A labor of LOVE

The Whole Person Blog: Week One, Day Six - A labor of LOVE

Writings inspired by Seth Godin: What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn)

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

I've been serving the health, fitness, and wellness industry for 20 years this year, and I can say with confidence, I've never done it for the money. The money has always been the story of my labor of LOVE, which is serving others, helping them see goodness within themselves, and daring them to step into infinite possibilities.

Peter Drucker said, "what gets measured, gets managed," and it's true. If you measure success by way of income earned, invariably, all decisions are managed through that filter. I've always measured success by the opening of the heartspace, when someone feels safe and worthwhile enough to take a chance on themselves--to me, that's success! Seth and I are of like mind.

"How much do you get paid to watch TV?

Sometimes people ask why they should create or contribute if they're not going to get paid for it. They hesitate to write a novel if no publisher will pay them for it, and they sneer at the mere amateur who does what he does for love, not for money.

We've commercialized all the things that used to be passions. You're supposed to get paid to be a sculptor or a golfer, a writer or an impresario, the creator of projects.

And if we're getting paid for these intellectual pursuits, then we're taught we ought to treat them the way workers in the industrialized world have been trained to treat their jobs–with disdain, with an awareness that we ought to do less for more. What a shame, what a foolish way to dishonor our humanity.

Instead, just for a moment, imagine what would happen if we decided to create and connect merely because we love it. It turns out that acting as if we love it creates the environment where that might actually happen."

For most, the reward for their efforts is found on payday. For me, the reward is found in the effort I exert while operating in the best interests of others. If it's not in their best interests, then it's not in mine either.

"The art I'm talking about, the bravery, the generosity... it's just another way of talking about love." Seth Godin



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