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It's not Discipline, it's Devotion

It’s not Discipline, it’s Devotion

In this week’s Postcards from the Edge series, with the Two of Spades, we’re doing some things we really love to do. Every day. No exceptions.

I can’t tell you just how important I think this is to the success of your career or your business. The mindset that comes with putting yourself and your desires first and only then doing everything else you need to do. The mindset of doing something because you really want to, not because you have to. When you think about it, it’s very much to do with Love, which isn’t always a word associated with business at all.

I once heard that Luciano Pavarotti, the legendary opera singer (whom I had the pleasure of hearing when I worked at The Royal Opera House many years ago) had replied to a comment that it must be very demanding and take so much discipline to practice as much as he did in order to get that good:

“Discipline? It has nothing to do with discipline – it’s devotion”.

I love that quote, because it reminds me what a true calling is. It also reminds me that I’m not there yet – mine isn’t as clear to me as Pavarotti’s was to him. And I’m convinced that the way to find it, or maybe more accurately, feel it, is to allow myself to be drawn to it. That won’t happen at all if I just keep on doing all the things I feel I should do, pushing myself on, with willpower and discipline alone, which I and many other workaholic business owners, perhaps yourself included, are often very good at.

Add a good dose of Devotion into your working mix and see if and how that changes things:

  • What are the differences for you in the feeling of being disciplined and the feeling of being devoted with regard to your work?
  • How many times in the average working day do you feel devoted to what you’re doing?
  • What would your business or career have to include in order for you to be truly devoted to it?

Are you doing your greatest work right now or are you on the path to doing so? If not, maybe you too need to up your Devotion level on a regular basis…


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