Dennis recommended to read about Tan Sri Dr Tan Chin Tuan’s corporate history, and how his approach to making money scrupulously is his key principle in life. I managed to pick up a copy from the library. In the preface of the book, Chew Gek Khim (his grand daughter) quoted him, “It is easier to learn to like what you have to do, than to choose to do what you like”.
Despite his illustrious corporate history, I was more struck by that statement. It seems to me, he is suggesting that it is much harder to pursue your passion, and it is easier to try to like what you are doing. I have always believe you need to find your passion and work hard doing what you like. Eventually, you will succeed. In the first place, how easy is it to find your passion? Do you know what is your passion in life? I believe most people do not have an answer to that question, me inclusive. But I think what Dr Tan meant was that, instead of waiting to find your passion, try to do something. Learn to love what you are doing. You may eventually find your passion in it. Unless you do not take action, you will never know whether you like something. The easiest way is to start from where you are and with what you have. Ask what do you like about your job. Try to look at the positive side and not the negative side. Stop complaining! Start appreciating the good things that you are enjoying now! It might not be as bad as you think.
I remember listening to Jim Rohn, who mentioned about people spending too much time complaining. They blame the government, company, management, colleagues, etc. But they do not blame themselves. It is akin to a farmer blaming the weather, the soil and the water. The important thing is not to complain what you cannot control, but alter what you can control. It is not the environment that matters, it is how you react to the environment that matters. We frequently take the easy way out by putting the blame to others. It makes us feel better. We are not the incompetent ones.
Even if you have found your passion, and thinking of trying to make a living out of it, you have to ask, do you enjoy running it as a business. You may be passionate about golf and thinking of opening a golf school. Would you enjoy running the business? Managing staff, overheads and even teaching golf itself? Or do you just like playing golf? I came across Chris Guillebeau’s post, “How to get paid for what you love“. Quoting him: “you might not like everything that goes along with running a business as much as you like the actual activity. Sure, you like traveling… but how much do you want to work while you’re traveling? Do you like the business of crafting or just the crafting itself? Second, not everything you do is commercially viable. Chances are, no one will pay money to watch you go surfing”
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The message is that you should continue to find what you like. But you should not just think about it. Do more and engage yourself in activities. Take the approach of “learn to like what you do” first, and look at the positive side of things. In this way, you can increase your chance of finding your passion in life.