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Be Passionate About What You Do

Do what you love - Love what you Do!

If I’ve learned anything in my years on this Earth, it’s to do what you love and are passionate about, or you’re cheating your client (or boss), and more importantly yourself. A client that does their own bookkeeping and hates it, is likely to make a mess of it.

I’ve seen a lot of messages floating around the VA Forums about what skills to offer, comparing ones’ own skills to others’ and how would they be able to make it in the VA world with their particular of skills. That one doesn’t have this skill or that skill, and won’t be able to compete with others who have those skills. My question is… Why would you want to compete? Why not find your passion and do that?

Be Passionate

Darlene of D. Victoria Virtual Assistance creates A Virtual Perception Podcasts. From listening to her Podcasts, you can tell she’s passionate about what she does. It shows in every episode she  loves every minute of it. Can I do what she does? Maybe, but I’m not passionate about it, and probably wouldn’t be very good at it. We’re not in competition.

Because she’s not passionate about bookkeeping, she wouldn’t want to compete with me.  My passion is to apply my bookkeeping expertise to help business owners do just that. My other passions are Organization and Systems, and helping others find their way. All of these things are interrelated.

Love what you do!

When I started my first business a dozen years ago, I didn’t remember much about the bookkeeping that I learned in Business School. That first year was pretty rough when I went to the accountant with our taxes. He recommended QuickBooks, and an Accounting class I could take at the University that really sparked my interest. I continued on with my business, and found myself being sucked into the bookkeeping part of making the business run. I found out that I LOVED bookkeeping, and that second year when I went to the accountant, with the books in hand, and the tax forms mostly filled out, he said I had a knack for it.

Fast forward a few years when I was looking for a job and put QuickBooks experience on my resume (because by then I knew it backwards and forwards) and I landed a job with a small business. It was then that I became passionate about bookkeeping, and helping this business owner understand his financial picture.

Fast Forward a few more years, and I’m getting into the VA world, almost by accident. The opportunity literally dropped into my inbox, and I went zooming off to an unknown future, away from a job and commute I disliked. See, this job had nothing to do with bookkeeping. Numbers and sales goals, yes, but not bookkeeping. I was ill more often, had accidents, and a general dislike of the people I was dealing with and the situation I was in. I was doing my employer a disservice by going through the motions.

Today, I help others; to get organized, put systems in place, and understand their financial picture. I love what I do, and I’m passionate about it.

©2009 Kathy Crofoot

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Darlene
February 27th, 2009

Kathy,

Doing what you love ultimately has an affect on you both professionally and personally. Your post was spot on. Keep doing what you love! :)