Do what you
love have to give….
I’ve been a musician all my life. My music is what I have to give of myself to the world. Certainly, I love music, both as a creator and as a consumer.
However, if I had no aptitude for doing music, would I have pursued that as a career? Probably not, and without any aptitude, I almost certainly wouldn’t have been paid for doing music regardless of how much I loved it. Yet, our culture is one that preaches, do what you love and everything will sort out, or some facsimile of the same.
The issue here is something you love may not be something you’re any good at. I’m not trying to sound discouraging, one should pursue those things you love or that makes you happy, no doubt. But simply loving something, no matter how much you might love it, will not pay the bills if you’re shitty at it.
I’m not referring to a hobby here, pursue whatever hobby may strike your fancy. With a job, career, or livelihood do yourself a solid and choose what you’re good at. The world needs more of those things people are good at. And things you’re good at, well odds are high you’ll get paid more for those than the things you suck at….
Stop and think about what you do for a living and what your best talents and skills are. Are they aligned? Might you be better, more productive, more valuable to others doing things that you are good at? Maybe it’s time to make a shift.
So often we hear the do what you love, and please do, but do what you actually have to give, too. Maybe more of the what you have to give will enrich yourself and other lives you touch even more…. and maybe it’s what you love, and maybe by doing what you have to give, you’ll love even more.