You might have heard that you can “do what you love and the money will follow.” I wish that were true, but alas, it is not. You can love doing all kinds of things that the market does not think highly enough of to compensate at all.
Simply put, the idea that if you do what you love the money will follow isn’t true, but a derivation of those same words is truer: Love what you do and the money will follow.
Love What You Do
I am with Stephen Covey on the idea that “love” is a verb. It is something that you do. It is within your power to “love.”
If you love what you do, you will pour your heart and soul into it. That love will allow you to give yourself over to your work, and that level of commitment is what creates something exceptional. Not something excellent. Lots of things are excellent. Exceptional means like nothing else.
If you love what you do, you will care about the results you produce, and that caring is what is necessary to produce something exceptional.
How You Do Anything
You don’t get paid well for doing average work. You get paid a little better for excellence. The money follows when you to work that is exceptional. You say, “I can’t love what I do. It’s just a job I’m doing.” Because you believe that, it’s true for you. Know, however, that there are those who do the same thing that you do who are also craftsmen and craftswomen.
It’s a matter of pride. Without caring, the work you do, regardless of what that work may be, won’t get you paid.
When you love what you do and give yourself over to the work, what you do is extraordinary, regardless of what kind of work you are doing. You might not get paid for doing that exact work, but people will notice that your work is exceptional, and someone will pluck you from obscurity and pay you to bring that same quality to something else.
How you do anything is how you do everything. Love what you do, and the money will follow.
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