Good morning, Believe Nation!
Today’s message is do what you love. Over to you, Ivanka Trump.
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I look around at my girlfriends and at my guy friends and they’re in jobs that they don’t really have a lot of growth potential and that they’re not passionate about, and I think if we’re ever going to make bold decisions, it has to be at this point in our life.
You know, we have to be out there, we have to be experimenting, we have to be looking for that which makes us tick, and I think a big part of that evolution for me was really, summer jobs and working and making sure to actually, you know, get into the world, and try different things and eliminate those which is as useful, eliminating those career paths that you’re not interested in, as it is, you know, doing things that do interest you.
“If we’re ever going to make bold decisions, it has to be at this point in our life.” – Ivanka Trump
But I think just being bold and taking risks when you’re young is so important because I can’t imagine working the hours that I do if I didn’t fundamentally love it. And I think that’s the difference between somebody’s successful and somebody that’s extremely successful. Somebody that’s good and somebody that’s exceptionally good is the level of drive, which directly stems from passion.
“Being bold and taking risks when you’re young is so important because I can’t imagine working the hours that I do if I didn’t fundamentally love it.” – Ivanka Trump
So this message has to be the most repeated message that I hear over and over and over and over again from people who have had success. And success in general, not just as entrepreneurs. I started off this channel only focusing on entrepreneurs and we branched out and we’ve looked at athletes, and we’ve looked at musicians, we’ve looked at singers, we’ve looked at artists, we’ve looked at inventors. And consistently, across everybody who’s reached the top of their game, the thing that they always say, always is you have to do what you love.
To do something that I love doing.
I love building teams.
Love the process of solving the problems.
That’s how much love I have for this thing that I do.
I love every minute of it.
Really love to do it.
Get involved in things that you love.
You’re so passionate, excited, and in love with.
“Across everybody who’s reached the top of their game, the thing that they always say, always is you have to do what you love.” – Evan Carmichael
And you may have heard that message before and you may say that that’s boring and it’s not interesting and I already know that, Evan, but are you doing it? ‘Cause the next part comes into how do I find what I’m passionate about? How do I find the thing that I love? And this is where so many people fall down. You find what you love by exploring, by testing, by trying, by when you get an idea for something, you don’t sit on it for five years and hope one day it’s going to happen.
You find some small way to get started, anything. An idea pops into your head, find a small way to get started and see if it makes you come alive or not. If you want to open a snowboarding school, maybe you should learn how to snowboard first, right? And you can go and learn how to snowboard right now, go. Pick up a snowboard, rent it, go take a lesson and see. Does it make you come alive? Do you want to keep doing this thing or not? Instead of making this list of all these things that one day you’re going to get to and never do.
“You find what you love by exploring, by testing, by trying” – Evan Carmichael
‘Cause what ends up happening is you settle. You settle. You have ideas for what to do. You never actually go out and do a lot of them. And what you’re in, is okay, it’s pretty good. The enemy of greatness is not crap. It’s not terrible. The enemy of greatness is good. Your situation right now, yeah, it could be better but could be a lot worse too, you’re good. You’re good, so you don’t have the hustle and drive to go for great. That’s where a lot of people fall down.
I’d like to say that the greatest basketball player of all time is not Michael Jordan, it’s not Wilt Chamberlain, it’s somebody who we’ve never heard. The greatest basketball of all time is a manager at Starbucks because he never picked up a basketball ’cause he never knew that he had that talent, that passion, that ability ’cause he didn’t try, ’cause he settled too soon. He settled too early for okay and lives an okay life, instead of having Michael Jordan level talent and dominating an industry.
” The enemy of greatness is good” – Evan Carmichael
You have the ability to dominate an industry. You have Michael Jordan level talent at something that you will wake up every day and want to crush and go out and practice and take shot after shot after shot and watch tape and be obsessed with. You have that for something and if it’s not for what you’re doing right now, then stop settling. Stop mailing it in. Stop being okay with an okay life. You could do more and not just for yourself.
You could do more to contribute to your family, to contribute to your community, to contribute to your country, to help the world with something. You have that ability, that talent inside you, and what are you doing with it? If you are not that obsessed about what you’re doing right now, I’m not saying drop it immediately and just float and hope something comes. But you’ve had ideas, right? You’ve had ideas of things to do. Stop sitting on them. Try it out. I never thought I would own the largest salsa dance studio maybe in the world. I never thought it. I never thought about salsa dancing at all but I went to a salsa club and I liked it and I wanted to learn more, and I wanted to do it again, and do it again, and practice and get better and improve.
“Stop being okay with an okay life” – Evan Carmichael
One thing led to another and here we are. That’s the story of a lot of entrepreneurs. If you have an idea for something, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot, to try it, to take some small step and move it forward. And you may try it and hate it, and that’s great information. Or you may try it and love it and want to come back and do it again, and do it again, and do it again. And if you find that thing that you want to just keep doing and keep grinding and keep getting better at and keep improving, and keep helping others with, that’s the thing that you could have Michael Jordan level talent at and you owe it to yourself to go for it.
” If you have an idea for something, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot, to try it, to take some small step and move it forward.” – Evan carmichael
So the question today, two parts;
One, first part. If you know what you have Michael Jordan level talent at, I want you to leave it in the comments below.
Part two, if you don’t know what you have Michael Jordan level talent at, I want you to write down three things that you’re going to start to explore this week.
That you’ve had ideas on and you haven’t done yet and you’re going to try it out this week. Three ideas, leave it in the comments below.
I also want to give a quick shout-out to Scott Stokes from swainwoodham.co.nz. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, Scott, Your One Word. It really really really means a lot to me. So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself.
And whatever your one word is and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
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Hey Believe Nation, we’re also looking at doing a top ten rules for success for Ivanka. Here is a sneak peek at some of the clips that we’re looking at. I hope you enjoy the bonus.
I think the only way to build confidence is through trial and error. I think when you’re young, one of the challenges is that you’re insecure about knowing nothing and you think people expect you to have all the answers. Now, as a 34-year-old, I’m okay with not having all the answers.
I recognize there’s a lot I don’t know and I own that and I love that and it makes me curious and helps me continue to grow. That’s why I always tell people, just get out and do things. You have to learn through trial and error, you have to just try.
“The only way to build confidence is through trial and error” – Ivanka Trump
And every time you try something, you get a little bit more experience, a little bit more wisdom, you build a little bit more confidence. So to all of you young people, just get out there, start doing things, take risks, just, just try.
Interviewer: I ask all the women that I interview, can women truly have it all? Because when someone looks at your life from the outside in, you’re a mother, you’re a wife, you’re a real estate developer, you have a full time job, but you have another full time job because you also have a very successful clothing and accessories business. So it seems like you have it all, but do you think women really can have it all?
I think it’s a very difficult question and it’s one that I try not to answer for other people because I think by its nature, what is having it all mean? It means different things to different people. You know for me, it’s very important to have a family but it’s also very important to be professionally fulfilled.
“You just have to do the best you can do.” – Ivanka Trump
For some people, one of those is important and the other isn’t, so you know, I think you have to figure out what your priorities are, in life are, and then architect your life around those priorities. I think when people start to get lost, it’s when their lives are grossly inconsistent with their value set and their core priorities.
So for me, you know at the end of every week, I sort of do a self assessment of did I spend my time in the right way? Was I where I needed to be? You know, it’s, there are some days it’s okay to not be home for dinner. If I have a big deal, my priority may be that for that moment of time but I also know, if my child ever gets sick, if anything happens, well there goes every other priority. So I think it’s always a balance, and you just have to do the best you can do.