July 11, 2017
How much are you willing to invest into your passion? What are you willing to endure in the name of good faith just to be in the presence of your purpose, knowing full well these infantile steps could go on for miles before you can pick up the pace and start traversing upwards? Many a success story has been foiled by the inability to start from the bottom. When you find your passion, or it finds you, there should be no limit to the amount of Sweat Equity you are willing to pour into it, with the only return being experience and perseverance.
Sweat Equity is a check written to your passion, backed by effort, and cashed by progress. It’s what you are driven to do by your purpose, and what you are compelled to sacrifice in order to breathe life into a passion you have not yet mastered. But signing a check over to your passion will always come at the cost of your ego. Making that investment while thinking you deserve more because of your resume, experience, or pride, instead of effort, will only result in a bounced check and some hurt feelings.
In any situation, you must learn to follow before you can lead. Implementing humble followership into the ascent towards your passion is the quickest way to seamlessly build Sweat Equity in whatever it is you see as your vision for the future. It may not be glamorous, it may feel beneath you, and it probably won’t resemble success in the least, but it is in this time and place where you will learn that although you cannot put a price on your passion, it will most definitely come at a worthwhile cost. The difference is, with this check…you decide how much there is in the bank. – CPT Ryan