Just finished an interesting breakfast conversation and thought I should blog this. I was talking about teachers, teaching, schools and entrepreneurs with a future teacher. That's the kind of things that easily crawl into a breakfast conversation round here on a Sunday morning. Anyway, we came to the point of discussing who our favorite teachers were and I thought about why they were such good teachers (one of them happens to be Mr. Edwards at Bergenfield High School....wonder if he's still there). Further, we were comparing the approach these teachers take to how entrepreneurs tick. Somehow, I always take the angle of how entrepreneurs tick.....it's a VC thing I guess.
So, basically I made the point that many people go to work to earn their salary. That's it, they're happy with that. Then there are a lot of people who think if they did something innovative or had a great idea, they would start their own business. Chewed on this for a bit and then I finally made the point that it's something completely different about being a successful entrepreneur (or a great teacher). It's not about doing something different. It's not about doing something innovative. It's also not about working hard. It's ALL ABOUT loving what you do. The rest comes naturally. From teachers to entrepreneurs, the best of the best simply love what they do. It's as easy as that. We so often get sidetracked by the details....getting things done, tipping points, outliers, chasms and so forth.....all blah, blah for someone to write books about and get at your hard earned money. Yes, many of those books.....and you know the ones I am talking about.....have great advice and I like to read them too. Yet, at the end of the day it's as simple as loving what you do. If you don't, find something you do love doing.
Side-note: Some may ask how do you know whether you love doing something? Well, I guess this is very subjective, yet for me it's pretty simple. Do I get out of bed at least 50% of the time or more really looking forward to it. For me, it's more like 90% of the time I jump out of bed, head off to work and look forward to the day. There's always crap days but the majority of the time, you better be excited by what you have planned for the day, challenges included. Otherwise, what's the point!