A large part of the secret of success in your career.
One of the secrets that I have observed over a lifetime is that people who are truly successful have 2 things in common.
- They have a passion for what they’re doing.
- They happen to be extremely good at it.
Let me give you an example. Because I traveled internationally, the only thing that would fit in my briefcase was a silver flute. You can picture me in the airport in Europe someplace tooting on my flute and people would throw me nickels and dimes.
The point is, that over the years I had many teachers, and I had one teacher that would have given anything to be first chair in the symphony. He really wasn’t that good, and begrudgingly, he gave flute lessons. He didn’t particularly enjoy them, but that was how he made his living.
On the other hand, I had another teacher who was so fantastically good that he could have played in any symphony he wanted, but he loved to teach. You could see it in his teaching. The point is, often success comes to those who have a passion for something, and also have a skill for that particular interest.
As a result, I have become a very strong advocate of vocational testing. I have had all of my children and grandchildren tested, and I am constantly amazed at how closely the analysis of their strengths and weaknesses are accurately described by the tests.
Therefore, I will often say to a young person who is starting to explore and grope their way through life, that they really ought to go to their local university and seek out vocational testing. They could also go on the Internet and find vocational testing.
I know that in my own case, I have been extremely lucky, because I love to teach and work with people, and I’m extremely fortunate in that people have told me I do it very well.