Do what you love… no, really!

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Do what you love… no, really!

So about 6 months ago I read a book called “Quitter” by Jon Acuff.  And soon after reading it, I quit my well paying, secure, full time job as an accountant.

Yes, that’s actually a true story.  But it’s not what you think.  B didn’t happen as a direct effect of A, but they more so happened to occur in the same relative time frame of my life.  However, I have to admit that the book did help me organize my thoughts, plans, and course of action to get from where I was to where I wanted to be. More on this later. Back to my first statement: “Do what you love… no, really.”

One of the things I’m most passionate about is seeing people pursue the things they are most passionate about. When you’re working at your passion, it seems that diligence, excellence, and satisfaction more naturally fall into place.

I’m tired of hearing people say “Oh, you know… just another day at the office. Is it Friday, yet? I’ve got big plans for the weekend.” when I ask them how their day is going.  You have a lifetime to work, why spend it doing something that you hate?

I truly believe that you can do what you love.  Seriously, we hear it all the time.  We see the t-shirts, hats, bags, and stickers that say “Life is Good” and “Do what you love. Love what you do.”  This is a great reminder, but how many of us actually follow through?  Or better yet, how many of us even believe it to be possible? Is it a myth, only really obtained by pro athletes, rockstars, and retirees?  Are we doomed to work 40 years in a cubicle for a company we’re not passionate about, accomplishing tasks that have little or no meaning in our individual lives?  Can people really do what they love & love what they do?

I believe, yes. They can. And should.

Over the course of my next few posts I want to take a look at what work is and why I strongly believe you should pursue your passion on a day to day and year to year basis.

I’ll explore what the Bible says about work and rest, what our culture is saying, and how we respond.

Comments are very welcome!

2 thoughts on “Do what you love… no, really!

  1. Eccl:3 12–> I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor.  It is the gift of God. 

    So true, Work can seem like such an endless and vain labor of necessity at times, but God intended it to be a good thing, but apart from God it is meaningless.  Realizing what HIS intent is for your life/ following HIS will changes everything.  I’ve heard it said that we long for satisfaction/ completeness because we were made to be satisfied/ and to be complete.  We strive to find those things in the gifts rather than in the giver… and that is why we fail.  

    As you know, this is something near to my heart as well Wiz, looking forward to hearing more from you on this!

    Clay

  2. Jonathan:

    No doubt this is an epidemic of people – The horrible life-mantra of “TGIF!”  The good thing is that it seems as though our generation is trying to steer away from this more than ever as “we” have watched our parents generation summer from the ‘grind’ our whole life.  It seems as though more and more of us are starting up new ventures and finding avenues that we are passionate about.  

    @DanCathy:twitter has been talking a lot recently about building a TGIM (Thank God it’s Monday) culture which has been fun to think about. He wrote a few posts about it at CathyFamily.com 

    Once you love what you do, you will never have to work again!

    Looking forward to reading the next few posts

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