Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away… and so commences the frantic search for the perfect floral arrangement and accompanying dinner reservation. This opportunity to celebrate our significant other (or for some, a reminder of their lack of) is quite polarizing. But whether you embrace the holiday or cringe at its romantic gooeyness, the notion of love has something to teach us all professionally.
Simply put, love compels. It instills in us a passion, a spark. Think about it – when you love someone, suddenly you’re willing to move mountains. Whether similar or complete opposite, somehow as a couple you’re compatible. You simply can’t get enough of that special person. And if the relationship becomes threatened, you fight for it.
Translating this passion into your business is easy – just love what you do. It begins with aligning yourself with a position that matches your talents, hence compatibility. If you are good at what you do, chances are you’ll enjoy it more. Work claims approximately one third of our time (and for some of us, significantly more). Why simply endure these hours?… thrive in them! Furthermore, if you’re passionate about what you do, you’re most apt to meet your goals – and even move a few of those mountains. Setbacks won’t destroy you, but resolve you to come up with creative solutions to combat business challenges. No doubt, hard work and talent is a solid duo for success, but combined with love, both your business and personal development can be taken to new heights.
From this perspective, love really does conquer all. This Valentine’s Day, celebrate who you love, but also the ability to do what you love. I hope that each of you have already found your ideal “work mate.” If not, I encourage you to use the Chamber as your cupid to help match you with the right people and opportunities as you pursue what you really want. Our passion is to help you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a florist to call and a dinner reservation to make.
At your service,
Chairman, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.