Love What You Do (1 of 2)

Indeed.

No doubt you’ve heard the saying “do what you love.” There is good reason why you’ll hear that over and over as you job hunt. Particularly if you’re starting out at that juncture of life where you realize that you have an education that hasn’t yet translated into skills or a ready career path – because you don’t yet have any real work experience. But more about that in another post.

It’s very simple. If you do what you love, it’ll never feel like work. And this is helpful if you’re aimed at a demanding career, like say …

  • Medicine – hello, 18 hour shifts. By the way, that’s 18 hours of work with 6 hours left over to eat/work out/wind down/study/do laundry/pay bills/clean house/do groceries and oh yeah, sleep!
  • Journalism – tend your friends, and hope you have some. Because once you start reporting, no one’s every going to be totally honest with you. They may be a source!
  • Entrepreneur – You’re it. Chief, cook, bottle washer, business developer, book keeper, manager, assistant, boss, HR….It’ll be years before you may have the same unlimited leisure. And you’ll never really be off the clock even if you do.

See what we mean?

When the hours are long, the work demanding, and the payoff less than immediate, love what you do and it will not feel like work. It’ll be something you don’t stop thinking about, happily. Something you carve out time for, rather than have to make time for or always want to put off.

More important, if you love what you do, you’re probably going to be good at it. Think about it – the more you love what you do, the more you do it, the better you get at it. And that’s how you might go from being a professional to an expert. And unless your people skills are utterly lacking, at minimum your expertise gets noticed, if not rewarded.

Loving what you do – it’s basic and smart business sense. What do you love?