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Do The Work You Love

Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we examine how to bridge the gap between work and fun.

People often assume that entrepreneurs already do the work they love. After all, they are in charge, right? But unfortunately, it’s all too common for entrepreneurs to feel trapped in the same way a worker in a cubicle often does. While you may have started from a place of inspiration and fun, growing a small business can quickly turn into a stressful day job.

Is it Time to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?

Founder of Living Your Legend, Scott Dinsmore connected with hundreds of professionals, many of whom quit their jobs after speaking with him. He stressed the importance of doing what you love now rather than wasting time in a job that will some day “pay off.”

“The biggest risk isn’t that you’re going to try something and it’s not going to work out. The biggest risk is that you wake up a year from now, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and wish you would have done things different. The biggest risk is doing nothing.”

Apply this to your current position. Is there something about your business that you are itching to change? A new direction or addition that seems exciting?

Let Your Passions and Work Collide

We are often hesitant to bring too much fun (or too much vulnerability) into the workplace. We worry that we’ll fall behind or lose focus, or that customers will stop supporting us if we change. This constant “nose to the grindstone” attitude can make us forget why we’re in business. In his TEDTalk Dinsmore says, “I wanted to find the work I couldn’t not do.”

When framed this way, can you see your career taking a new direction? Rather than focusing on things you feel you must do, can you open up space to incorporate that which you can’t not do?