Two Approaches — One Goal

Love what you do? Or “do” whatever it takes to make a living?

Everyone is familiar with the idea of doing what you love. The thinking goes something like this: “do what you love, and the money will take care of itself.” Wouldn’t it be great to wake up every morning and think “I get to go to work today!” Steve Pavlina recently suggested we do just that.

Steve is a personal development god in my book — check out his thoughts here.

Life wouldn’t be much fun if we all looked at things the same way; someone has to see things differently, right? Penelope Trunk thinks the whole idea of doing what you love is silly. Here’s what she had to say.

At the end of the day, the “answer” is a personal one and probably falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. Certainly work is easier if we enjoy it. Unfortunately, what we enjoy won’t always pay the bills. The bigger picture insists that we look at this issue from more than one or two points of view.

Yes, I want to enjoy my work and pay my bills. But absent this utopian existence, why not pay my bills while looking for things I love? My first responsibility in life is to me — if I don’t take care of me I can’t do much for others.

One of the basic necessities of taking care of me involves supporting myself. Do that (and a handful of other basics) first, and I’m well on my way to opening up possibilites and opportunities down the road. The keys are passion and enthusiasm.

If you aren’t thrilled with your current job or career choice, get excited about looking for other opportunities. Don’t limit yourself to what pays the most — chase the things you’re passionate about.

Have fun! Make the search a process you enjoy.

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