Comments: Love What You Do, Do What you Love

Mary
I found out about you on Gidaom.
Your post struck a chord with me.
I started my concierge and errands business 2 years ago. For the first year as I had a work accident (at my salaried job)that created a lot of health and financial havoc. The business was more a sideline activity.
As things got more settled in the second year, I put more effort and focus in the business, growing slowly but steadily.
I also started a blog, 'Serge the Concierge', about 10 months ago. I realized that I enjoy that writing part as well. I still hold my job that pays the bills. I do realize though that for the business to be truely successful, I have to make it the main focus. So this is where I stand today.

Take care
SERGE
Website:
http://www.njconcierges.com
Blog:
http://www.sergetheconcierge.typepad.com

Posted by Serge Lescouarnec at February 2, 2006 07:49 AM

Hi Serge,
What a great story.. not the part about the accident, but about overcoming it and getting to do what you love, and writing about it on your blog!

You know, your blog can be a great way to create conversation about your business and your interests, and about what others do in the same space, and I would encourage you to make it an indirect way to work on your business.

Great story and good luck to you!
mary

Posted by mary hodder at February 2, 2006 07:59 AM

Love What You DO, DO What you Love ==> that is a good guidance slogan. You can love wipe humans for good find or the love for the thing for the place or even my work. The term is very extensively out to put sorry English for my bad allso.

beautiful greets from Austria.

Posted by Oswald at February 2, 2006 06:36 PM

Ah, but Paul Graham made a bundle in the bubble, so he can afford to sermonize.

Sorry, what about all the cases where doing what you love doesn't produce any income? "And the work will pour in ..." - No, it won't. In any field, there's X jobs, and Y people. If X < Y, *someone* is going to go jobless. What's love got to do with it?

There's a confirmation bias. Because people who do what they love, and succeed well, often tell their stories, but people who do what they love and fail miserably get much less opportunity to have widely distributed essays about "Do It For The Money", and also have much less inclination to preach about it.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at February 4, 2006 03:57 PM

Seth brings up a great point, and it is really subtle and quite slippery. The abundant life isn't accessible until one is ready for it. It would be really useful if there were a way for people to better discern their readiness for leaping into the void of self-motivation. But once you hit that transition point, and you cross the threshhold, Mary is 100% spot on. Nothing done is a burden any longer. It's all a labor of love, and the work will pour in. It may not all pay huge dividends (or it may), but it will be completely worth it.

As for myself, I made and lost a bundle in the bubble. I can't afford to sermonize, but I will say this: losing that bundle was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish more people could have the chance. The bundle isn't the gift, it's a prison... until you truly get abundance, no amount is ever enough. Once you get the essence of "abundance," every amount is precisely right. I'm sure this sounds like complete hog-wash to Seth. No problem, and no fault of anybody. Best to play it safe until that is so painful that it can't be tolerated any longer.

Posted by David Swedlow at February 8, 2006 07:41 PM

I didn't find this post the least bit preachy"... on the contrary, it's a great reminder for those of us who would much rather fail miserably than not try at all. It's a personal choice/preference to view life in this way, and Mary -- you speak loud and clear to those of us who do : )

You're an inspiration.

Posted by Kathy Sierra at February 14, 2006 04:35 PM