Amy Rees Anderson

The Energy That Comes From Doing What You Love

“The only great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Tonight I was asked to give a keynote speech to a group of entrepreneurs at Startup Ignition, a startup Bootcamp program for entrepreneurs. Truth be told as I was driving down to give my speech I was feeling exhausted from having had a very long week that has included dealing with some unpleasant things (as those following my blog can probably tell from the topics I’ve written about the last three days of posts).  But when I walked into the room of entrepreneurs and I stood at the front and began sharing lessons I have learned from my entrepreneurial journey it was as if all the stresses of the week just melted away and I became completely focused on helping to inspire those who had come to hear my talk.

Being able to help other people through sharing the lessons I have learned and giving them the tips and tricks that helped me to succeed, which I know can also help them to succeed, is one of my favorite things in this entire world to do. I truly LOVE that feeling of knowing that all of the struggles I went through, and all of the mistakes I made before I was finally able to get it right in business, can be used to benefit the lives of other people. I can honestly say that nothing in this world is more fulfilling for me than spending my time helping others to excel. It brings me pure joy.

“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – unknown

Tonight was a great reminder of how much energy we have when we are doing what we love to do. Doing what we love to do is the best pick me up in the world. It’s like getting shot of adrenaline that gives us boundless energy! Our stresses are forgotten and are replaced with passion and excitement. Which is exactly what happened with me tonight – My stresses were forgotten and even though I had needed to leave by 8:30pm I ended up staying answering questions after my talk until nearly 10pm without even realizing how late it had gotten because I was doing exactly what I love to do. And that brought me pure joy.

Have a beautiful day everyone and be sure to make time to do what you love to do!

~Amy Rees Anderson

4 Comments

  • Keenan Price says:

    Thank you for coming and sharing your experiences with us Amy!

    You opened my eyes to a lot of different areas that I need to improve in my business as well as my personal life. I have never actually heard of a dream poster before (I thought you were talking about the motivational posters with witty sayings on them at first haha). Lately I’ve been feeling that I need to be more honest and accountable with myself by setting clearer goals in my life. I have 2 or 3 key goals but they are rather abstract, which is a problem because I don’t feel that thinking of them on a tough day energizes me at all. I love the idea of having a visual I can look at to remind myself why I am doing what I’m doing. I’ve already began brainstorming what I want on my board! (I have to admit though, there’s a degree of accountability that scares me senseless. Concrete goals are easier to miss than abstract goals and I suppose that deep down, that’s probably why I haven’t set any. Now I need to prove to myself I can reach them!)

    Thanks again Amy!

    Keenan

  • Annalee Pawlowski says:

    I really appreciated your talk last night. You are always very inspiring, witty, and insightful. Glad you still brought your A game amidst a rough day and delivered a powerful talk! I had the same type of experience last night where being in a room with people you love being around creates an energy that makes “our stresses are forgotten and replaced with passion and excitement.” – well articulated. Thanks!!

  • Jane says:

    You have inspired me so many times, just when I needed it Amy. Your readers and listeners are a testimony to your life changing speeches and blogs.

    As one of your avid readers and fans, I did notice immediately that you were dealing with some tough issues. Your wisdom is your best ammunition and your integrity is your best armor. Prayers for blessings to come from your grit.

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