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.


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

  1. Yep! Show up at the page. Edit that story for the “nth” time. Just do it. Show up at the drum kit. Play those exercises even if you feel like the Energizer Bunny after a while. And something else I learned over time: that you’re not crazy about every aspect of your endeavor doesn’t mean you’re any less passionate. It’s like true love: take the rough with the smooth. But you still hang on. Thank you, sir.

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  2. Thank you for another great article! I myself hold to a belief that we are all created to have purpose in life.
    A human, represents a jigsaw puzzle piece. We are shaped by our life experiences and sculpted by our family, peers and friends.
    Our colors and pattern are partially ‘our choices’ and another part ‘our influences’.
    And the big puzzle, that we decide to adjoin to is our own individual choice.

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      • I agree with both points. We ARE definitely ‘shaped’ by the environment around us and especially those places that ‘we didn’t choose’
        We can choose ‘how much’ influence or Hold, they have or have not on us, they are still there, in the shadows. The Boogeyman.
        We can rise above it, and our past and our circumstances!
        We have to choose too
        , every-stinking-day.


  3. Nice thoughts here. I believe this to be truth.

    Conversely, when things are going bad and you have to just go through it. Meaning, there is no around, above or below it – only through it….

    I call it living the Nightmare – One Scream At A Time… ;-)

    Like reading your insights very much. Thanks!

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  4. In any complicated task that you believe in, writing a book, repairing a shed, winning an election, there will be parts that drag – the parts you’re tempted to postpone. Usually, there will be parts you enjoy, often many more. You still need to do the less welcome stuff. Sometimes you’ll find that the problem was not so much the real experience of doing the thing, but your hang-ups about it. For example, I’m a political activist and I’m always embarrassed about knocking on doors. It seems an imposition, however polite I am and however quickly I leave if the person isn’t interested or is hostile. But the fact is, many people are pleased to be contacted and quite soon, I’m enjoying it. With reading poetry to an audience, it starts with nerves – but then becomes exciting.


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