Do What You Love, or Love What You Do?

Maybe it’s the new year, but I’ve been thinking a lot about careers lately. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and I am thinking about where my path should go next. They say if you can find or create a job around your passion in life that it will never feel like a job and you will always be happy with it. I wonder how many people achieve this?
How many people feel that they are in THE job that utilizes their full potential and satisfies their soul? Are you? If not, how close are you?

Article by Katie Matthews

9 replies added

  1. The Morris Family January 5, 2012 Reply

    Can I give you a big HELL NO? Ha but in all honesty do I know what my full potential and what satisfies my soul…now sure. One plus I get to work from home, second travel, third workin marketing entertainment. Today my satisfaction 60%.

  2. Katie January 5, 2012 Reply

    I'd say that's a pretty decent job satisfaction percentage. I know many people do not have close to that. I also feel like I shouldn't complain, given this economy, because I know I am very fortunate to have the job that I do.

  3. Robert January 5, 2012 Reply

    I've always been worried about getting a job doing something I love, and then ending up hating what I love because it's now a job. I used to love, love, love programming computers and tinkering with scripts and stuff, but since I do it every day, I find myself never wanting to do it at home or work on projects that might otherwise satisfy me more than the software I work on for a job. Anyway, for me, work is a means to an end. My end, is being able to travel/camp/ride/climb/ski/vacation as much as I can. At this point, I'm pretty damn happy with my work to fun ratio, so I can't really complain.

  4. Katie January 5, 2012 Reply

    That's true Robert, I didn't think about the potential of growing to dislike your usual passion because it's now tied to making a living. I do think that could happen. So maybe I'll save my passions (writing, working with animals) for a little later in life – when I don't HAVE to work!

  5. Anne January 6, 2012 Reply

    I think it depends on what you're doing, who you work for and how the end result of your efforts is received. I have some awesome clients who are a joy to work with, and some clients who just make me cringe. I like what I do, and I like who I work for. That said, if I won the lottery and could do whatever, I'd probably quit my job and travel and just spend time doing whatever popped into my head.

  6. Katie January 6, 2012 Reply

    Yep, Anne you definitely have a good gig goin'. AND you can go to the Harry Potter theme park any time you want = ME JEALOUS! But I digress. I wonder how many people who won the lottery, would actually stay in their current job because they love it THAT much? Or maybe just enjoy working. I enjoy working, but would definitely want time to travel and float around like you said.

  7. Anne January 6, 2012 Reply

    I dunno. I think after getting to knock around for awhile, I'd want to start a business of some sort. A couple years' downtime sounds awesome at this point, but I think I'd get antsy. And yes, we do go to Hogwarts whenever, and butterbeer is delicious. But you Coloradans have variable topography, which is not something we can say about Florida!

  8. Katie January 6, 2012 Reply

    We gots VariTopo, yo! Colorado tourism should really use that as their tagline . . .

  9. Capt. Ronbo January 17, 2012 Reply

    There's a huge difference in being wealthy enough to not need to work, but doing something you find fun. It really would take the pressure off. I'd love to own a brew-pub, but many fail. Were I wealthy enough, I would have somebody run it, provide direction as I desired, hang out there on occasion, and not be financially hurt if it didn't make it. I might also fancy myself writing a novel someday, but not because I had to in order to pay the bills. Or, I might take a lower paying job for fun if I were fully vested and ready for retirement – like gigilo.

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