Passion and My Work Ethic
After people questioned why I worked so much, I felt compelled to talk about why I work as much as I do. This sort of explains my work ethic and how you can do it too.
This blog post was originally created as a video for my YouTube channel. You can watch that at the bottom of this blog post.
I’ve seen/heard people talk about me recently and about my work ethic. People who follow me on Snapchat (@milner05) will be particularly aware of what my working hours are like. Typically, anything between 7am and 9pm tends to be work related, with a few exceptions. Sometimes I’ll work right up until 10/11pm.
I have a full-time job. I do the occasional bit of freelance work. I’m blogging/vlogging, trying to build my personal brand, so it takes up a lot of time. And the way people have talked about it is that I’m not ‘working to live’ but ‘living to work’. They think that I put too much focus on work and don’t spend enough time enjoying myself.
I love that they’re worried about me in that way, I really do! It means a lot that they care enough to talk about me and to worry for my welfare. Unfortunately, they’ve got it slightly wrong.
You see, I don’t ‘live to work’. People who hate their jobs, but are chasing money ‘live to work’. People who work all hours of the day, get home and don’t want to get up the next day to do it again ‘live to work’. But there’s a huge difference between those people, me and other people like me.
I realised what the difference was between me and these people when I started reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s ‘Crush it!‘ book. The difference? Passion.
I absolutely love what I do. I love talking about social media. I love reading self-improvement and business books. I love going out and networking, talking to interesting people and learning from them. Very few of my working hours feel like work to me. I’m so passionate about the work I do, that even if it paid me the bare minimum to survive, I’d probably still be happy doing it.
It just so happens, it pays a little more than that. And I’m doing it in such a way, that in the future I’ll be able to do other things I’m passionate about. And maybe even try a few of the things other people are passionate about. You know, like the people who work for the weekend? Or the people who work for a couple of holidays a year. Or people who work to afford a fancy car or a big house.
The reason I dropped out of college is because I wasn’t passionate about the courses I was doing. It’s the same reason I didn’t try particularly hard at school and got mostly Cs instead of Bs and As. When you find your passion, everything becomes easier.
“When you find your passion everything becomes easier”
Unfortunately, I don’t have the secret to discovering your passion, but I’m sure there are plenty of blogs online that claim to and they might help you. So especially for students reading this, who are just getting their Easter break, or anyone else who isn’t happy, use this time to figure out what your passion is and then start to audit your life to focus on that.
If you know what your passion is, leave a comment and let me know. Please share this with anyone who isn’t happy with where they are now.