“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it..” W. Clement Stone
Daily Nugget of Gold 1006
To Be Engaged in a Labor of Love
Who said it? Confucius? Harvey MacKay? Something like, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” or something to that effect. Sounds like great advice, but it’s controversial- just the same. Forbes magazine had an article which called that “Bad career advice”, so at least there’s one person out there who doesn’t agree or at least doesn’t fully understand what Hill was talking about. The article advises people not to take a hobby and make it into a career, but that probably misses the point here. Napoleon Hill said that this was one of the things that constitute true riches, and we think that Hill’s perspective is that not only is this a form of wealth, but as a form of wealth it doesn’t contradict the other forms of wealth, rather, it complements them.
The Forbes article was about how adding things like bosses, budgets, and deadlines could sour a dream. Our take on this is that we want to become really specific on just what it is we’d love to do and make sure we’re okay with whatever the job entails, or find a way to keep ourselves focused on the work we love rather than the distractions. A dentist may love their job, but if they get too bogged down in all the stuff running an office is involved with, they could soon end up disliking it because they think that’s something they must do to keep being a dentist. No, they can hire an office manager and focus more on the aspects of the job they love. The same basic idea is true for a singer, a painter, a carpenter, – whatever.
Being involved in a labor of love truly is something unique- love is the highest and most important function we are capable of in any regard. Love builds things up, love takes the ordinary and turns it into the extraordinary. When we combine our efforts with love, we get a powerful force which produces masterpieces, builds tremendous enterprises, and shapes the world. By definition, as we do all of that, we are happier, more richly rewarded, and more open to the intuitive voices which make all of that possible.
If you do a job you hate to do because you love the money you can make by doing it, by definition you are falling into a trap that one of the most famously misquoted Bible verses warned about. People usually say that, “Money is the root of all evil” but that’s not what the quote said. “Love of money is the root of all evil” Doing something you hate as a means to an end is impoverishing yourself for the sake of money. Think about that for a while.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What is my mission in life, what would I love to do?”
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