I’ve always thought that The Offspring hit the nail on the head back in ’94:
Now I know I’m being used
That’s okay because I like the abuse
I know she’s playing with me
That’s okay ’cause I’ve got no self-esteem
I think we all do things that aren’t necessarily good for us. Some of it is subconscious, some of it we’re fully aware of.
For example: Just three weeks ago I promised myself that I was going to take a 9-month break from the stress and anxiety of hosting CPE seminars on the road. A nice little vacation from the frustration of dealing with hotel contracts and sales people. A short break from the financial pressure and marketing challenges that go with filling a live event. And most certainly a holiday away from the extreme social anxiety that I have to slog through when doing public speaking.
But, of course, this morning my brain said, “Oh come on, Jassen, you’re going to be in Seattle for a week anyway, why not put on a tax resolution boot camp?”
And then, I suddenly found myself calling hotels, scrambling to put together a marketing plan, contemplating curriculum updates, and placing print orders.
Why would I do this to myself?
Maybe I’ve got no self-esteem, and I don’t feel “alive” without something to stress out over. I’m sure there’s something to that, but I’ll play Internet psychologist another day, because I know there’s another answer.
It’s quite simple, really: I love sharing the gospel of tax resolution with my colleagues.
That’s it. Pure and simple. All the stress and anxiety is worth it, because I literally have the best job in the world. I get to share a subject I’m passionate about with people that genuinely want to learn about the subject, and then YOU take those learnings and help save jobs, save small businesses, save families from the wrath of the IRS.
That’s why I keep hitting myself.
What about you? Why do you keep hitting yourself?
Here’s an even better question: What work are you slogging through that frustrates you, annoys you, and stresses you out — but that you don’t have a passion for?
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