Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank shares with us that old adage, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Then he asks us us:
Do you now or have you ever been employed doing what you love?
Love is a strong word. I’ve had jobs that I really enjoyed, that I liked, and that I was good at. But did I ever had a job that I “loved”? Probably not.
Do you agree with this saying or is it a bunch of poppycock, and why?
I have a different old saying (or maybe it’s not an old saying but something I just made up). Anyway, it’s this:
You shouldn’t live to work, you should work to live.
In other words, your job should be a means to an end. It should enable and facilitate living a comfortable, fulfilling, and rewarding life. And if you like and enjoy your job, that’s a bonus. But your job should not be the most important thing in your life.
Finally, take it from someone who, at times, allowed what he did to define who he was and then retired four years ago — if your job defines who you are, you’re going to be lost once you no longer have your job.