Do You Need to Love What You Do For Work?

 

One of the constant mantras I hear from professional speakers at many events is “ if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”. I’ve been given that very same advice. And when I hear this, it sets off the red flags. Should you pursue what you love or what you’re good at? People would have you believe they are one and the same. Yet, I know for a fact that you can be quite good at something and not love it. Hell, you might not even like it.  I’ve seen many talented people do things they “like” or mostly “tolerate” very well.  It’s called being a professional.

The Myth: Do what you love and the money will follow

The Reality: Do what you are good at and that people will pay for and the money will follow

If everyone followed their passion the world would full of nothing but photographers and cupcake stores. Garbage would pile in the streets and those same garbage strewn streets would be filled with potholes.

 

Others agree with me.

 

In Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life by Patty Azzarello she states why “doing what you love” can be destructive:

1. Because they don’t have the same feeling of love for their work that they do for their family or leisure activities, they feel like they are selling out or living life wrong. They waste a lot of time feeling unfulfilled, unhappy, or plagued by the feeling that they should be doing something different.

 

2. Others, who try to do the things they love full time, find that the effort to make a business of it and a living at it takes away all the enjoyment of it. They end up turning their love into a job they don’t like, one that generally doesn’t pay very well. They end up not loving life after all. And they waste time that they could have spent earning money.

 

Don’t put this pressure on yourself!

 

KEY INSIGHT: Consider thinking about your work/life strategy like this:

    • Do what you love for free.
    • Work for money.
    • Change how you do your job to feel less tortured about it—and  maybe even feel pretty good about it.
    • Spend the money you make on doing the things you love when you’re not at work.

 

End of insight: Please read it again.

If you are fortunate enough to actually be doing what you love and making a living at it, be grateful. It is a rarity in this world.

 

Hopefully, you have job that you like, that you do well  and with people that you can tolerate [1].

 

Do you feel you need to do what you love for work?

 

I found this through an article at Free Money Finance

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