This week, we wanted to share this amazing newsletter we recently got from Donna Gunter. It really puts things in perspective and Love What You Do. It’s a great reminder as we head into a fun summer season.
Love What You Do
However, I didn’t find this book until the early 1990s. By that time I was rapidly approaching burnout in my career as a housing services administrator at a small public liberal arts college in Massachusetts. At the time I didn’t know that I was being slowly fried in this job. All that I knew is that I was miserably unhappy. So, this book became my soothing balm, and I lapped up its words like a kitten to milk.
Work vs Hobby
At the time, one of my hobbies was a form of decorative painting, stenciling. I stenciled the walls of my living room, purchased raw wood and paper items. Gifts were also given and I gave stenciled items to family members for Christmas and birthday gifts. I learned everything I could about the art. I also invested very heavily in a large variety of stencils, brushes, paints and other supplies. Yes, I was a total stenciling nerd.
Having read Marsha’s book, I thought, “Well, I love stenciling. Let’s turn that into a business!” In 1993 or 1994, I had become a crispy critter and quit my job with. I had the intention of starting a business as a decorative painter. What I discovered is that for me, doing what I loved didn’t result in the money following me. In fact, it was a very poor financial decision. Lo and behold, I discovered that I now hated my hobby when it became my job.
What I failed to take into account were my gifts. While I was good a decorative painting, it wasn’t my passion, nor was it a gift. It was a learned skill. What I had always been good at was taking a vague concept and creating an action plan for meeting the goals of that concept. I could generalize other life experiences and knowledge into the plan and put it into action. I was especially excited in situations where I could innovate and create at will and create something new on the other end. My stenciling business used few of those gifts. However, I did have an incredibly cool business name card and logo!
So, when I meet someone like realtor Beth Christo, who walks her talk and loves what she does, her passion for her clients really shows. And, if you’re in the market for luxury property in Florida, she’s your go-to-person.
Listen to my interview with Beth now!