Quotations – Inspired by Melie

2 Nov

This quotation has been bandied around a lot recently…

“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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” ~ Steve Jobs
What utter nonsense. People with jobs that are repetitive, stinky, saddening or noisy… Do they love their work? I’m pretty sure I know the answer to that, having experienced a few. But does that make those jobs any less essential to the world? Of course not! To act as if those jobs and the people who do them are somehow less because they’re not the “funnest” ever is frankly offensive.

Not all of us are blessed with genius. We have to pick a job that is within our geographical, educational, physical and intellectual limits and derive satisfaction from a combination of the pay, the relationships we build with colleagues and associates, and the satisfaction that we have done a good job each day. And sure, a countdown until Christmas.

This is exactly the sort of crappy message that keeps people down. If you believe that you are meant to find a job that you “love”, then the pressure is so overwhelming for most people because it’s something that 99.9% of us will never achieve. So we give up. Or worse, we become contestants on X Factor.

Thanks, Melie 😉


Anyway, if only someone would pay me to research Walt Disney World trips…



3 Responses to “Quotations – Inspired by Melie”

  1. Emma November 2, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Amen to this. It makes it seem so simple, too – find what you love and then you’ll be happy. But what if you find what you love and struggle to achieve/do it – not because of lack of talent or motivation but because it’s bloody hard and there’s thousands of other people striving for the same thing? As the wife of an actor, someone who has “found what they love”, this is something I feel rather acutely, and the idea that it’s just a case of finding something you love and then being happy is just a bit too simplistic and, well, a bit patronising.

    • Becca November 2, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      That’s such a good point – the reality of what happens when you get there is something else altogether. Some careers are considerably more risky, and I certainly felt the repercussions of my Dad’s entrepreneurial spirit growing up, as I was moved around from house to house and school to school, depending on how well the business was going. Not that they should be avoided, but that they should be considered in the entire package of lifestyle choices.

  2. greekmelie November 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Yes! The “follow your passion” quote… The main reason that my internet is clogged with unemployed “professional bloggers” who found their calling… of doing nothing!

    I might get off the tangent here, but to me, the patronizing and misleading tone of this quote stems from the fact that it ignores the fact that there are people who don’t have a clear passion or talent. For example, I LOVE running and books but I don’t possess the talent to make money out of them. I am good at what I do and don’t hate it (which is always a plus) so I lead a nornal “non-hungry non-foolish” professional life to be able to have free time for hobbies. Why does this make me any less of a person?

    The quote also totally obscures the fact that profession and hobbies are two different things. To be able to merge the two into a profitable activity, you need real out-of-this-world talent and real out-of-this world determination. And you kind of need both! Save me the pain of yet another half-assed non-proofreading “writer” who uses blogs as a stepping stone.

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