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A Passion for What?

August 30, 2012 — 1 Comment

I spent today in a sort of live master mind group – facilitating a round table discussion, working with several small business owners.  At the heart of every successful small business, or even sales territory, is a passion.  If you build your business trying to fake passion just to make a dollar, you’re bound to fail.  Not only will people see through your facade, you’ll be wasting your life.  If you plan to spend the next ten or twenty years doing something, make sure your passion is at the heart of it.  There are probably a dozen paths you can take; just make sure your passion is central to your work.

How do you find this passion?  We spent today do just that… on planning vision, setting the mission, looking at personal talents and gifts, and considering the people we serve in our businesses.  We looked at the three components Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, gives us in his hedgehog concept; Passion, becoming the best, and determining your economic engine.  Setting aside time to do this kind of planning is likely the best thing you can do for your business.  From this we came up with numerous ideas on how to develop new products, adjacent markets, greater efficiencies and profits, and how to structure time away from the business grind to plan, course correct, and renew the vision.

When was the last time you took the time to make sure you are headed in the right direction?

© 2012, David Stelzl


My handcrafted bookcase

Months ago I embarked on a new project – my first major woodworking project, complete with exotic hardwoods, joinery, and inlays.  Starting with raw mahogany boards, I’ve come to this picture (left)…Several times during the process I found myself stopping in frustration as I took rough lumber, resawed it down to board size, planed it, joined it, and fit pieces together.  Cutting moldings, fluting, routing, and sanding…it’s a big deal.  There are no nails in this type of building – it’s precise, cumbersome, artistic, and difficult.  How did I get here?   Mentors and reading.

Woodworking is a skill.  There are so many tricks and techniques to building jigs, joining wood, and just making things work; it’s something you could go to school for I guess, but the best way is to work alongside someone who really knows – someone with experience.  The master craftsman and the apprentice.  With our focus on schools and universities, we’ve lost a lot of this, but for thousands of years, this has proved out to be the most efficient way to learn and grow.  Co-op programs, apprenticeships, interns…business coaching; it’s all mentorship.  It’s finding someone who has been there, or has hands-on experience, who is able to take the time to walk another person through the process.  Whether you’re building, writing, drawing, parenting, or building a business – find experts to learn from.  Some are paid, others are free, but in the long run, the investments you make will return to far more than you can imagine.

© 2011, David Stelzl


How often do your clients send stuff through email that just shouldn’t be sent?  I came across this tool through a client recently – up to five sends free per month; and support for up to 2GB files!  Pretty cool stuff.  This morning I used it to send some very large files to a client in Chicago.  I created an account, uploaded the files which exceeded YouSendIt’s capabilities, and then was given the choice on how to the receiver should authenticate.  I chose to have them enter their cell phone and receive a txt message with a 4 digit code – check it out: