May 7th, 2010 by Rachel Krider

When You Love What You Do – Success Comes Naturally

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk

People often ask, “What is the secret to success?

If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. An old mentor told me that once, when I was quite young, and at the time it sounded impossible. It didn’t seem feasible that you could actually survive like that.

Men worked. That was just the way it was.

And if you don’t think it’s possible either, I have two words for you: Tony Hawk.

Tony Hawk is a skateboarder.  He is also the co-founder of a multi-million dollar skateboarding empire.

He followed his passion, but he also worked extremely hard – going on the road, doing contests from the time he was a teenager and founding his own business soon after.  And he started the business when the sport was experiencing a slump in popularity!

Through unbelievable hardship and adversity he built a core brand that has exploded into arguably the hottest series of video games in the world, accompanied by his merchandising and clothing as well as ….well… anything skateboarding really.

He lives his business. He breathes it and sweats it. It is his life, so he never really works.

He laces up his skate shoes and drops into a custom made state-of-the-art half pipe and tests out his product. His co-workers are on their feet cheering as he lands a near impossible trick.

Just another day at the office.

Shane Krider- Polaris Global

4 Responses to “When You Love What You Do – Success Comes Naturally”

  1. Debbie Ruston says:

    Walt Disney is another great example…when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life! So true Shane! Why would anyone want to work 40 years at a job they don’t even like? It is an important questions individuals should ask themselves….do I love what I do, and if not, what is it I truly love to do and how can I turn that into my passion?

  2. And when you do something that you are passionate about, it never leaves you. You will always be ‘shapening the saw’ as Stephen R. Covey puts it. What greater celebration of life than to be the best that you can be in your chosen field, in an area that excites you and in something that you can evolve with?
    I used to think that this was the stuff of dreams reserved only for the very few. But once you step off the ledge of your comfort zone, you see that it was an optical illussion of your own making and that’s when things really start to get interesting…
    Thank you for the post Shane. So happy to know you.

  3. Belinda Byfield says:

    What an inspiration, and it is so true. I too love what I do. I jump out of bed every morning at 5am because I can’t wait for my day to start. Now instead of dreading Monday’s it is now my favourite day.

  4. Elizabeth Roughan says:

    What is so exciting is all the time I have in my diary for things I love – including all the things that make my home biz rock!

    Fancy being in an environment where training occurs as fun and talking to people is delicious!

    Then there is the time in between for exercise and fun! Is it really real? YOU BETCHA!!

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