Think you’re in love?

Raven-Symoné with LSY! reporter Bryanna Gwitt. “I don’t want to be famous,” Raven said. “It just comes a a byproduct. I enjoy creating characters. I enjoy singing, I enjoy performing.”

We hear it all the time: To become great at something, you’ve got to love what you do.

Makes sense, but exactly can you tell if you love something enough to become great at it?

Here on the Live! Starring … You! team, we’ve picked up some tips on that:

• When it comes to hanging with friends versus singing/acting/dancing/practicing your sport/whatever you “love”, you’ll usually choose the latter.

• When you don’t do it for an extended period of time, you’re not happy.

• When you don’t perform exceptionally well, it bothers you deeply.

• And the best indicator: When you wake up in the morning, it’ll be the first thing you think about. And you can’t imagine yourself doing anything else and being happy.

Truthfully, most people don’t love being an athlete or entertainer enough to become a world-class performer. Lots of people like the idea of being a superstar, but they cringe at the amount of work it would take. That’s OK — there’s no rule that says you need to wear a medal, hold a trophy or walk the red carpet to be considered a successful person. You just need to be happy. And if doing something else – not your “fame” activity – makes you happy, then go for it!

That said, we’ve interviewed lots of performers who truly love what they do. This is how they sound when they talk about it:

• “My philosophy has always been that friends come and go, but my career is my life. I still have friends, but I have such a strong will to be an actress.” — Christa B. Allen, Charlotte Grayson on ABC’s Revenge and the 13-year-old version of Jennifer Garner’s character in 13 Going on 30.

• “Acting is my passion. Like another kid in school would play a sport take karate. I acted – that was my thing.” — Corbin Bleu, actor, singer, dancer and High School Musical star.

• “Some people enjoy the fame of it, and some people enjoy the work of it. It just depends on if you want celebrity or a good career … I don’t want to be famous. It just comes a a byproduct. I enjoy creating characters. I enjoy singing, I enjoy performing.” — Raven-Symoné, singer, actress and star of That’s So Raven.

— Tim O’Shei
LSY! founder  

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