Date: 5/4/2015 1:00 PM UTC

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

If you ask people what they’re supposed to do or what they’re supposed to be, you’ll get a variety of responses. Virtually all of them will have one thing in common. “Supposed to” will be based on what someone else thinks. People will talk about what their boss expects, what their spouse expects, what their friends expect, what society expects, etc. We spend a huge percentage of our life doing what we’re “supposed” to do – based on somebody else’s ideas.

That’s not how it really works. What we’re really supposed to do is what we’re passionate about. What we’re really supposed to be is what that voice in our head tells us we’re supposed to be. When people say that someone “marches to the beat of their own drummer”, it’s usually meant to be an insult. But you’re supposed to march to the beat of your own drummer! That’s why he’s your drummer!

Think about your life. How many things are there because somebody else thinks it should be that way? Better question: how many things aren’t there that you wish were present? There are very few people in the world who can honestly say that they’re being and doing exactly what their passion tells them to do (or at least trying). Why do you think you’re passionate about things? Is it just by chance? No way. You’re passionate about those things because that’s what you are supposed to be doing.

What’s true about you personally also applies to you as a leader. So many leaders are afraid to try and move their organizations in a new direction and they make lots of excuses about why. I think one of the core reasons is they’re afraid that others within the organization (and without) will think they’re crazy. They’re afraid to chase what they’re passionate about because they’re afraid they might fail and look ridiculous. The problem is that if you don’t chase what you’re passionate about, you’ll definitely fail and look ridiculous.

Whether it’s personally or professionally, make sure that you do what you’re truly supposed to do.  Make sure you're dancing to your music.  And stop caring whether anybody else can hear it.

Posted by Matt Heemstra | Post a Comment

  Beyond the Numbers...

Contact Us

Iowa:

1008 Third Avenue,
PO Box 449

Sheldon, Iowa 51201

P: (712) 324-4614

F: (712) 324-4617

Email Us

 South Dakota:

 1300 West 57th Street,

 Suite 2

 Sioux Falls, South Dakota  57108

 P: (605) 610-4611

 Email Us

 

Connect With Us

RECEIVE EMAIL UPDATES

Whether you want to stay informed in the accounting and tax world or are just keeping tabs on us, we'd love to send you info once in a while to keep you up to date on our industry and what we're doing.  Enter your email below and we promise not to spam you or sell your email.

Sheldon Office

Sheldon Iowa Accounting Office Map

Sioux Falls Office

Sioux Falls South Dakota Accounting Office Map

Copyright 2015

CLIENT LOG-IN | STAFF LOG-IN                                                                     © 2014 Cain Ellsworth & Company, LLP • 1008 Third Avenue • Sheldon, Iowa 51201 | PRIVACY POLICY

Website Developed by Brinks Web Solutions