Follow your dreams.
Pursue your passion.
Do what you love doing.
That’s common advice these days. And I admit, it is nice when you get paid to do what you would do for free. But the reality is different for many people. Work is not always fun. Your job description isn’t always perfectly suited to your strengths. Sometimes, you just have to make it happen.
I’ve been reading Born Standing Up by Steve Martin. The autobiography chronicles his early years in stand up comedy, when he worked hard to perfect a 5-10 minute bit and performed it in empty rooms and coffee shops over the period of ten years.
In a 2007 interview on the Carlie Rose, Martin said this:L
“Nobody ever takes note of [my advice] because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is “Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script,’…but I always say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’”
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
That’s dang good advice.
Maybe it’s not so much about following our dreams and passion as it is putting in the hard work to get good at something. What if the dream happens because you’ve worked, not because you had a dream and tried to make it work?