Do what you love to do and make a difference

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” – R. W. Emerson

Steve Jobs gave the commencement address at Stanford University 2005, his advice to do what you love and make a difference has been quoted time and time again, I’m sure its advice you will have heard before…….

Find your true passion and do what you love to do

"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.  I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

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. Don't settle.

 As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle. …….

…..for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." “ – Steve Jobs (Apple founder and CEO, venture capitalist)

A real world example:

As you go through life you will hear this same advice again and again, from teachers, from books, from people you admire, in fact from just about everyone.

Here’s the rub it’s some of the best advice you are ever going to get and you will probably ignore it.

You will ignore it for good reasons, it’s not the right time, you have to be practical, your just not good enough etc. etc..

These are not good reasons.

If not now then when?  If you can answer with an actual timeframe then you are on the way.

You do have to be practical, if you say you want to be a writer then you have to actually be able to write. 

Start small, see what you can do, get feedback , get better.

You are what you are, everyone is not capable of everything , everyone is capable however of doing what they love in some way.
Working towards doing what you love well, is part of the journey.
If it's music you love then work in music, it doesn't mean you have to be singer.

If you are living hand to mouth in a day job you hate then you need to be planning your exit strategy and working at what you love in your spare time.

Don’t kid yourself that it’s easy or that you can be the best at anything just like that.

Wanting it, is not enough and your chances of being the best are slim.

However your chances of being fulfilled and of doing work that makes a difference even on a local scale are greatly improved. Your chances of being happy increase dramatically.

You are going to do better and work harder, put up with more disappointment and keep going if you do what you love and love what you do.

Have a plan, work towards making it happen, be realistic not pessimistic.

More on the same theme over at Zen habits : The World Needs You to Do What You Love

Posted via email from Urban Ascetic


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