There are two exactly opposite mindsets about this concept. One says it’s the most stupid, counterproductive, outdated and cliched advice to give it to anyone and other says this is the only thing you should follow to get most out of your life.
So let me analyze both of those mindsets
Starting with negative mindset first:
It’s wonderful pursuit to strive for the things you enjoy the most. In fact you should actually die for it. It suggests that you have to make living in what you love to do but this is the trap the people fall into because something you love becomes work it changes the way in which you interact with it.
When you do what you love, sometimes you have to set your personal interests aside.
It’s grave to suggest that work can be anything other than work. Doing what you love can certainly make it a quite worthwhile experience but you’ll also experience a new side of that activity, and it won’t be comfortable always. You’ll have to face the ineluctable truth that there’s no fooling yourself. Work isn’t the same as play, no matter how similar they might appear on the surface.
Do I sound cynical? Perhaps a little. But too many people sit around convinced that if only they could turn their obsessive compulsion into a full-time job, they’d finally be happy. I encourage you to take a profound look at the things you love and what work means to you. There might be an intersection of the two, but don’t force it.
Now take a look at positive mindset
If you want to stop working today, find a way to make a living doing something you love.
Have you ever been on a trek where you hike up and down mountains all day and sleep on the moist ground? Many people may find your trek worse than spending Holiday in the office, but if you enjoy the outdoors, it is not work at all. It’s fun.
When you enjoy what you are doing, it is not work in the conventional sense of the word. Typically, work is defined as doing something you dislike, not always, at a time when you would rather be doing something else.
Find out what you enjoy in life, and figure out how to make a living out of it. It is a herculean task and a worthy one.
This is the video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech
In this video, Jobs narrates his story and his passion to do what he loved.
Let me share his parting note with you:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”
There is an inclination, as old as mankind, to search out alternative ways to the easy life. Instead of finding other ways to ease your life, do the work with dedication, passion. There is no shame in being a complete moron.
Two cows were standing in a meadow looking across the highway to a feedstock where huge vans drove, constantly throwing the fodder in front of the cattle.
“Wow, what a life,” said one cow. “I’d like to get myself into that easy life.”
“I don’t know,” said the other cow. “I’m kind of satisfied here. Don’t know what could happen there.”
“I’m climbing the fence and joining the herd,” the first cow said, and proceeded to trot to the greener pastures in the feedstock.
About the time she reached the feedstock a bull wagon pulled up to the pen and herded the cattle, her included, into the truck for shipment to the meat packing plant.
The moral of this story is probably straightforward. Why desert what you have for something that appears better or easier? And, if you want to become the jump ship, be sure to gather all the facts about your destination before you commit yourself.