How To Do What You LoveDiscover how to turn your passion for life into a passion for business
You’ve heard the old saying, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” In many ways, this saying is true. If you’re passionate about what you’re putting your energy into, it won’t feel like you’re working. On the other hand, many people use this ideology as an excuse. Why put time and effort into something if you don’t love it?
The truth is, if you’re doing what you love for a living, you probably started out by taking small steps to reach that goal. Most people don’t enter their careers and immediately dive into doing what they love. The thing these people do have in common? Purpose. If you use your own sense of purpose to inform your professional decisions and progress, you will end up doing what you love.
As Tony Robbins says, “Change is automatic, but progress is not. If you want to make progress you need a plan, a strategy and ongoing habits to get the results you want.” We’ll break down these three components and discuss how they’re necessary if you want to do what you love.
1. Make a plan
The first step is thinking clearly about your purpose. What empowers you? What do you wish you could wake up and do every day? For some people, it might be helping others. For a different person, it might be being able to express their thoughts and feelings creatively. Others are looking for things like being able to travel or spend time with their family. Once you’ve really thought about your ultimate goal in life, consider how you’ll achieve it.
Unless you’re born into money, you’re going to have to work to be able to do what you love. Start with a plan. How can you achieve your true purpose through work? How can you combine that interest with a real-world career? Plan how you can make your vision a reality.
2. Strategize wisely
You’re never going to go from point A, as a total beginner, to point Z, in which you miraculously are doing what you love and have reached complete financial freedom. You have to go from point A to point B to point C, and so on. Strategize wisely! How can you most efficiently go on your career journey? There are a few things you can do to expedite this process:
Find a mentor: Whether it’s someone you know in real life who has achieved massive success or someone you haven’t met in person but greatly admire, find out how they found success. How is it that they’re able to do what they love? How can you model the path they took and adjust it to meet your own specific circumstances?
Work with a coach: You might be missing the expertise to go after your passion on your own. Work with a coach who can help you focus on your end goal and help you develop a strategic plan to reach it.
Continue innovating: When you’re working toward your goal, you will encounter failure – that’s inevitable. The key is to not fold at the first sign of failure but to continue innovating. How can you refine your approach? How can you change what you’re doing to more swiftly meet your goal?
3. Develop positive habits
In realizing that it might take a while for you to do what you truly love at work, you need to make sure you’re developing sustainable habits. This includes professional habits, like becoming a great networker and regularly attending seminars to better your skills, and personal habits, like ensuring you’re taking enough time off and doing things you love outside of work, like listening to entertaining podcasts and spending time with your kids. When practiced regularly over time, these habits will sustain you even when things get tough. As your professional journey progresses, you can always fall back on these learned and cultivated skills.
Doing what you love for a living is possible, but it takes time. Decide today to start working toward your goals and realize that there are many steps along the way between where you begin and where you want to be. Most importantly, cultivate habits that fill your life with joy as you travel down the path to success.
The road to success does not need to be difficult, all it comes down to is getting clear on what you really want, what aligns with you authentically, and having the guidance and structure in place to ensure you take the steps and stay on track to actualize your vision.