having a passion in your life. Success is about being yourself and not allowing external forces to turn you down.

Let me ask you a question. Who do you think is more successful? The salesman that makes $200,000 a year or the pet groomer that makes $35,000?

That was easy, you probably thought about the salesman.

Let me add a little bit. Who do you think is more successful? The salesman that makes $200,000 and finds his job miserable but keeps it only to pay his bills or the pet groomer that makes $35,000, loves her costumers and their pets and has the freedom of closing early if she chooses to?

See the difference?

The problem is that society has trained us for years about what is and what is not success.

Success is not in your clothes, your car or your house.

Success is not even in your bank account.

Success is in what you do, in your joy for life and in your freedom.

Think about it.

Conformism is the attitude of accepting the status quo, the “orders” from somebody we deem “superior” to us (call it culture, friends, co-workers, family) sometimes with the effect of damaging self esteem, and giving up our true nature.

The traditional educational system teaches students to follow the rules, get the work done, get an A (or a 10), and do it again. However, who sets what is “A worthy”? The teacher, the principal, the system. What happens when a boy draws a green apple when the teacher was expecting a red one? He gets reprimanded.

Fast forward 20 years.

You have adults used to follow the rules. Whose forced human nature is one of following, not leading, of complaining, not fixing.

Complaints are easy: find something you don’t like about your work and tell your spouse, find something you don’t like about your spouse, go tell your coworker. I have a friend, the air conditioning at his work wasn’t working. I saw his complaints on Facebook about how hot it was at his office. For two weeks. Finally, the other day he announced that the AC was fixed. Why wasn’t it fixed before? Turns out, nobody called the person responsible of fixing it. He told all his friends in Facebook, probably his coworkers did the same; and yet, nobody called the AC repair company!

We complain with the wrong people because it’s safer, easier, and we get instant “gratification”. We complain with the wrong people because we like to feel like victims of our own circumstances, and we want others to tell us how sorry they feel for us; which, in exchange, makes us feel better.

The solution? The next time you’re going to complain about something, ask yourself: “Can this person fix what I’m complaining about?”.  By complaining with the right person, you’re going to make your life easier, reduce your stress levels, and be more enjoyable to be with. I’m sure this is going to work with you, as it worked fabulously with me.

What do you think? Do you complain with the right people?