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Victoria Munro of Make-it-FlyThree Keys to Keep Passion and Play
In Business and Life
By Victoria Munro

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We live in challenging times. Watching the news or just looking around, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, even discouraged or a bit fearful. The following three keys have not only helped me weather the ups and downs of business and life, but have helped me to enjoy the journey—and have fun along the way!

This may seem frivolous—after all, business is serious, life is sometimes hard and running your own company can be tough. However, I’m convinced that, if you want to be successful over the long haul, it’s crucial to keep passion and play alive and well in your business and your life.

Key #1
Focus on What You Love to Doenjoy doing what you do!

Studies have repeatedly shown that highly successful people are generally passionate about what they do. In his recent book, The Richest Man in Town, author Randy Jones interviews 50 of the richest men and women in cities large and small across the United States. Almost without exception these people worked for themselves and worked really hard, but thoroughly enjoyed and were fulfilled doing what they did. It wasn’t always easy, but the fact that they loved what they did helped them withstand the pressures of  business and life.

Another recently published book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by fellow Liverpudlian Ken Robinson, addresses this issue. He claims that people are truly ‘in their element’ when they’re working at the intersection of their passion and natural gifting. For entrepreneurs, I would add a third important component: a product or service that people want and can afford to buy.

Incorporating these three elements can be key to success. It’s also important to define exactly what ‘success’ means to you.

Key #2
Un-Stress—De-stress for long-term success

Stress is part of life and, though there is harmful stress, it’s not all bad. Owning and running a business is stressful at times—after all, the buck stops with you. If you’ve come from the corporate world of regular paychecks and support systems to help you get your job done, entrepreneurship can be doubly stressful.

Certainly, keeping a clear vision of your life and your future and following realistic, clearly defined goals to get there will not only help to keep you focused but will ease this stress.

It can be helpful to determine what triggers stress for you, then take a look inside and find out where each stressor came from. Ask yourself, “Where and when did this start?” Identifying and being aware of what causes our stress is sometimes all we need to stop falling into the same traps again.

Click here to check out some effective stress-busting tips. Laughter is also good medicine for stress.

Key #3
kNow what you really want in Life—Clarify your vision and purpose

Like the account of Alice in Alice in Wonderland, many of us haven’t taken time to clearly define what we want and where we want to take our lives and businesses. Walking along, Alice comes to a fork in the road. The Cheshire Cat is sitting there, and Alice asks him which way she should go. The cat logically asks Alice where she wants to end up, to which she replies, “I don’t much care where as long as it’s somewhere.” “Then,” says the Cat, “It doesn’t matter which way you walk.” This seems absurd, yet it’s easy for entrepreneurs to become absorbed in the daily chores of running the business and become like Alice.

“If you don’t have a plan, how will you know when you get there? The single greatest mistake most entrepreneurs make is embarking on a business without a written plan.”
~ Jay Conrad Levinson and Seth Godin,
The Guerilla Marketing Handbook

It’s important to have a written plan for any business, but to be truly successful it should be based on a life plan. Think about what you want your life and your business to look like two, three or five years from now. Hanging a picture, or collage of pictures, showing your business in the future makes this even more powerful.

Keeping your desired destination clearly in view like this will inspire and motivate you to move toward it. It can keep you going in the tough times too. Plus, it’s fun to assess your progress along the way.

Keeping passion and play alive in your business and life by using these three keys can help you get where you want to go, stay healthy and balanced, and have fun along the way.

(785 words)
© 2005-2008 Victoria Munro.

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About the Author: Victoria Munro is co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly® LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for small-business owners through creatively designed programs and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different businesses. To receive FREE business success articles with tips to help you with your business, sign up for their award-winning ezine, “In-Flight Refueling,” at:, and receive a free copy of the eBook, Get More Done in Less Time: 101 Quick and Easy Time Tactics & Tips.

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