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PAULGRAHAM

How to Do What You Love

How to Do What You Love

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As kids, playing was described as fun while work was pretty much defined as not-fun. In school, it was implied that work was monotonous because it was in preparation for grownup work. Grownups all agreed that grownup work was worse and that kids had it easy in school.

This is why it...

Keep in mind this question: How much are you supposed to enjoy what you do? If you underestimate your answer, you'll tend to stop searching too early.

Liking your work does not mean doing what makes you happiest in this second, but what will make you most satisfied over a more e...

  • Don't worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends.
  • Don't worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. If you do anything well enough, you'll make it prestigious.
  • Don't be led astray by money, especially when money i...

Although doing work you love takes less discipline, finding work you love does usually require discipline.

  • Plenty of successful people did things that seemed to be disappointing until they found their niche.
  • Try to get into the habit of always doing a good job at what...

  • The organic route: As you become more respected in your sphere, you gradually increase the parts of your job that you like at the expense of those you don't. This route is more common, but also slow and uncertain without the promise of real freedom.
  • The two...

When you're deciding what to do, you have to operate on incomplete information. 

  • Unless you are fairly sure what to do, choose a type of work that could turn into either an organic or two-job career.
  • Early on, seek jobs that let you do many different things, so you...

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