I recently stumbled upon this inspirational blog post from entrepreneur Derek Sivers.
His main point can be summed up by this excerpt:
“When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no.”
I think Sivers has a good point here. If you aren’t passionate about something, why do it? Why settle for less if you can wait for something that truly inspires and motivates you?
I don’t think he sees the big picture though. Doing things that make you say, “Well…okay….” is just a part of life, and the results can be good.Even if the experience itself is sub-par, there are still lessons to be learned. If you decide to pass on committing to something just because it doesn’t rev your engine, you can miss out on something valuable.
Here’s an example. The other day in a staff meeting, I was given the option to cover Republican senate candidate Monica Wehby‘s election celebration party later that night. My initial reaction? “Hell no!” Standing around for a few hours waiting for election results to come out did not sound appealing to me, when I had other projects I would much rather be working on.
But I found myself saying, “Well…okay….”
I ended up having a great time, got some free food and learned a lot of valuable information about political issues. It was an exciting night for Oregonians, and I was able to be a part of history. The best part? I met other reporters at the event and made some great connections – radio, television, other newspapers… Walking away with my stomach full and pocket full of business cards, I was grateful that I chose to take up this opportunity even though it had never piqued my interest.
So, take a lesson from Napoleon Dynamite here and learn to settle for less than a “Hell yeah!”
“Hell yeahs” are great and you should take them every chance you get, but there are times when events that inspire much less can prove to be extremely rewarding.