What Do You Love To Do?

ribsHave you ever seen someone react negatively to something that you enjoy doing? I have. It is a normal part of life, but sometimes those negative reactions cause people to quit doing the thing that they love.  So I have to ask, what do you love to do? If you chose to create a business out of this thing, how would people react? Here is a recent example from my world.

I have a farmer friend that raises pigs. A year or so ago, he learned that I was willing to process a pig if he ever had one that was available. Yes, I do mean “butchering”, when I say “processing”. You see when pigs are old enough to ship to market, there are occasions when a pig is not suitable to ship. For example, it may have a broken leg or some other issue that would make it unacceptable. Normally a pig like that would be sent to the rendering plant. However, for someone who is willing to go to the trouble, it can be a source of inexpensive and wonderful pork. I am referring to bacon, pork chops, pork steaks, ham, ground pork, sausage, tenderloins and wonderful roasts.

I learned from my Dad when I was growing up that if you put your mind to something, you can find a way to accomplish pretty much anything. I used that type of thinking when I began processing my own pork a couple of years ago. I really enjoy most of it, and the end result is delicious. When the work is complete, there is a huge sense of satisfaction that I saved my family hundreds of dollars and we have some choice meat for a long time.

Some people think this is a very cool thing, but others think it is gross, weird, or unusual to say the least. When I get these reactions I realize that I don’t need the approval of others.  While I have no plans to turn this “hobby” into a career, it still illustrates the point.  Here are some things we can learn from this example.

·         Don’t be afraid to do something your way. – When others think that you shouldn’t do something, it just means that they can’t see themselves doing it. Some people are not able to see things the way you do. Give it a try anyway. Learn what you can, get the advice of those you trust and then test yourself. You may be surprised at how resourceful you are!

·         If you have good reasons, be confident and move forward! – It is so important to take action. Action builds confidence, and when you are confident in what you can accomplish with your own two hands, you become more effective in other areas of your life.

·         Your first attempt may be difficult. – The first time through anything can be messy. When you are “processing” an animal, it is definitely messy! On my most recent pig, I was surprised at how fast I was able to do the entire job from start to finish this time. I pretty much did the work myself, although one of my sons helped with the ugliest and most difficult tasks. You get better as you go, and over time, you develop systems that move things along quickly. Whether you are building something, coaching someone, providing a service, selling something or teaching someone, you will learn to streamline your tasks, and eventually get good at your new thing.

·         You might fail. – It’s ok! You never know unless you try. Be thankful for your failures. They are required for success.

So what do you love to do?  Be willing to make a mess.  Take Action! You will be glad you did!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Rocky, Great article. It’s never a good idea to view our ideas through someone else’s filter. We should trust our instinct and remember that there is no progress without failure!

  • Well said, Darrell! It is so common to simply not try. I guess that helps give me purpose. Thanks for reading!