Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life
…or is it love what you do?
Is there a difference?
I think there is. I also think it’s super misunderstood, and knowing the difference might give some people a different outlook on their day to day business.
Do what you love. This is king. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just watch Netflix all day every day? I’m sure most of you would love that. And the saying would be true, you’d never work a day in your life. But I don’t think that was the intended message behind the phrase, right? You can’t just do what you love, there are so many other requirements involved. Do what you love as long as the certain activity also falls under some other categories like “things you’re good at” and “things that make money”. If you happen to find something that falls inside that venn diagram, then damn you hit the money. Definitely do that.
But what’s more relevant and helpful to more people… love what you do. The difference here is that the most important piece of the phrase is the love part. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. Now that is also true. You don’t have to be doing what you love to love what you do.
Let’s face it, you didn’t grow up as a kid wanting to be an accountant, or a retail store manager, etc. So you’re not doing what you love. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live a happy, fulfilling, and successful life.
Focus on the latter. Love what you do. Whatever you’re doing, learn to love it, every part of it. Love the people you’re working with. Love the little tasks you do on a daily basis. Love progress. Love results. Love helping your peers enjoy their jobs. Get it? See the difference? No it doesn’t come easy. You’re not gonna walk into work tomorrow and instantly start loving everything about your job. But over time you can get better at paying attention to bright spots. Noticing little things about your day that eventually convince you that you can love what you’re doing.
Not everyone can do what they love, but everyone can love what they do.