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How PASSIONATE Are You About Your Work?

garyvee I’m a huge believer in “do what you love and the money will follow.” BUT, there is a caveat: you have to have a viable business model. You can’t just goof around with a hobby and hope and pray the money will flood in. You need to work, and work hard!

A huge source of inspiration for me is WineLibraryTV creator, Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary totally tells it like it is. No BS. No hype. Just straight plain truths spoken with complete authority, given all his success.

I got to see Gary speak at the recent Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. He was one of my TOP picks of all 270 speakers. [See pic right: @CoachDeb @GaryVee @MariSmith @DonnaFox.]

I sat on the edge of my seat and tweeted about Gary more than any other speaker! Here’s a Twitter search string to read some of the tweets from that talk and a few faves:


Plus, my fave, check out this incredibly motivating 15-minute video of Gary speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo NY. I’ve already watched this vid many times and it’s fast becoming my daily morning motivation. (Well, not that I need much – I’m already very motivated! lol)

What is YOUR passion? Are you doing it every day all day? If not, what’s stopping you?

Mari Smith

Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is widely known as the Premier Facebook Marketing Expert and a top Social Media Thought Leader. Forbes describes Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” IBM named Mari as one of seven women that are shaping digital marketing. Mari is an in-demand keynote speaker, corporate social media strategist, dynamic live webcast host, and popular brand ambassador. She is coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

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  1. Brian Schwartz on December 4, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I was pointed to your site via Viveka who I believe found you on twitter. Anyway, I just finished interviewing 50+ entrepreneurs and I wanted to share (since it is relevant to this post) that the two most common distinctions I discovered among the most fulfilled, successful, happy entrepreneurs was 1) They were intensly passionate about what it was they were doing… almost to the point where it is all consuming. 2) They discovered a purpose bigger than themselves. They have no doubt that what they are doing is what they were meant to be doing. People are more compelled to serve a greater purpose & thus others are attracted to the idea. The luckiest ones uncover thier true passions early in life. In our driven go-go-go world, the sad reality is that many of us never get that chance because we are always chasing something else.
    All the best,
    Brian Schwartz (www.50interviews.com)

  2. Amy Miyamoto on October 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Mari,
    I am in total agreement with you about Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee. Although I must add that in addition to him, you also rank in my top two role models for doing what you love with passion, authenticity, and generosity. As I am preparing to launch my new business I often think of how masterfully you both do your “brilliance” work as well as empower others to show up and embrace their own passions with enthusiasm and without apology. Although you both have distinctly different and unique personalities – you “shine equally bright” in my book of those who are “right on target” in this rapidly evolving Social Media landscape. Exciting and inspiring indeed! Thank you Mari for leading the way for others so gracefully!
    Amy @amymiyamoto

  3. Alan Underkofler - Follow Up Success on October 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Mari I completely agree! Gary was an explosion of energy and passion and a huge highlight of Blog World for me! So exciting to meet someone who is so passionate about what they are doing. Looking forward to revisiting the experience through your video links, thanks!

  4. Dali Burgado on October 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Hey Mari,

    Phenomenal! This guy is on FIYAH!!! lol

    Having a passion for what you do is the ONLY way to reach your goals and soar. I’m writing a goal setting & productivity ebook that talks about PASSION being the most important part in achieving success.

    I appreciate you!
    That header on your blog is HOT! Love it!
    Dali Burgado

    Dali Burgados last blog post..Success Factors Online

  5. Rebeca on October 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I think I have too many things I am passionate about, and that lack of focus is really holding me back. I’ve been trying to take time lately to really focus in on how I can turn one or more of those passions into something of value to others – and once I do that, my blog will be under way. I’ve still got so much creativity and drive flowing through me after BlogWorld that I’m confident I will be able to make it happen.

    Rebecas last blog post..rebecatrautner: help the breast cancer site fund free mammograms – it’s free, all you have to do is go here and click the button – http://tinyurl.com/37yr9l

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