I recently wrote about not having to love your job to be successful. Now I will tell you about a man who does love his job, is extremely successful, has created jobs for over 100 others and is also a philanthropist.

That man is Rick Steves – meet him here: Rick Steves is an American travel writer, author, activist and television personality. Since 2000, he has hosted Rick Steves’ Europe, a travel series on PBS. Steves also has a public radio travel show called Travel with Rick Steves and has authored numerous travel guides. (wiki)

Rick traveled to Europe for the first time when he was fourteen years old and has traveled to Europe and beyond every year since.

Rick loves what he does, loves the fact that thousands of people who had never been to Europe are able to do so via his Europe Through the Back Door tours; he loves the relationships he has with Europeans which makes all his tours a success.

I recently attended the annual travel event with Rick Steves and his numerous tour guides who provided their points of view about the specific countries where they lead the tours.

Imagine what you could do if you did love your job. Does it take love to be successful? I think emotions add to the essence of what you are doing at work and at home. In some ways, Rick Steves was lucky in that he was given this gift at an early age. Many people have not been as clear and focused at a young age and may scramble to discover what works best for themselves.

If you are fortunate to find a workplace or business that allows you to be creative and you have a curious mind, something great will show up. Use this opportunity to create your Life Vision; be clear and focused on the end game, i.e., how do you want to be perceived in the world or at least within your family and community.

We can’t all be like Rick Steves; however, any one of us can look to achieve more than what we have done to date, if you want to.

Why not?

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Joanne Victoria