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"it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at. something you hate.” (George Burns)

My friend Cecil posted that along with some great personal thoughts on it, and I was reminded of a conversation I had with a friend named Kim Hudson back in the 1980’s.

From my perspective Kim was quite wealthy, he had this huge house next to a country club where he would entertain about 100 people every Christmas with food and drinks. I would sing and play guitar during this event and always enjoyed it because he treated me the same as the guests. Not one time did I every feel like the “hired help”.

After we got to know each other he invited me to stay over in the guest room. The next morning his wonderful wife Rhonda would fix us breakfast and we’d have a nice conversation at the breakfast table. I was dirt poor at the time, so it was the one time of the year I could sit with a successful person and visit like that.

Taking advantage of the opportunity I asked him one time “Kim what’s the difference between you and me? What did you do different? How can I be successful like you?” He got quiet and thought about the question for a while, then finally looked at me really serious (which was surprising because Kim didn’t get too serious at these festive occasions!) and he said “Bill, find something you love to do so much that you would do it for free, but find a way to get paid for it.” He went on to say “When I was a kid, I used to ‘play shop’ with Monopoly money. I loved making change, buy and selling… all of that. I knew at five years old that someday I wanted to own a store, and I still love doing it.”

That was good advice. I always thought a man should just be glad he had a job and that EVERYONE hated going to work! Now I know different. I love the work I do, and as a result I have been much more successful.

I am indebted to my friend Kim for a number of things, but that one piece of advice was life changing.

How about you? Are you doing what you love? If not, is there some way to start doing what you REALLY want to do on the side, or train yourself for it? I was 43 years old when I started college to become a programmer. It was a drastic career change, often difficult, but I have never regretted it.

My hope is that you can be successful and enjoy what you do as much as I do.

Have a great day everyone!