great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
Well then, the question naturally arises:
How do you find what you love to do? It's such a big question.
What absolutely boils my blood is that we hear we should be doing what we love to do all the time, but
there's not any step by step advice out there on how to find what you love to do. The advice that is out there helps to a certain degree, but it's just a bunch of pieces thrown together with no coherent logical structure or order.
The typical answer ensues: "Well gee, I would put it in an account that yields high interest and live off
the interest each year. Then I would move to Hawaii, buy a house, sip margaritas all day, play video
games, go to the beach, swim, travel around the world, taste all the cuisines, read the books, play the
sports, and on and on and on."
What's the result? People working in jobs they hate, feeling trapped because they can't quit as they rely on that sole source of income to finance a lifestyle tailored to escape their grim reality, drifting aimlessly in life, in short, leading lives of quiet desperation, as so eloquently put by Henry David Thoreau.
The very fact that you are seeking to find what you love to do (by the very fact you came across this
article and started reading it) is a BIG step believe it or not. Many people in their lifetime avoid or do
not even seek to find the answer to that question. They hear the question in their head but have become
extremely adept at silencing it.
You must decide what destination to steer your life in. Otherwise, you leave yourself wide open for others to direct your life, as well as at the mercy of the winds and storms of life. If you know where your destination is, the rest is easy.
stomachs to feed, families to support, etc.
Don't worry about that for now. That will be covered later in this article.
First things first, you've got to find what you love to do.
What amazes me is that there seems to be a stigma attached to spending time with oneself. You have to
constantly be doing something, whether it's going to the game, drinking beer with the buddies, going to
that hot party or club downtown, etc. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with doing all that, but
I suspect the vast majority of people who engage in this "I have to be doing something every minute
because I can't be by myself" mentality are just putting up a front to show people how satisfying and
fulfilling their life is, when in reality, it's just the opposite. The irony here is that spending time with
oneself is EXACTLY what you should be doing to lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.
People think you have to travel around the world, experience new things, etc to find what you love to
do. No. You just have to sit down and decide. The answer is already within you. You just have to dig it
up and avoid procrastinating. Your brain has absorbed all sorts of information and experiences and it
has the answer ready to be unraveled.
Be honest. Have you actually sat down by yourself with no distractions, with your sole focus on asking
yourself what you love to do without picking up your cell phone, surfing the net, watching TV, chatting
on AIM, listening to your favorite song, playing solitaire or minesweeper, checking your email,
returning a call, getting a drink of water, going to the bathroom, looking at the clock, reading a magazine
the sole purpose of you reading this article. Why is that?
Fear of what the answer will be if you ask yourself what you love to do.
The answer is: I don't know.
But that is exactly why you MUST find out. You're avoiding the question because you know the answer
is you don't know, but that's ok. Admitting you don't know is perfectly fine. There's nothing wrong with it. You're way ahead of a ton of other people who learn to quiet the voice within that asks the question of "What do I love to do?"
And let's say you're one of the few people who actually specifically know what they love to do. The
next thought that pops in their head is "Oh, I can't make any money off of that." The seed that was
planted never grew.
If you don't have the cash, you'll borrow it, or get a job and save up, or get a job as a flight attendant to
get there for free. It doesn't matter how long it will take or what you need to do because you know
you're going to New York.
getting to New York.
Read that last sentence again.
All your actions onward from the decision that you want to arrive in New York will revolve around
I've taken the liberty of creating a document you can print so you can easily fill in the blanks. You can download ithere.KEY is to WRITE THESE DOWN!! I cannot emphasize this enough. Don't think you can do it all in your head.WRITE IT DOWN.
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