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January 22, 2020
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me that I’m “so lucky” I’m able to do what I love. And just as many times I’ve heard people tell me they admire me for my work ethic and going after what I want. Let me tell you a little secret: I’m not lucky and literally anyone can do what they love every day. All it takes is work. And guess what: you already work every day. So what’s the difference? Wouldn’t you rather build your own success rather than someone else’s? Don’t get me wrong. I understand that there are struggling single moms out there and people in all kinds of unfortunate circumstances. But I truly believe with all my heart that anyone who has access to read this post right now can go after what they want and do what they love if that’s what they really want for themselves.
With the new year, there’s naturally more talk around being fulfilled in your work, so I took to Instagram to ask if people did what they loved for work every day. And if not, why not? These are some of the replies I got:
“Freelancing is hard”
“Benefits, a regular paycheck, regular hours, and earning potential”
“So nervous about going out on my own!”
“Being a ‘starving artist’ isn’t an option when there’s kids to support…”
Every single one sounds like an excuse to me. And if you’re still making excuses, that tells me that you don’t really want it.
I’ve been blogging full time for over five years. I did not instantly make 6 figures a year the day I quit my job. But I was instantly happier. To me, that’s worth all the money in the world. The truth is, there’s no such thing as job security. A lot of people stay at jobs they hate because they tell themselves they have guaranteed money and/or benefits. But the truth is, nothing in this life is guaranteed and you alone are responsible for your own happiness. So making excuses isn’t hurting anyone but yourself.
When you do what you love every day, it rarely feels like “work.” In fact, when you’re truly passionate about something, it takes more effort and willpower to not do that thing. When something feeds your soul, you’re more than willing to do whatever it takes to feel the delight of pure fulfillment. Whether it’s after your 9-5, or your 80+ hour/week life, I encourage you to do what you love every day. And if you haven’t found that passion yet, go out and try new things. It could change your life!
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Do you do what you love every day? Why or why not?