Loving it!

I always enjoy Paul Graham’s essays. His latest “How to Do What You Love” nicely hits home:

“Doing what you love is complicated.”

and

“Although doing great work takes less discipline than people think– because the way to do great work is to find something you like so much that you don’t have to force yourself to do it– finding work you love does usually require discipline. Some people are lucky enough to know what they want to do when they’re 12, and just glide along as if they were on railroad tracks. But this seems the exception. More often people who do great things have careers with the trajectory of a ping-pong ball. They go to school to study A, drop out and get a job doing B, and then become famous for C after taking it up on the side.”

But they probably all have one thing in common: they never stop looking, working, thinking, doing.

“Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it. If you know you can love work, you’re in the home stretch, and if you know what work you love, you’re practically there.”

I love my work.

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