When Tony Robbin’s talking about his passion being “to serve the greater good” and other lofty ideals that make him leap out of bed in the morning, the rest of us think about being passionate about sitting around and doing nothing.
Dan Kennedy once talked about how the idea of doing what you love doing is terrible advice. He talked about how he loves lounging around in hammocks, reading the paper, and other random “lazy” sounding things.
He’s lying to himself.
If Dan really just enjoyed those things, he could have stopped “working” decades ago. Lounging around costs nothing and entertainment is the cheapest it’s ever been for humanity.
Even Brad Gosse, the massively successful internet marketer, said he wanted to build a business so he could sit around and smoke weed all day. He knew what he wanted, knew the business type that could take him there, and then did it. Of course, that wasn’t what he TRULY wanted, else he wouldn’t be still working.
Being passionate about being lazy is (unfortunately) only true for very few people.
So if you’re passionate about doing nothing and lounging around, one of two things is happening, 1) You can do nothing and lounge around for very little money, and is very easy to achieve, so go do it, or 2) You’re lying to yourself.
One of the only ways to figure what you want is to start unraveling the web of lies you’ve told yourself for years.
Dan isn’t passionate about sitting around. He likes to work, likes the feeling of making money, and likes the status that comes with it. The type of work and way he’s making money is just the conduit to get to what he wants – seeing his bank account get fatter and doing work he’s decided to care about.
It’s some sort of profound paradoxical question: If I did nothing, what would I do?
What do you really enjoy doing and how can you engineer a life that reflects that?