We’re often told that if we pursue our passion and do what we love as a career, we will — to quote Confucius — never have to work a day in our life. And let’s not forget the phrase: “Do what you love and the money will follow.”
In theory, pursuing your passion as a career should be easy, effortless and create a monetary nirvana where income flows and happiness prevails. Reality, however, demonstrates that few who follow such advice will ever reach their desired destination.
But how do you become one of those who eventually reach success? Obviously, there’s no one way for everyone, but here are five examples of super-successful people, who've made it and lessons they've learned.
Oprah Winfrey - Go With Your Gut Instinct
Oprah Winfrey’s talk show garnered millions of fans for her empathetic approach to interviewees from all walks of life. News executives weren’t such fans, though, firing Winfrey from her first TV job for being too “emotionally involved” with her stories. But this was just one small setback for Winfrey, who grew up in rural poverty and was abused throughout her childhood. Winfrey became a millionaire at 32 and today is worth $2.9 billion.
Oprah Winfrey has said that she always trusted her gut instinct with any of the major changes in her life, including her T.V show. It’s when you doubt your gut and being to start questioning it with others, that you often end up going against your gut and making the wrong choice.
In business it’s very important that you make the right decisions, and having a little faith in yourself and your gut might make the differences you need.