Doing What You (Don’t) Love

To clar­ify, doing what you love doesn’t mean you love every sin­gle aspect of a pro­fes­sion. Every job has drudgery. When I say doing what you love, I mean you wake up in the morn­ing look­ing for­ward to going to do what­ever it is you do to pro­vide for your­self [and your fam­ily]. And you feel that way 9 days out of 10.

Back to the cost then. It’s sim­ply this: when you do what you love, it can often lead to being all that you do. It’s what you think about when you wake up, when you’re in the shower, in the moments of peace and quiet, and as you close your eyes at the end of the day.

As far as work is con­cerned, that’s not a bad thing. But you have to real­ize that other areas of your life will pay the cost. There may be hob­bies like wood­work­ing, gar­den­ing or cycling that inter­est you, but you never get around to pick­ing up. There are the missed fam­ily events. Or, even worse, you’re present in body only, your mind on the ‘thing you love’.

Chris Bowler - Doing What You Don’t Love.