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 can take people years to understand that work can literally be fun.
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Although doing work you love takes less discipline, finding work you love does usually require discipline.
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 extended period, like a week or a month. Your work should be your favorite thing to do. It should be something you admire.
When you're deciding what to do, you have to operate on incomplete information.
A test of whether you love what you do is if you would do it even if you weren't paid for it. (Even if you had to work at another job to make a living.)
Happiness, like other emotions, is not something you acquire. It is something you are.
This implies that happiness is not a goal that you can reach. It is a side effect of a particular set of ongoing life experiences.
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