You Don’t Have To Love What You Do To Be Awesome.

Sometimes you just have to gut it out. Stick it out.  Fight it out. Stay out of the way of disaster.
It’s sexy to talk about “loving your job” and “pursuing your passion”. But in-between your idea to get started and the finish line is pain and sweat and tears.

Not love.  Not joy. Not fun. Just hard damn work. (And a lot of it)

You have to grit it out.

Grind it out. Work on days when you’re sick-and-tired and tired and sick.

You have to put in effort even though no one else believes in you. Even though you’re not sure you believe in what you’re doing.

Your boss might be an idiot. Your coworkers might be short sighted, passive aggressive punks. Your clients might abuse you. Your prospects might lie to you. The world could be crumbling down around you.

And yet, if you are going to be awesome, you just need to grind on.

You don’t love the pain. You don’t enjoy the sweat that gets in your eyes. You aren’t passionate about getting emotionally kicked-in-the-gut each day.

But, you do what needs to be done. And that’s what makes you awesome.

Loving what you do is a privilege. It is an honor. It is a reward for grinding out progress in the darkest of days.

Unless your passion in life is to “fool around”, you’ll never love everything about what you have to do in order to be successful.

But that’s okay, because if you grind it out for long enough you’ll love the place you’ve arrived at.

Grind on, my friend.

 

0 Replies to “You Don’t Have To Love What You Do To Be Awesome.”

  1. Dan: Thanks for writing an excellent article – how true it is! and………. as Mr. Coolidge said: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

  2. Dan: Thanks for writing an excellent article – how true it is! and………. as Mr. Coolidge said: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

  3. Dan: Thanks for writing an excellent article – how true it is! and………. as Mr. Coolidge said: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

  4. Dan: Thanks for writing an excellent article – how true it is! and………. as Mr. Coolidge said: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

  5. Competitive sports teaches us to actually enjoy the pain, love the challenges (even when we lose), and if translated to business… it is exactly those times that seem the lowest to others that actually give us the greatest joy! Suffering, failure, defeat when we are pursuing our dreams ‘is’ success and is often all we can ask for or desire.

  6. Competitive sports teaches us to actually enjoy the pain, love the challenges (even when we lose), and if translated to business… it is exactly those times that seem the lowest to others that actually give us the greatest joy! Suffering, failure, defeat when we are pursuing our dreams ‘is’ success and is often all we can ask for or desire.

  7. Competitive sports teaches us to actually enjoy the pain, love the challenges (even when we lose), and if translated to business… it is exactly those times that seem the lowest to others that actually give us the greatest joy! Suffering, failure, defeat when we are pursuing our dreams ‘is’ success and is often all we can ask for or desire.

  8. Competitive sports teaches us to actually enjoy the pain, love the challenges (even when we lose), and if translated to business… it is exactly those times that seem the lowest to others that actually give us the greatest joy! Suffering, failure, defeat when we are pursuing our dreams ‘is’ success and is often all we can ask for or desire.

  9. just had an interesting conversation on Twitter and forwarded them [people I was talking with] this blog! There is a massive misconception currently among some young entrepreneurs that “you must love what you do”! I don’t think so.Certain jobs are just stepping stones, certain things are mundane and boring like spaghetti but need to be done.
    The key relationship between love and what we do is not in doing what we love but doing everything with love. It’s other version of “all in or not in at all” – if that makes sense. You put your heart in everything, no matter how big or small, and that makes you awesome.

  10. just had an interesting conversation on Twitter and forwarded them [people I was talking with] this blog! There is a massive misconception currently among some young entrepreneurs that “you must love what you do”! I don’t think so.Certain jobs are just stepping stones, certain things are mundane and boring like spaghetti but need to be done.
    The key relationship between love and what we do is not in doing what we love but doing everything with love. It’s other version of “all in or not in at all” – if that makes sense. You put your heart in everything, no matter how big or small, and that makes you awesome.

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