Do something you lovePosted: 13th of March 2015 by
Working hard for something you don’t care about is stress; working hard for something you love is passion.
Back in August, the Guardian published an article asking the question ‘should you study what you love of something that will get you a job?’ and opinions were divided. Some argued that you should view your studies as an investment in your future and therefore you should study what is going to earn you money. Others, like Aimee Wragg argued as Steve Jobs did that:
the only way to do great work is to love what you do".
There are similarities in the way that people discuss choices of study at university with the discussion that people have about which A-levels you should study, what course you should undertake and also what job you should pursue.
When it comes to work, one thing to bear in mind is that if you’re working full time, then you will be doing whatever it is that you are doing for on average 39 hours a week, which is a significant amount of your time. What would you choose - a job that pays you well but which you really don’t enjoy or a less well paid job that you’re really passionate about?
Some people of course, don’t care about making lots of money – as long as they have enough to get by, for them perhaps the choice is easier. Others see work as work and nothing else, they arrive in the morning and leave at the end of the day thinking no more about.
What are the benefits of choosing a career that you love over one that happens to pay well?
For one thing, employers are looking for people who are enthusiastic and committed and this tends not to be the case when you’re in it just for the money.
The other benefit of choosing a job that you love is that you will literally enjoy your days more and who doesn’t want to feel that they are being paid (even if it is less than other jobs) to do what they love? – It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun – so go on, do something you love.
If you think that pursuing a career that you love is scary – get some inspiration from our article on overcoming your fears.
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