You might be curious to know why I decided to write about “Do more of what you love.” I once worked as an IT Support Officer for a media company (DM Holdings Limited) in Lagos, Nigeria. Actually, that was my first job. April 2018 saw the completion of my NYSC, and I immediately joined the company (in May).
Then, my employer, a very industrious serial entrepreneur and media mogul, had the motto “Do what you love, or love what you do” written somewhere in his office. Personally, I used the inscription as a reference. He would periodically invite his IT team to his office for brainstorming meetings and technical reporting. And every time I stood in front of him, I had an eco-spiritual awareness about the importance of loving my job. As a result, I got even more devoted to my work. Surely, there were a few moments when I was at variance with the establishment. Nonetheless, when I remembered the inscription, something pulsed through me and reignited my passion.
Some of the IT skills I currently have were built on the foundation laid by the company. My job tenure spanned over 2 years with the organization. Not only did I love my role; I also loved the people so much. I served as the company chaplain at that time. So, until I moved away to pursue personal goals, I was generally productive. I experienced a gust of emotions the day I resigned. I did it, nevertheless, at the exact right time for me.
Why You Need To Do What You Love
You would want to devote more of your time and effort to a mission you love. Right? Because of this, it is not advisable to accept a position solely on the basis of compensation. If you do what you love, you will have simplicity of spirit and enjoy the goodness of life to the fullest. You can only do what you love more! A profession you don’t love will drag you out of the normalcy of life. It will deplete your mental stamina. First, it will make you uncomfortable. Gradually, it then becomes boring, leaving you with so much uncertainty about the future. Consequently, you start to feel wholly unfulfilled and bitter. So, if you don’t love it and can’t love it, you may need to reconsider it.
There is a great deal of enthusiasm associated with starting a new job or contract, particularly if it includes a six- or seven-figure pay. But it will only become clear with time whether or not that is ultimately what you want to do with your life. If you can find an opportunity in something you don’t like, you can do the same in something you like. Perhaps, you were hip-deep in need at a time. Then, an opportunity presented itself and you had no choice but to embrace it. If it doesn’t embody your core values, you will eventually start to lose interest. Being in charge of anything briefly is not inappropriate. However, you might also want to decide against fragmenting your focus. You would definitely want to do more of what you love, as soon as you find it.
Self-Love Makes For Self-Discovery
It is wise and essential to love oneself. Self-love is not selfishness. Some people are more in love with their degrees than they are with themselves. That’s why someone may spend 10 or 15 years practicing a profession—say, medicine—before realizing they weren’t suited for it. Right now, you may not be what you are meant to be. You may even be proud of a position that you know you don’t truly love. It’s possible that what you’re doing is not what you should be doing with your life. Telling the truth to yourself is the first step in loving yourself. Then comes self-discovery as a result of telling yourself the truth.
It’s incredibly challenging going without a job for several months while pursuing self-actualization. Every hardship does, however, have its eruption of glory and gain. You may have to pay the momentary price of lack and destitution for your happiness and fulfillment of purpose.
If earning “money” is your primary motive for working, you don’t love yourself enough. Currency is a tool. Yes, you do need money, and if you work hard enough, you will have an abundance of it. However, you would be wasting your entire life working for money. Cash will flow your way if you pursue your dreams with vigor. I write this on the basis of my own experiences. Once you decide to live your purpose, you will have a dizzying influx of financial obligations and a sudden thunder of bills. It would feel like they can stop your breath as they’d be so numerous, but they can’t. You will survive it. Fundamentally, you must be willing to lose your life in order to find it.
Your work may give you financial freedom. It might also imprison you. Employers will grant you a status that you will enjoy for a short time but not forever. It might meet your needs. But as the initial excitement wears off, you’ll realize it might have been a delusion of progress. A good job will overflow your life with great colleagues and connections that may just slightly help your journey. But then, a job may perfectly be in line with your purpose. You just need to know what you should be and work on becoming it. Some jobs are meant for you and some are meant for other people.
Likewise, you should be wary of entering businesses that do not align with your personal vision. The chances of achieving one’s personal purpose are higher the earlier it is identified and followed. Only your purpose can truly signal hope and fulfillment for you.
The primary objective of this blog is to shift people’s perspectives. I have an engineering degree, but my interests lie more in writing and business. Engineering isn’t a profession to me; it’s a tool. I urge you to discover and embrace who you are. The thing you enjoy doing will make you happy every day of your life. You’ll be excited to put in the late hours necessary to see the dream through to accomplishment. I hope this article will make you have an “aha” moment. A quantum leap will definitely happen if you are ready to purposefully take action and begin to do more of what you love.
“I, my, me”: Prosper T. Nwankwo.
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