“Do what you love and you will never work another day”
A beautiful quote indeed; but how many people do you know that can actually
relate to this “follow your passions and money will follow philosophy”?
I bet that if I were to take a poll around my office more than 85% of the answers
will yield a disheartening negative result among my peers.
As inspiring as this quote is, I can’t help but wonder its placed between
Idealism vs realism
During Confucius’ time career choices were limited
and prosperous occupations were few and far between.
His quote was probably perfect back when he was around ; but can we still apply it’s powerful meaning nowadays?
The word ” following” by its very essence implies perseverance.
Following one’s passions is not an easy task
Dreams aren’t real
A dream with out an action plan outlining each step, it’s just the act of contemplating an idea.
Materializing an idea or a dream takes courage, hard work,
determination and time. We all know the saying ” Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
The gripping fear of the “UNKNOWN” can stop you in your tracks and deters your desires of following a dream.
Not knowing where the next paycheck will come from, can be a chilling realization.
Knowing you have a secure income every week provides a sense of security, satisfaction; a sense accomplishment if you will.
In the same breath that way of thinking can leave you gasping, searching for more room to breath. More challenges, more independence, more knowledge, more, more always more.
Can this dreadful stuck feeling be caused by the recognition that you are not in love with what you do?
on the other hand if you have the freedom to do what you love day in and day out will you come to hate it?
I am aware that the search for one’s bliss or passion or focusing too much in the “what will be” may interfere with the “NOW.”
But don’t we all need to dream? Doesn’t that provide the fuel needed to propel great ideas?
Complicated stuff, So I turned to Maslow because I needed assistance deciphering Confucius’ quote. Maslow starts his hierarchy of needs with- The physiological and safety needs, which states the obvious needs, breathing, eating, sex, etc, on the second step he digs deeper talking about our safety needs which states we all need personal and financial security to be happy, he goes on to explain the middle layers of his pyramid, the love and esteem needs and then concludes his hierarchy with – The Self-actualization need where he describes the desire to accomplish everything that one can, to become the most that one can be.
I am still very perplexed, so Mr. Maslow, we need to be all we can be while all the while staying financially sound? Not all of us get to be that lucky.
In my humble opinion, any road you decide to walk on bears a 50/50 chance of succeeding. Our job is simple, pave the road you choose with personal triumphs and failures, learn all you can from each experience and know that experiences are like fingerprints they are unique to each one of us.