Following Your Heart

“Getting up in the morning and having work you love is what makes life different for people. And if you get into a position where you really don’t love what you’re doing, get off it. It’s easy to be on someone else’s track or something that sounds like a safety play.”
Bob Woodward

One of the keys to happiness – as well as productivity and effectiveness at work – is finding work you love, that you are passionate about. Work you want to do, instead of just have to do.

The difficult thing for many is finding what that work is in the first place. They do not know where to start, and it seems a hopeless cause.

Break out of your routine, and dare to ask. You have got to stop what you are doing (maybe not at this moment, but today, or tomorrow, not next week) and be bold enough to ask yourself if you love what you are doing. And if you do not, then what is it you really love? And if you do not know, then are you going to look for it?

Think of what you already love. Do you have hobbies you are passionate about? What do you like reading about? What do you talk about with others? Is there something you always wanted to do but forgot about, or were too afraid to pursue?

What are your dreams? Is there something you have always wanted to accomplish in life? Almost everybody has some dream like that, sometime in their lives, but often they don’t think it’s realistic. Give it more thought.

What are you good at? What are your strengths? Do you have any talents? Is there something you have always excelled at? Pursue these things.

If you do not actually do anything, you will never find it. Start doing research, start making calls, make appointments. Take action, now.

Explore new things. Try out new hobbies that sound interesting. Read about new things. Find new ways to explore – break out of your patterns.

Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out. That the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible.

‘Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. 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.’
Steve Jobs



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