No Guarantees

There are no guarantees that your creative work will succeed.

But neither are there guarantees of success if you take a more traditional career path.

One thing you quickly learn after starting your own company or work at a startup is the fine line between success and failure.

When you are working as an employee at an established company, the need to make a profit is present, but abstracted away from you. You don’t need to know how to fix or make a car in order to drive it. As an employee, your paycheck is abstracted away from the need to sell your product or service. It’s there in the cultural atmosphere—especially if the company isn’t doing well—but it’s not your direct concern. Instead, it’s the founder(s) and leadership role to make sure everything runs smoothly and that you get paid on time.

Or in other words, there’s no assurance that you’ll always be at the level of success or a higher level of success working at a company (We’ll, the exception being incredible successful companies like Apple or Google. But even then it’s not inevitable. Apple was doing poorly until Steve Jobs came back after being ousted from Apple early on.)

Success isn’t inevitable.

That’s why loving the work you do matter even more.

If you don’t love the work you are doing, or you don’t align with the values of the company you are working for, you are neither doing yourself or the company a favor by continuing to work there.

Passion is longevity. We should always be striving to love what we do, and continuously tweaking and honing our skills to align with the type of work we want to do.

Even the best idea in the world could be poorly timed or be met with an apathetic market.

And having lots of money of investment doesn’t mean you’ve actually created something people find helpful and love.

So if nothing is guaranteed, then why wouldn’t we choose work that we love?

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1113

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