A Knight Full of Passion

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Do you like what you do? The simplest of questions, but sometimes it gets over complicated with the answer.

Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson, absolutely loves what he does, and makes passion and fun focal points of his business structure. "Fun is one of the most important — and underrated — ingredients in any successful venture. If you're not having fun, then it's probably time to call it quits and try something else.” Branson goes on to say that, "A passionate belief in your business and personal objectives can make all the difference between success and failure. If you aren't proud of what you're doing, why should anybody else be?"

There is a small HVAC company that was started a few years ago by a gentleman who had been in the industry for well over twenty years. When he decided to start his own business, he kept true to what he knew and stayed in the HVAC field. It made the most sense. What he later found was that he had traded a career that he wasn’t happy in, for a new career that he wasn’t happy in; and sure there were the perks of being the boss, but he was still doing the same job, but working more hours and bringing in less pay. When this business owner was asked if he liked what he did, his answer was yes, but the more that he talked, the more came out that his passion was somewhere else.

What are you passionate about and how can you use that to enrich your life?

Let’s look again at Sir Richard Branson. On the outside he is a daredevil and self-made billionaire, but if you look closer not all of his ventures were successful. Take Virgin Cola for example; Branson thought that he could beat out Coke and Pepsi, but underestimated his larger competitors, and Virgin Cola was an expensive, but short lived idea. Did the defeat stop Branson? No, because he tried and he learned a lesson that moved him forward.

The only failure is in not trying. At no point am I saying quit your job and do something drastic; I simply want you to think about what you love to do. Is there money to be made by your passion? The gentleman from above who started his own HVAC company closed his business. Not because he failed, but because he pursued his dream of woodworking, and now creates custom wood furniture for people. It was a long bumpy road, but the journey was well worth it.

So I’ll ask the question again, do you like what you do? If the answer is no, that’s ok, but what is stopping you from pursuing your passion?


April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.

Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.

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