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Doing what you love

March 16, 2012

I read an essay written by Paul Graham titled “How to do what you Love” His Bio can be found at:

http://www.paulgraham.com/bio.html

Excellent guy, and I thank him for giving such a deep brainwave regarding something which we’re all scared to even think about! 😛

That being said, it took some time for me to complete reading the essay (it is a long one), but not to forget to mention, it gave a new insight on doing what you love, and how we’ve all been mislead all these years, & so deprived of strength to do anything different from what we’ve been doing all these days.

So, if you’ve read until here, great! I have made a little effort for people like me (who usually don’t like to read a BIG essay or a big blog post running several pages). Though I’d recommend you’ll to read that article, at-least once.

Eye-catchers:

“To be happy I think you have to be doing something you not only enjoy, but admire. You have to be able to say, at the end, wow, that’s pretty cool.”

You have to like what you do enough that the concept of “spare time” seems mistaken. Which is not to say you have to spend all your time working. You can only work so much before you get tired and start to screw up. Then you want to do something else—even something mindless. But you don’t regard this time as the prize and the time you spend working as the pain you endure to earn it.

Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.

Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it prestigious. So just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself.

I think the best test is one Gino Lee taught me: to try to do things that would make your friends say wow. But it probably wouldn’t start to work properly till about age 22, because most people haven’t had a big enough sample to pick friends from before then.

Wonderful one, this really struck me:

The test of whether people love what they do is whether they’d do it even if they weren’t paid for it—even if they had to work at another job to make a living. How many corporate lawyers would do their current work if they had to do it for free, in their spare time, and take day jobs as waiters to support themselves?

Here’s the link to the original article, in case you are interested to read further.

http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html

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