Love what you do. Do what you love.

We all know this one, right? It’s one of those short and sweet sentences that sound smart and wise and in time become terrible cliches.

But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Most people will try to find a passion and do it and do it and so on. As long as they are inspired, as long as they love what they do.

But that’s only half of it.

The other half is “love what to do.”

In other words, develop the discipline to enjoy the parts that no one really likes doing. The hard work, the frustration, the countless failures. The parts that are boring.


Writing and editing. A lot of people loathe editing. Or writing and marketing a book. Or coming up with a pitch to sell a book. Or query letters.

There are parts that are crucial to one’s success that no one will ever clap for. Stuff that you have to do, whether you like it or not.

Of course, you can be a rebel and decide not to do those things, but then you’ll be running at 50% capacity, and it’s hard to climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pocket.


16 thoughts on “Love what you do. Do what you love.

  1. At the moment I am trying to find a career option for myself that invigorates me and makes enough money to support the local cost of living. What a timely posting. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. It’s true. Whatever you do that you love, there will be aspects where the ‘love’ won’t be there. We have to be ready for it. We have to be ready to be committed to the thing we want to do however hard it is.

  3. I grew up hating editing, now it’s almost like I can’t wait to get to the end of a piece so I can delve into editing the hell out of it. I almost love editing more these days, and I think it has seriously improved me as a writer.

    Great post per usual, Cristian.

    • Accurate metaphor. It’s only by editing what you wrote can you develop your skill and learn more about writing. Also, there’s no way to avoid editing, the same way you cannot avoid a hill if it’s a part of the circuit.

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