Loving What You Do Is A Privilege. Grind on, my friend.

Loving What You Do Is A Privilege

DAN WALDSCHMIDTEDGY CONVERSATIONS SEP. 8, 2013, 8:50 PM 1,089 5

Sometimes you just have to gut it out. Stick it out. Fight it out. Stay out of the way of disaster.

It’s sexy to talk about “loving your job” and “pursuing your passion”But in-between your idea to get started and the finish line is pain and sweat and tears.

Not love. Not joy. Not fun. Just hard damn work. (And a lot of it)

You have to grit it out.

Grind it out. Work on days when you’re sick-and-tired and tired and sick.

You have to put in effort even though no one else believes in you. Even though you’re not sure you believe in what you’re doing.

Your boss might be an idiot. Your coworkers might be short sighted, passive aggressive punks. Your clients might abuse you. Your prospects might lie to you. The world could be crumbling down around you.

And yet, if you are going to be awesome, you just need to grind on.

You don’t love the pain. You don’t enjoy the sweat that gets in your eyes. You aren’t passionate about getting emotionally kicked-in-the-gut each day.

But, you do what needs to be done. And that’s what makes you awesome.

Loving what you do is a privilege. It is an honor. It is a reward for grinding out progress in the darkest of days.

Unless your passion in life is to “fool around”, you’ll never love everything about what you have to do in order to be successful.

But that’s okay, because if you grind it out for long enough you’ll love the place you’ve arrived at.

Grind on, my friend.

About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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