As with a lot of Maria Popova’s articles, today’s got me thinking – http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love. The article contains insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living. I’ve always understood that I’m very lucky to love what I do for a job – I work with some amazingly talented people who are my best friends.
My work-journey began when I decided fifteen years ago that I wanted to do a job that involved both marketing and computers. I saw a job ad from a ‘new media’ company and discovered I loved the world of digital marketing. I’m very curious, I like to figure out new things which makes me pretty good at what I do.
My husband often reminds me that this isn’t the case for most people though. Most people haven’t worked out what they are good are yet and even if they have, they haven’t worked out how to do that thing for a job.
If you’re reading this and thinking “this sounds like me”, read Maria’s article and also check out ‘How To Do What You Love’ by Paul Graham. I’d read it before, but it’s well worth reading through a few times I think.
On doing a job that you see as a chore:
If you think something’s supposed to hurt, you’re less likely to notice if you’re doing it wrong.
We’re not taught to believe that work can be fun:
Most people are doomed in childhood by accepting the axiom that work = pain. Those who escape this are nearly all lured onto the rocks by prestige or money. How many even discover something they love to work on? A few hundred thousand, perhaps, out of billions.
It’s hard, but don’t give up:
It’s hard to find work you love; it must be, if so few do. So don’t underestimate this task. And don’t feel bad if you haven’t succeeded yet. In fact, if you admit to yourself that you’re discontented, you’re a step ahead of most people, who are still in denial. If you’re surrounded by colleagues who claim to enjoy work that you find contemptible, odds are they’re lying to themselves. Not necessarily, but probably.