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The Path to Happiness: Do What You Love, Not What You Like

To do what you love, you have to have:

  • Courage: the shoulds and socially-acceptable activities you merely like, often are the default, and doing what you love automatically makes you a little weird.
  • Discipline: our society is full of addictive behavioral loops that hijack our impulses, without providing deep satisfaction. 

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The Path to Happiness: Do What You Love, Not What You Like

The Path to Happiness: Do What You Love, Not What You Like

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2018/11/28/happiness-love-not-like/

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Optimizing for happiness

A route to greater happiness, for both day-to-day enjoyment and long-term fulfillment with who you are and where you are in life means: doing more of the things you love and cutting back on the things you merely like.

Doing what you love is largely a choice

And it's almost completely under your control. You can't fully avoid the things you have to do. But you can make adjustments to the things you slightly like or reduce guilt from the things you feel you should do.

To do what you love, you have to have:

  • Courage: the shoulds and socially-acceptable activities you merely like, often are the default, and doing what you love automatically makes you a little weird.
  • Discipline: our society is full of addictive behavioral loops that hijack our impulses, without providing deep satisfaction. 

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Doing what you love is complicated

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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.

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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 enough, you'll make it prestigious.
  • Don't be led astray by money, especially when money is combined with prestige.

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Bad behaviors cascade

That reticence to ever ask someone out on a date probably plays out in your failure to move to a new city, to take that new job or the timidity around your co-workers.

Standing out of the crowd

People don’t like it when someone changes or does something that makes them feel awkward or insecure. They will think he’s crazy, selfish, arrogant. If you want to do something incredible, you have to become comfortable with being different from the rest.

Nothing worth having comes easy

As cliche as that sounds. Most of us give up on something we’re passionate about too soon. But anyone who’s been successful has a tale of struggle and perseverance to share.

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