Will You Build Your Body Of Work, Or Someone Else’s?
Want to know the saddest thing I see in the marketplace?
It’s not failure. That’s the price of participation. If you’re trying hard, at some point you’re going to fail.
It’s not aimlessness. We all experience that from time to time, and as long as we don’t wallow in it, we can re-direct.
It’s not even lack of commitment. In my mind, if you don’t care about the work, just don’t get in the way of those who do.
To me, the saddest thing I encounter are hard working, disciplined, talented people who spend years upon years building someone else’s body of work. Why do they do this? Because they never took the time to ask what really matters to them, and apply the discipline to infuse it into their daily work.
No, they refused to make bold decisions, and instead followed the objectives, whims, and priorities of everyone around them. They hopped from opportunity to opportunity without a sense of a through-line, and they meandered their way to a nice, comfortable, semi-predictable existence. They ran away from pain rather than toward meaning and value. And… after all those years… they look back and they realize that they’ve sold their deeper passions and desires for life and work in exchange for a little bit of temporary stability.
I committed a long time ago that I wouldn’t let this be my path. Do not let this be you. Your work has to be founded upon something more than comfort and stability. You have to root it in who you are, regardless of what you do.
That’s why I wrote my latest book [amazon_link id=”1591847524″ target=”_blank” ]Louder Than Words[/amazon_link], which releases next Tuesday, August 11. I wanted to distill the stories and practices of people whose voices and work resonate deeply, and who have carved a unique path through the wilderness. I share more about why I wrote it in the video below.
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I'm Todd Henry.
I write books, speak internationally on productivity, creativity, leadership, and passion for work, and help people and teams generate brilliant ideas. More