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Don’t Do What You Love

“What the f*ck are you talking about?” Will perhaps be one of the reactions about the title of this article. Because the conventional idea is to do what we love. BUT, look at what Steve Jobs said:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”

The trick here are two things. The word “believe” and the phrase “love what you do”.

According to the book, “What Should I Do With My Life?” by Po Bronson, we should do what we BELIEVE, not what we love. ONLY doing things we love is incomplete and not sustainable. Doing things we believe-in will carry us through tough times because we understand that we need to make sacrifices along the way. We need to undergo the grit and the hard work before we can truly enjoy the fruits of our success. But, you might be asking, how about people who just did what they love and became successful anyway? Yes there are people like that, but how often does that really happen? Even famous celebrities had to be waiters first at the start of their careers, most were rejected hundreds of times. The problem with JUST doing what we love is that it gives us the wrong idea that the road to success is adorned with roses and free food and massage chairs. That by JUST doing what we love, everything will start to fall into place right away. But it is often not the case. Sure, there are stories of overnight fame, especially in this age of viral successes on social media, but where are most of these viral celebrities now?

The “love what you do” part is also important because it highlights the fact that wherever we are right now, whether flipping burgers, on a shitty job or really not knowing what we should do in life, we still have to mind our current well-being. The realities of life don’t just simply go away. We have to pay the bills, support our families, make sure we don’t get fired by being mediocre on our current jobs. The “love what you do” phrase embraces the current moment first, after which you can think more clearly about your situation and then plan your life towards a direction you have been longing for. Baby steps. Patience. Planning. Being realistic. These are what will make your dreams a reality.
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