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.


  1. I think the not wanting to do the hard parts is the mentality so many people have nowadays where they expect to be automatically good at or not have to work at anything.

    When I was younger, I never edited my writing. It was decent but hardly great. Even more recent stuff has only been edit as I go. Looking back on even those, I see huge benefit to after-finish clean-up, rewrite and edit. Not editing is like making a rough piece of furniture and never sanding, staining or putting any engraving or patterns into the wood.

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  2. The writing example applies to me and I can telnet completely. I love love loveeeee writing, but too it’s so much effort to do the query letters,marketing blah blah it sounds boring when I think of it, but I really want to be published, os that means it’s inevitable to escape what I find boring.

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