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How to Do What You Love
January 2006[[[[[[ To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. We've got it down to four words: "Do what you love." But it's not enough just to tell people that. Doing what you love is complicated. The very idea is foreign to what most of us learn as kids.

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Doing what you love is complicated

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 a...

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Bounds

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 me...

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What you should not do

  • 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 enoug...

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Discipline

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...

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The Two Routes

  • 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...

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Finding what you love to do

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 org...

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Do what you love

To do what you love adds pressure because you first have to find what you like, know what you are good at and realise your strengths. Then you have to work hard at it, continually living with...

Anything worth doing is hard work

The initial stage of 'loving it' may be attractive, but it requires dedication and determination and many hours of work. Some parts of the work may even be hated.

It is the same for any job. It is only exciting in the beginning; the rest is just hard work.

Hard work doesn’t sell

The reason nobody says it's hard work is that no-one wants to work hard. Hard work doesn't sell. What people sell is to know the 'why'. It sells quickly while promising fast results with little work. But it isn't realistic. In the end, everything good takes time, hard work, discipline and dedication.

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