This piece has been started, erased, and started again; multiple times. The passing of any artist creates emotions and retrospectives. This year we have had a number to choose from. Yours may have been David Bowie, Glenn Frey, or Lemmy Kilmister. Mine was Prince.
Understand for a moment. I grew up in the Midwest in a pretty religious family. Prince wasn’t exactly welcomed in my home. His open expression of love, sex, and music was a bit much for my conservatives parentage. That didn’t exactly stop me from listening where and when I could. It wasn’t about the lyrics necessarily. Yes, “Darling Nikki” has a certain allure to a young person as they develop their own identity. It was the way he oozed passion. Not just sexual passion, but passion for life.
His performances were electric and exhausting. There is the clip of him playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with other rock legends. He kills it. His Super Bowl Half Time performance is arguably the best to date. Those who were lucky enough to see him in person witnessed someone truly giving their all to their craft because it was their life.
What does this have to do with you, your business? Well, that depends. What are you doing today, tomorrow, that you are really passionate about? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What can you not, not do? There are plenty of stories surfacing about Prince and his recordings. One says there wasn’t a day that went by in the last 40 years he didn’t record something. Think about that for a minute. His manager would identify local recording studios while scheduling tours. Just so Prince could record after a concert. After the man poured out for two or three hours this fire in him wanted to create more. So, I’ll ask you again. What are you passionate about?
I’ll tell you mine. I love connecting people. It’s odd for someone who’s a bit of an introvert, but that is what I truly love. I also write poetry. No, you can’t see it. Creating content like this weekly blog, our various podcasts, or other initiatives. If it involves creating something out of seemingly nothing I am for it. But when I can put all of these things together, that is bliss. When I get to watch a new contributor or host on our shows shine and connecting with others that is awesome. I’ve watched with giddiness as our community has responded to our new blogger, Johnnie. It’s stories like hers, and others, that gets me out of bed and keeps me going.
So, what’s yours? What is your passion, and how do you feed it? Can you make a living at it? Before you answer that question, understand that I run AVNation full time now and am living my passion. You can too. It may take you five years, or you might be able to do it tomorrow.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.