Do what you love? Or do what most needs doing?

Do both! I am reblogging this so I have it at my fingertips–

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A 2012 share titled “Do What You Love” garnered more likes (393) and more views (8,396) than any other post on this blog. My thinking has evolved (you were naive!) since that time with a subsequent share titled: Do What You Love? Wrong! and this NY Times article by Professor Gordon Marino titled Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’:

…But is “do what you love” wisdom or malarkey?

…the “do what you love” ethos so ubiquitous in our culture is in fact elitist because it degrades work that is not done from love. It also ignores the idea that work itself possesses an inherent value, and most importantly, severs the traditional connection between work, talent and duty.

…My father didn’t do what he loved. He labored at a job he detested so that he could send his children to college. Was he just unenlightened and mistaken…

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Published in: on May 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. There is that which makes life possible and that which makes it worth living. We are fortunate if we can do both and an extraordinarily fortunate being when they are the same. Those less fortunate are worthy of great respect for their stoicism. I hope that you enjoy your day. 🙂

    • I so agree with everything you said here–great insight!

      • Thank you and, I agree with you 😉

  2. Great wisdom….makes me look at work with greater insight.

  3. What’s important is a balance, but I truly believe that a lot of people don’t spend enough time doing what they love. There will always be things we have to do that we hate, but I am trying to fit in more of what I love :).

  4. A beautiful post outlining the need to balance work and your love for it 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru


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