May 9, 2003.
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Work is a funny thing. After all, the term work means such different things to so many people. There are folks who dearly love their professions, whose work provides them an unparalleled sense of fulfillment and self-satisfaction. Theyll quickly tell you that there is nothing they would rather be doing than exactly what they do for a living. They love their work and as a result, they generally do it very well.
To others, work is a dirty four letter word. Not surprisingly, the people who dislike their work can barely wait to get the work day over and done with. Work feels like a prison, where the dreams and aspirations they hold inside them are throttled and suppressed. Given a choice, these people would much rather be doing something else something more fun and exciting. Something that allows them to sing their song.
"Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money."
William Lyon Phelps
What these hate my job folks never realize that they can indeed have their cake and eat it too. In fact, thats precisely the game plan the love my job crowd has followed for years.
Far too often, we seem to believe that we have two lives our working lives and our non-working lives. We go to work because we feel we have to; slaving away at a job we hate in order to pay our bills and the like. At quitting time, we swarm out of our workplace like weve been released from jail. With the shackles of work taken away, we are now free to pursue those things we love to do the things we were born to do.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
What if you could take those things you love to do the things you love so much you would do them for free and fashion a lifetime of achievement around them? How would it feel to custom tailor your job around your unique talents and gifts, getting paid to do those activities you already choose to pursue in your free time? Would you be interested in turning your play time into your pay time as well? Who wouldnt?
I dont know how many thousands of people over the years have repeatedly told me that they cant make a living doing those things that they love to do. They feel they have to work, so they trudge off to a job they despise day after hum-drum day. They hate their work and they hate their jobs. Is this any way to spend the majority of your day? Not a chance.
"Oh, give us the man who sings at his work."
A one size fits all approach to our work just doesnt work and heres why. Each of us are different, every one of us possessing special talents that are distinctively unique. And each of us have dreams of making a healthy living using and utilizing our special gifts.
After all, havent you pictured yourself living a life fashioned around your particular skills hundreds if not thousands of times? Sure you have, we all have. And wouldnt you dearly love to forge a lifetime of achievement around the things you love to, making a super living while having the time of your life? Sure you would, we all would. And finally, when youre busy doing the things you love to do, passionately pursuing your dreams, dont you just hate to stop doing them? Absolutely. Why? Because youre happiest when youre doing what you love.
"Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is."
First, find something you love to do. Thats not a problem, is it? After all, we all know what we love to do. Then start looking for ways to make a living doing it. Hey, dont throw in the towel and say it cant be done because it can be done and youre the one to do it.
It may take a little time and you may get knocked around a bit, but if you stick with the program long enough, youll soon find a way to get rich in your niche. Before you know it, youll be whistling while you work and laughing all the way to the bank.
The Bottom Line: When you love what you do and do what you love, it's easy to whistle while you work.
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