Everyone wants to live the inspired life:
The life where your job fuels your joy and enjoyment of life. Where you feel fulfilled, rewarded, and satisfied with what you are contributing to the world because your job is essentially an extension of your desire to create the change you want to see in the world. Where you feel invigorated every (or almost every) morning, because you’re truly making a difference in the things you’re passionate about.
Grow2020’s Tax and Financial Specialist Speaker had a lot of incredible things to say on this topic. When Garrett Gunderson wasn’t helping attendees to find specific tax breaks to save money come tax season (all above-board and law-approved!), he was explaining the secret to the inspired life.
Garrett explained that several years ago he had a lightbulb moment. In the middle of having an insanely successful business that had high revenue and happy employees, he realized he felt empty and unfulfilled. And through a long process of searching and reading many books, he discovered the two-fold secret to having a satisfying and inspired life which he has implemented in his own life.
Garrett’s Two-Fold Secret: Passion and Vision
The secret to an inspired life requires that you implement passion and vision into your business.
Passion is a must-have for an inspired life.
Without passion fueling your activity (business and otherwise), you’ll never feel fully satisfied with what you’re doing because you just won’t care. So whatever your functional skill (the service you perform or product you develop) is within your business, you must make sure it is something you deeply care about. As Garrett said, “no amount of money in the world will be enough” if you aren’t passionate about it.
There’s a really famous quote by Confucius that says
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
People use it all the time, and it may not be 100% true (Work is work, and some days we just have to push through and force ourselves to work even with the things we love doing. As a music major in school, I learned how true this was. I adore music but some days were more challenging than others to push myself to practice) but it’s opposite statement points to the heart of the issue with uninspired lives:
If you don’t pursue your passion, work will always be a struggle!
Everyone knows that businesses need a vision, but there is a common misconception about visions that Garrett cleared up for us.
Most people believe that a vision is a business goal. But, Garrett explained that visions are much more than goals.
Goals can be attained within perhaps a year or two. However, a vision seems almost impossible to accomplish: it is certainly impossible to accomplish on your own. A vision requires a team to be accomplished. So while goals are great things, they are only stepping stones on the path to your vision for the future.
E. G., if your passion is to save sea turtles through biodegradable straws, your vision might be to become the #1 sustainable and ecosystem friendly paper-based straws company that changes the face of the fast food economy.
In other words, your vision is the fruit of your passion. So when designing your vision, it is important to make it almost unattainable. Setting your vision this way means that you always have somewhere greater to go with the company, and ensures that you know you’re always working toward a noble and incredible goal!
These two aspects of your business work together, and rely on each other.
When you bring these two concepts together in your business, you create the kind of life and company that you’ll love! Your business will feed your joy and passion, and will be worth more than all the money in the world because you’ll love it.
About the Author:
Susannah Scheller has been part of the workforce since childhood filling a verity of part-time jobs until she found the world of Social Media, content creation and marketing strategy execution in 2015 and fell in love. Susannah grew up surrounded by successful entrepreneurs and dedicated herself to learning from Stephanie by watching and listening and was rewarded by becoming one of the first permanent hires for Grow Disrupt in 2016 to work directly under Stephanie's coaching & training. Susannah is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Fort Worth, Texas while managing the Social Media & content creation and distribution for Grow Disrupt. Beyond her degree and tutelage under Stephanie, Susannah regularly educates herself with business blogs, books, and by using her sparse moments of free time while running the AV for Grow Disrupt events to learn from the speakers!
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