Every once in awhile, a new idea, explodes a concept that I previously thought was rock solid. Regular readers won’t be surprised that I’ve written 11 previous posts tagged with work that you love.
I’ve known that money doesn’t always follow finding work that we love, but now I have greater understanding.
When I choose more often what I want to do, it is more likely I’ll make more money. What you want to do is NOT identical with doing what you love. Love in regards to business and work is so overrated.
Self-determination is key. And so is a series of continued choices and course adjustments versus vegetating along the rusty tracks of a decision you made years ago. Making a lot of choices is likely to lead you to making better choices, with some of them possibly leading to more money. Egbert Sukop
Perhaps I was already aware of this distinction when I wrote this in a popular post on seizing the freedom of self-employment. “By working on what you want to work on and dearly value you’ll end up producing work of higher value that will make you prosperous.”
This concept is still formulating for me, so I could use your help in thinking it through. Here’s why I think Egbert is onto something big.
Doing work we want to do, is so much simpler than searching for work that we love to do. Simply doing work that we choose, because we want to, takes the pressure off.
Doing work that we want to do, permits the ongoing possibility of mistake making. Making mistakes is no big deal because we can just change our minds when we are doing what we want to do.
I coach many clients on right career and right business discovery and the pressure they put on themselves has much to do with how they think true calling ought to feel. If the horns of angels and blinding white light don’t announce their epiphanies, they often question their discoveries.
Identifying work that we love to do, is a much higher standard that comes with huge expectations. High expectations often lead to second-guessing and disappointment.
Consider how challenging it is to continue loving our loved ones. Many people believe they aren’t at choice when it comes to loving their relatives. That lie gives us a clue as to why loving our work is such an unnecessarily high standard.
Doing work we want to do feels more carefree and unencumbered. Doing feels more attainable than loving because of the lightness of choice built right into it.
It’s that choice to change our mind and frequently do whatever the hell we want to do, that leads to the only real freedom there is. The freedom to say no thank you and choose anew.
Juliet du Preez at Life Made Great, interviewed me and published it today. Juliet asked some piercing questions check it out.
Juliet was bold enough to try something new and participate in one of my exploratory group coaching experiences. If you’d like to exercise your boldness join us: Creating the Life & Business You Most Want; A Bold Process for Authoring Your Own Life Now!