How to Test If You Love What You Do

Jul 19, 2015 | CREATIVITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Do you love what you do?

And by ‘Do’ I mean your job or whatever means you pursue to make a living.

The test is real simple. You only have to ask yourself one question.

So here we go, this is the question:

Would you do your job even if you weren’t paid for it?

If the answer to that question is yes, congratulations, you rock. You know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Cool shit.

If your answer however is, no, then get the fuck out of what you’re doing. Make immediate escape plans for as soon as possible.

There is no way in hell you would want to lie to yourself on this one. Now that would just be silly, wouldn’t it.

The matter of the fact is this:

If you genuinely love and enjoy what you do to make a living, then you’d do it for free. Or you would take on another job to support yourself so that you could keep on doing what you love.

How many corporate lawyers or teachers or bank employees or customer service employees or accountants or (insert here) do you know, who would do their current job for free, in their spare time, and take day jobs as waiters to support themselves?

Exactly.

You see, I love writing. Anything really. Wait, no. Anything I want to write. I don’t really like writing for other people or about things.

I used to maintain two blogs that used up a lot of my attention, but didn’t give me any pay checks for a long while. Often times, I would write till late at night on millions of other stuff and journal entries and possible contributions to publications.

I have always written because I loved it and I would certainly do it for free. I have in the past. I still do now.

To make a living, I would do a few other things back then. That is, until I was able to make a living as a writer. I now make an income selling my book and through my travelblog Planet Backpack.

Got it?

So, ask yourself:

Do you love what you do?

No?

I think you know what to do.

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