Heard it Through the Grapevine

vineyardHave you ever visited a vineyard? Taken a trip to Napa or the Central Coast wineries in California? Over the past few years one thing my wife has gotten me doing more and more is taking trips for wine tastings.

There is something about tasting wine right where it is made that just makes it taste better. There’s something about the air, something about being there that just lifts my spirits.

This week we have talked about plants, we have talked about growing businesses and the idea that we must plant seeds, water them, take care of them. It is a process that takes time to get that great fruit, a time of building that brings us money.

Have you ever had one of those meat sales guys come to your door?  They have a show and it seems to get you to have interest in what they have back in the truck. They want to share with you the great package of meats they carry. They spend all of 15 minutes with you before giving you the sales pitch to get you to buy.

In this world, we all want instant success; we want the money to roll in just like that a 15-minute sales pitch and you get success. That works with smaller sales, works with some business. But selling that meat is only the last part of the business process.

The process of growing the cattle, feeding them, raising them took much longer. The sales part of the job is just one final part. Whatever business you are in, that last part of getting the money is just one part. There is so much work going into it before that.

The process of making wine, from growing the grapes to bottling the wine is a process that takes many years. If there is a business that takes time, this is one of them. Most of us do not have the patience needed to start a winery.

If you are just in a business for the money, you are missing out on so many things. I have met winemakers who love what they do. The process takes many years but the satisfaction they see when they taste that finished product is far more rewarding then the money they make.

No matter what business you are in, if you are doing this just for the money, you are missing the joy of living. I attended a networking event where my good friend, Coach Rick, was talking about sales. He asked how many people love what they do and who would do it even if it did not pay?

You see, the passion of people to change something is the reason they make the money they make. They started with joyfully chasing the art of something then, over time, building a system that led them to a money-making process to afford them the lifestyle they live now. If I could sum up this week, I would say it would be this: When you find something you love so much that you would do it for free, for the love of it, then take that love, build a system to make it successful and market it. That is the secret to success.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream; to love what you do in this world. Make the changes that will make 2013 rock for you.

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