Thursday, September 06, 2012

I am inspired by what Steve Jobs said at the All Things Digital Conference in 2007.

"People say you got to have a lot of passion for what you're doing and it's totally true!  Because it's so hard if you don't, that any rational person would give up.  It's really hard because you have to do it for a sustained period of time.  So, if you don't love it and you're not having fun doing it, you're going to give up. This happens to most people. If you really look at the ones that ended up being successful in the eyes of society, they were successful because they loved what they did so that they could persevere when it got really tough.  The ones that didn't love it, quit. It's a lot of hard work and a lot of worrying constantly. If you don't love it, you're going to fail.  You got to love it and have passion! The second thing is, you got to be a really good talent scout because no matter how smart you are, you need a team of great people. You've got to figure out how to size people up quickly, make decisions without knowing people too well, hire them, see how you do and refine your intuition. You must be able to help build an organization that would eventually build itself because you need great people around you."

This is very true and it relates to how I feel about my own career and business.  I love what I do and I was fortunate to find my passion in recruiting in my late 20s and able to persevere during 2 bear markets, Black Monday, .com crash, 9/11, SARS, the financial meltdown / Lehman shock and the March 11th earthquake/tsunami. I'm still standing tall,  my spirits are high and I remain optimistic about the resilience of the Japanese people and economy, well managed companies and future economic outlook of Asia.

I couldn't have survived this long in a business where 90% of recruiting companies fail in their 5th year without having great people around me and having my passion.  I am not here to praise myself but to make a point to you that if you love what you do and you're passionate about it, you will not only survive but thrive in good and bad times.

So, what are you passionate about?  What keeps you going in your career and life?   I'd like to hear your comments.


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