About the thought of the week:
“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intellingent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is too easy, as a solopreneur, to lose sight of why we do what we do, putting in insane hours, willingly investing our life energy into chasing a dream… The danger is that the grind of the survival cycle can also wear down our passion for what we are doing… while we focus on simply bringing in enough revenue to hang on another week, or month, or day…
There are many easier ways to earn a living. However, in my humble opinion, none are as rewarding as creating a livelihood from one’s passion.
The calling of the solopreneur is to live life to the limit, to love every aspect of being, and to return this love to others in the form of the benefit we are creating from transforming the vision from passion to profit. “Profit” in its grandest sense – the tangible and intangible positive benefit that all stakeholders can share in to further their own experience of life.
In this “Valentine’s week”, this is the thought that I send to you. As says another person I truly admire, Dr Myron Wentz: “Love life and live it to its fullest, in happiness and health.”