“If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living. That is, in order to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid!”
I came across this video via Brainpickings.
It made me wonder… how many people think like this? And how many people live like this? How many people truly live a fulfilled life?
Ken Robinson calls it finding ‘The Element’ (in his book of the same name.) Other people call it being ‘in flow’. Another article I read this week helpfully (?) shared ‘8 signs to let you know when you’ve found your life’s work‘. And you’ve all seen Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech telling us to never settle.
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
This kind of talk is everywhere, it seems. Yet, how many people do you know who you can truly say do what they love, every day?
Is it just rhetoric, or is it possible?
I like to think that maybe, just maybe, it is.