Most of us would agree that to “Do What You Love” is one of the main reasons people choose to be self employed. But is it the right reason?
I’ve been asking myself this question recently. I’m “good at” many things, and I also love many, many things. But can I combine the things I love, with what I’m good at, and create a sustainable business? It hasn’t been as easy as I’d hoped. And I’m not alone, it seems.
I found a fascinating blog post over at Penelope Trunks blog where she says,
Relationships make your life great, not jobs. But a job can ruin your life – make you feel out of control in terms of your time or your ability to accomplish goals – but no job will make your life complete. It’s a myth mostly propagated by people who tell you to do what you love. Doing what you love will make you feel fulfilled. But you don’t need to get paid for it.
A job can save your life, though. If you are lost, and lonely, and wondering how you’ll ever find your way in this world. Take a job. Any job. Because structure, and regular contact with regular people, and a method of contributing to a larger group are all things that help us recalibrate ourselves.
So if you are overwhelmed with the task of “doing what you love” you should recognize that you are totally normal, and maybe you should just forget it. Just do something that caters to your strengths. Do anything.
Check out the rest of her blog post here http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2007/12/18/bad-career-advice-do-what-you-love/
Today I participated in Johnny B Truants call about the myths about how much money people really make creating a business online. And listening to calls like this always stirs something in me. With so many moving parts, it’s just not a simple as some would have us believe. Do-able, but still requires a lot of work.
over at Zen Habits says the World needs us to do what we love.
Five things you can do to move toward getting paid to do what you love:
- Find your passion.
- Find your strengths.
- Find your value. .
- Make the commitment.
- Be willing to let go.
Speaking of "Do What You Love", I'm still out traveling & exploring western Canada. I thought you might like to see a snapshot of my view yesterday.
I’d love to hear your opinion. Doing what you love comes naturally. That’s a given. Are you in the camp of “doing what you love” exclusively in business?