If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life... I remember reading that cliché, a long, long time ago. At the time, I was waking up absurdly early every morning in order to get my boys up, ready for school, and on their way, before making the long commute to my job, in a large glass-and-concrete building, where I'd spend hours in a beige cubicle, staring at endless spreadsheets, until it was time to go home again. Back then, the phrase sounded like a dream.
If I was doing something I truly loved, I thought, it would never feel like work.
Now, I look back at that phrase fondly, because I know how wrong it is.
If you love what you do, you'll work as hard as you can to keep doing it. If you're truly passionate about your work, you'll work ten times harder than anyone else. Because you'll understand how important it is, and because of how important it will be to you. Because doing a 'good job' won't just be earning a paycheck – it will become part of who you are. And because you will understand how much you are capable of helping others, by doing the thing you were truly meant to do.
Now that I've shifted the focus of my career to coaching, I don't work any less. My work is still work. It bears very little resemblance to gallivanting around a field of wildflowers or lazing around a pool all day.
The difference is that now, I come to my work energized. I begin every day with a hopefulness, a positivity and desire to accomplish my goals that I never had in my corporate life. Because ultimately, the goals I set for myself in my corporate life didn't matter very much to me.
I know the difference between work you have to do and work you choose to do. They're both work, but one is enormously preferable to the other, in the same way that a feast is preferable to a week-old bologna sandwich. They'll both technically feed you, but one is far more nourishing.
I'm not sharing any of this to brag. I'm telling you my story because I want you to be able to experience the joy that I do – the ability to get up every day and do the job you choose to do, and not the one that life has pigeon-holed you into.
I want you to have a job that you find meaningful and fulfilling. I know that you want to help others, too. And I want to help you find the path to making that happen.
So, let’s talk about how you can do more of what you love, and never having to work another day. And it's going to be great.