The Myth of Being Passionate.
Throughout childhood people always say to you “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life” or “Do what you love and the money will follow”. These adages sound so powerful, but I wonder if they are setting us all up for failure?
Everything in life has its ups and downs. My roommate, for example, loves watching the Chiefs. He saves his whole Sunday and makes no plans so he can watch the game and do what he loves. However, most of the time he ends up disappointed with his team. They can’t keep up with his expectations and even though he loves to watch them, portions of the game can end up being extremely disappointing. That reminds me of how working really is. We do what we love, we get to create things for others that improve their lives, we make things that might change someone’s life for the better. What we do might inspire someone to go to a concert, purchase a new book and learn something useful, or something that they could use to decorate their house and share with their family.
We get to create all day and push ourselves to form new thoughts and generate new ideas. We get to draw and play around in photoshop. We create things that people see and enjoy. We love what we do – most of the time. Sometimes, however, we don’t love what we do. From time to time the client can be a dick, sometimes we have to deal with taxes, sometimes our computers aren’t working right. Sometimes you go to export a file and you get weird little boxes around things that you swear weren’t there in photoshop. What we do is fun, we love it, but that doesn’t mean we have to love everything about it. Some parts of the process aren’t fun, some involve lots of research, sending out email after email, confirming a meeting, or some other less exciting task.
It’s important to remember that we love parts of what we do, like the feeling when we are finished with a project we get to look back and say, “I did that.” We get to learn new things every day. We get to push ourselves and motivate others.
Some parts of what we do are a drag and it’s okay to not want to go to work some days. It doesn’t mean you are doing the wrong thing. Don’t let not loving every second get in your way. It’s normal; it’s healthy. Just remember to keep pushing through it and to keep creating. As my boy Ethan used to say, “Keep going.”