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How To Make Money Run After You (Part 15)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Personal growth | 1 comment

 “I Know What I Am Great At, Now What?”

In my previous article, I asked you to answer the question “What are you great at?” If you haven’t read that article yet, please sign up for the Wealth-plan on the right so I can email you that and the previous articles in the proper order.

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In this article, I will explain what to do next when you can definitively answer my question above. But first, let me clarify something.

Is being great at something, necessarily being passionate about it? Or Is being passionate about something necessarily being great at it?

My answer to both of those questions is a simple No.
Most of the time, people tend to think of the 2 as one and the same, but there is a slight difference that when overlooked leads to misery for a lot of people. Let me explain this further as it is critical to answering “Now What?”

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According to Malcolm Gladwell, a best selling Author, to master something, you have to do that something 10,000 times, then you master it. While I agree in the simple logic of it, simply doing something you are passionate about 10,000 times will not necessarily translate to being great at it, it can make you better at it, but not necessarily great at it.

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Let me use one of my passions as proof of what I am saying. I am very passionate about golf, there was a time when I practiced my golf swing by hitting the ball in the driving range for 2 whole months (60 days) straight!  And everyday, I would hit an average of 5 buckets or roughly 175 balls. Multiply that by 60 days, that would translate to 10,500 golf swings! Well, I have to admit, the result was astounding, I became very good at it and my golf score improved by at least 10 strokes, meaning, If my average score before I practiced was 95, my new score was now 85 which in the game of golf is pretty good for a weekend warrior golfer. But was I great at golf?
Not really, 85 is no where near what it will take to make me win an amateur golf tournament let alone a professional one. It can give me bragging rights that I am better than my friends, but great at golf? Again, not really.

“Well, what is your definition of ‘Great’ Mark?”

that’s probably what you are thinking right now. ‘Great’ in my definition is that you are regarded as an ‘Expert’ in that field, that people look to you as a bench mark, as a standard.
“Whoa, isn’t that a bit too high an expectation for yourself?” No, not really. Felix Casas is one of the Philippines ‘Great’ Golfers, of course Tiger Woods is one of the more recognizable names in Golf and is regarded as the world’s number 1 (regardless of the fluctuations in the official rankings) sure they are Golf Greats, but what about ‘Mr. Domingo’ (Not his real name) down at the golf driving range, he is a golf instructor, he has 10 clients every week paying him P1,000 per hour per student for golf lessons. Do you know him? Is he at the same popularity level as Mr. Casas or Tiger Woods? Of course not, but is he an expert? Yes. Well at least 10 paying clients (and growing) of his seem to think so.
Get my point?

“So what about what you said in your previous article Mark, when you said you realized that you were great at communicating, were you not passionate about that?”

In all honesty, I wasn’t. Well at least, not in the beginning.
Remember, I didn’t even realize back then that being great at something and being passionate about something were 2 different things. I never consciously practiced ‘talking’ and ‘convincing’ people 10,000 times! (nor would I want to for that matter) Instead, communicating to me was very natural, without effort and without thought. So much so that I barely realized it for 9 odd years! Yes, I’ve had people tell me that I was very charming, very convincing, and very sincere with my words during those years, but was I an expert? Nor did I even think about being an expert communicator? Not in the slightest. But as time marched on and with my awareness of it growing, I began to use it to pursue my other “passions” in life, one of them dreaming of becoming an ECE, and another being employed in a big multinational company, which as my story goes, ended with me being miserable, empty and dissatisfied.

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So when I finally realized that I was great at communicating — And here is where I finally answer the question in the title of this column– “What Now?”
I pursued it with more intensity.

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So if you are still thinking, “should I pursue it as a career or just keep it as a hobby?”

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My suggestion is pursue it as a career. BUT  be practical about it, don’t quit your day job just yet.

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Next, I started ‘experimenting’ with it. At first, I hosted several parties at work — and I had a blast, and apparently so did the audience. Then I started hosting my friends weddings, which again made me and the other people around me simply ‘happy’. Word soon spread, I was a “great” party host. I was doing all of this for free mind you because I didn’t know if I would do a great job then. But after several hosting gigs, was I now being regarded as a bit of an expert? Yes. Did I pursue being a party host?

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No.
Why?

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It simply didn’t feel quite right for me, so I kept experimenting, and experimenting, and experimenting until i found something I could see myself as.

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A teacher.

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Am I passionate about it?

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Yes.

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Am I regarded as an expert at it?

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Well, you tell me.

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So my dear reader, the next step is simple. Experiment with that one thing you are great at until you find a variation of it that makes you passionate enough about pursuing it. Pursue it until you are regarded as an expert at it. Then read my next article where I teach you how to really make a career out of it.

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Author Box:Mark So is a fervent businessman, Investor and educator.  He is the Chairman and CEO of Businessmaker Academy—a business, finance and corporate training center.  He is the founder and Chief Forex Trainer of Forex Club Asia, A Trading club of Forex Traders across Asia. He is also the Founder and Chief Trainer of the Philippine Franchise Institute which specializes in training and growing existing Franchise businesses.  Mark, together with his loving wife also created wealthflowproject.com a website dedicated to teaching people how to make money run after you. A sought after speaker for business, investing, You may email your comments and questions to: markso@wealthflowproject.com or call the office at 6874445 / 6873416 / 6874645 for a schedule of his seminars

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  1. James

    I couldn’t agree more Mark. Keep it up.

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