How to find your calling

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Why “do what you love” advice isn’t the best

Finding an activity that makes you live is pretty tricky. I love writing. Sometimes, it’s exciting, but I don’t like it when there is no mood.

When we say “A job that you love,” it seems to be something you can do all your life, something you will not get tired of. Can you imagine doing one thing, even your favorite, for the rest of your life?

We are told that we must love what we do and that we will work better in this case. As Steve Jobs said during a talk at Stanford University: The only way to do something great is to love what you do. If you haven’t found one yet, keep looking. Do not give up.

That’s the idea that you must do what you love. What if you’re not sure you love something? Sometimes you like it, and sometimes you don’t. Is it worth engaging in or quitting and looking for “that one”?

Whether or not you have already found it, you will agree that it is not easy. So maybe it’s better to forget about this rule, not strain, trying to find what you love and just love what you do? Here are three stories of successful creative people on how to find their calling, a job that makes sense to you. You have a unique opportunity! Check how your profession matches your personality type. Pass the test Menteora!

Forget about talent. Create your favorite business.

Software developer Katrin Owen tried many things until she realized she wouldn’t find her life’s work that way. For several years, Katrin tried to discover her talents by trying herself in different areas.

I think, among other things, I wanted to be different, but I longed to find my passion and feel the satisfaction that comes with achievement.

Catherine Owen

Each new occupation occupied her until some difficulties arose, after which Katrin decided that she simply could not do this and was looking for something new.

I believed in a genetic explanation for genius. It is enough to stumble upon your case accidentally, and you will become a key that fits perfectly into the lock.

Catherine Owen

Many think passion will arise as soon as we see and try something. No one thinks that it may take years of work and overcoming difficulties. That passion will slowly flare up in the process.

It is often the case in life. You must overcome difficulties and pump your skills to have a real passion for something.

Passion arises when you give something enough attention and time to achieve a depth of understanding and delve into all the nuances. Talent is bullshit. Skills can be acquired. You are responsible for your passion.

Catherine Owen

You will develop skills through practice that is difficult enough to challenge you, and your passion will grow with them.

Hating your job is not the worst thing that can be

Realizing that the passion for the cause does not necessarily arise from the beginning, you will have more freedom. Understanding that you can ignite passion and develop skills in any field gives you the freedom to choose a profession.

You will not give up on the first difficulties, thinking this is simply not your business. And if so, why bother with them? You can start any project or take on any new endeavor, knowing that while the pleasure of the process keeps you going, the hardships can make it the passion of your life.

It can be hard to come to terms with the fact that you’re doing something you don’t like, or worse, being forced to do something you hate and hoping that the skills you’re gaining will spark a passion for the activity.

I think everyone has a mixture of admiration and disgust for people who work in a job they hate so long that they start to love it.

Basecamp CEO Jason Fried wrote about this issue. He said that many people who started companies or launched new products were more inspired by the disgusting state of affairs than by love for what they were doing.

People love to romanticize their motivation and story. They talk about what matters now and forget the motives that moved them initially. Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, the co-founders of Uber, did not create the service because they loved transportation and logistics. They started because they were pissed off about being unable to take a taxi to San Francisco. Maybe Kalanick loves Uber now, but back then, he was just pissed off about not being able to get home.

It may be difficult to relate this idea to the desire to do what you love, but...

Hatred for how things are and seeing how things can be will get you faster than love for what you’re working on.

Jason Fried

Doubt, but only as long as you try

Graphic artist Sean McCabe has worked in everything from fixing computers to designing logos, from podcasting to writing books. But a giant leap in his career came when he focused on cursive type as a designer. Sean used his experience to help others understand that focusing on one area of ​​interest is the best way to make a name for yourself and gain exposure to a specific audience.

But this is a daunting prospect for most of us. After all, if you have to pick one niche and give it all your time and attention, how can you pick one business out of all, and what guarantees it’s the right one?

Most people are afraid to pick one niche because they think, “I am more than that. I can do much more. The world needs to see everything I’m good at.”

Sean McCabe

Sean suggests treating the period of complete concentration on one thing as a work season to overcome fear. Just because you’re focused on one thing now doesn’t mean you can’t do something else later.

But without this period of focus on one thing, without complete, unconditional dedication, you will never know if you can rekindle a passion for your chosen cause or not.

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