Do You REALLY Love What You Do?

criticism-quote-300x410Being a professional in any industry starts with your passion for your work.  If you love what you do, that energy shines through to all of the people that surround you.  Most importantly, your clients automatically pick up on the positive aura that surrounds you like a glowing ring of goodness.  Believe me, that is half the battle in establishing trust and rapport which lead to greater sales success.

I remember one of the greatest experiences that I had with a professional who lived by this paradigm.  My geology professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College was the great Don Stensland.  Don’s claim to fame was that he was the single scientist who most closely predicted the eruption of Mount St. Helens just north of the Columbia River in Washington.  He would tell us again and again how he had the only key given to a civilian to access the blast zone after the eruption.

This guy oozed excitement.  He LOVED rocks!  It was a pleasure to go to class every day just to watch him get lost in his work.  There was nothing that he enjoyed more than bringing the power of geology and what that science meant to his young college students.  He was a treasure and is missed by students who have spread all over the globe.  In fact, you could say that he left a legacy of enthusiasm with anyone who came into his realm. He even has a hall at the college named in his honor.

Please understand this very important point.  Don Stensland did not go without ridicule.  He was so focused within the geologic world, and became so immersed in what he loved, that other people sometimes snickered and sometimes pointed fingers at him as he didn’t “fit in” in various ways with the daily culture of college life.  Being passionate about something doesn’t always mean life is easy.  Sometimes you have to deal with the detractors while you are sharing your passion with the world.  If more people were like Don Stensland the world would be a more joyful place.

I saw this video as I was doing some research for a logo and it was awesome.  It shows the idea of passion perfectly.  Believe me….this guy is in his own world and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him.  My wish for you is that you find that one thing that you can get lost in and enjoy every minute of it!