I remember the moment vividly... I had just finished performing in my Junior Year musical and I was handed a card from my principal. On the front was a quote:
“Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise.”
From that moment on, it became my life motto. I followed my dreams and went to college for music! And it wasn’t until much later that I realized that Doing what you love does not necessarily yield Loving what you Do.
As a result, I am putting together a multi-part series in hopes to share with you how I learned to love what I do.
Lesson One: Learning what you Love
When I first graduated college this was an easy question to answer. I loved Music and managing bands; recording in the studio and booking shows. I couldn’t get enough of it! Until I realized that I was not making any money and was spending every spare minute trying to do more. I learned fast, that this path would lead me to unhappiness, quickly.
Once I had made this hard realization, in addition to the fact that music would not pay my student loas, I was forced to make a decision. I had to think long and hard about what I actually love, which turned out to be a work – life balance. I love to ski, to travel, to spend time with family and friends, to make memories that will last a lifetime. And though I’m sure that continuing my life in the music industry would’ve given me lots of great stories to tell, it would’ve left me with a lot less of the things I loved. So ask yourself this: What do you love? What could you not live without? Those answers are going to be your first step into learning to love what you do.
Next Week: Lesson Two: Learning what you Hate