10 Reasons You Need To Be Doing The Work You Love

Lists, Lists, Lists… I really don’t really care for list posts; however they are easy to follow, easy to digest and easy to remember. That’s why I keep writing them and you keep reading them all across the interwebs. The reality is maybe I really do like list posts – who knows?

There is one thing that I do like and that’s doing the work I love and you should to. I love spending time with family, sharing the Gospel, strategizing, connecting, thinking, dreaming, leading, challenging and helping others win.

10 Reasons You Need To Be Doing What You Love

  • 1. It’s what you love… duh.
  • 2. Life is too short to be wasting time doing work that you don’t even like.
  • 3. If you are sharp enough to rise to a leadership role for an organization you are not particularly fond of, you’re definitely sharp enough to successfully do something you love.
  • 4. It’s easier to wake up in the morning, when you’re waking up to do what you love.
  • 5. You are consistently motivated by an inner desire to do what you love and the success of it all is simply a nice bonus.
  • 6. Your dreams can be centered around what you love instead of dreaming about how to get out of a situation that you don’t like.
  • 7. You only live once on this earth. ((repeat))
  • 8. If you find yourself in what you perceive as mediocre work situation – you don’t have much to loose, pursue the work you love.
  • 9. If you don’t feel that you can leave the financial security, ask yourself “Will the money be the most important piece of my life puzzle 5-10-15 years from now?” Better yet talk to someone in the “Car Business” that chased the dollar their entire life.
  • 10. There is a reason something you love is burning deep down inside of you – it’s because it’s what you were created to do.

There are some great lyrics and encouragement for those contemplating, desiring or thinking about pursuing the work they love found in hip hop artist Emimen’s song “Lose Yourself.”

“Lose Yourself”

If you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

You can do anything you set your mind to. ~Eminem

Maybe it’s time that you “Lose Yourself” or better yet, it’s time that you find yourself, it’s time that you do what you love and love what you do.

Why are people so scared or unwilling to do the work they love? Share your thoughts and experiences on this subject and these 10 reasons.

  • Tim

    Thanks, Scott.  I’ll take this list over a lot of other people’s prose!  Good stuff.

    • ScottWilliams

      Thank you…

  • I’ve always found this to be pretty difficult. Mostly because I’m still looking for that one thing that I would love to do. I still haven’t found my niche in the world, or maybe I have and I just don’t know it yet. I’m not trying to complain about the job I have now. It pays good, I’m in an air-conditioned building, and the people are great. And yet, the work itself doesn’t move me. It’s very repetitive. Sometimes it’s challenging, but most of the time I just sit here thinking about stuff that truly interests me and what I would be like if I did that stuff. 

    • ScottWilliams

      I think you can love multiple things and it may evolve… the key is just leaning in on something you love. Keep dreaming, thinking and looking.

  • I know what you are saying. However, there are times in life when God prods us into a direction that is not what we love. I don’t think it lasts forever, but it does happen. We are in one of those seasons right now. It is tough. It is painful. Sometimes it is hell. But we know that God has us here for a reason. And we look forward for what He is going to do through and in us because of it. I guess I get tired of people saying “just do what you love to do.” Life is sometimes way more complicated than that.

    • Maseko Moses

      What do u mean wen u say life is more complicated than that what complicate it wat makes is so difficult is not us who make life to be complex an hard coz we are afraid to hurt other people if we can believe God an his promises towards us we can be far more much better coz we’re following his laws an comandments
      To God be the Glory

    • ScottWilliams

      I definitely think there are seasons and we need to be patient at times… We also have to know when the season has ended and it’s time to move on, time to chase your dream and go after what you love. I always encourage my staff to spend time working on their dreams even while at work; ultimately that’s my goal destination for them.

    • Hey Janis, 

      You’re comment is interesting, and I think it brings up a valid point which is: Just because your decide to do what you love, doesn’t mean it will be easy. And often, we find that when we start doing what we love, it’s more difficult that we anticipate because anytime we reach for something beyond ourselves, we have to stretch, we have to grow, and that almost always hurts. Despite your experience, it sounds like you have the right attitude, and I hope you’ll stay encouraged and continue to find strength through grace to do whatever is before you right now. 

  • Hey Scott!

    You totally secretly love list posts, and you’re great at putting them together. 😉

    This is a topic I’m very passionate about because it was this belief that served as a catalyst for my becoming an entrepreneur. And, it’s a large part of what I help others discover in my coaching practice. 

    I think a HUGE reason so many of us are scared and unwilling to do the work we love is because we are never asked, “what would you love to do?” Most of use are pushed through educational systems and societies that value particular professions and material acquisition. 

    As a result, the idea of doing something simply because it’s what we are wired to do never enters the equation. And by the time we get enough sense to listen to the call of our hearts, we are so ingrained in routines and expectations of our culture that breaking away from it seems impossible, if not foolish. 

    I think if we want to see more people doing what they love, we have to show them that it’s possible, and preferably sooner than later, but in the meantime I’m out to help others discover this where ever they are in the process. 
    Great stuff, Scott! Have a wonderful week. 🙂

    • Joann

      I couldn’t agree more.
      Pursuing what you love takes a whole lot of guts. It’s scary but it’s all worth it! 🙂

  • Great post and good reminders for all of us, thank you for this nice list

  • Great reminder, Scott. We also have a higher level of excellence when we do what we love.

  • Itsjesusperiod

    thanks for this.

    the reality is the world does not, and will not, make room for everyone to do what they love. it’s a pipe dream.  it’s temporal.  it’s humanistic.but i REALLY BELIEVE you mean well.Consider:what if I love to steal, should i do that?  (which i don’t)what if I love cleaning outhouses in a remote town?i don’t love taking up the crossi don’t love turning the other cheeki don’t love washing the dishes i don’t love getting up to go to the bathroometc., etc.i’m sure paul, did not love being beateni’m sure luther, did not love be ridiculedthere’s something more than you love, and it is a desire to please Godi like the concept, and there are elements of truth in it.  but it’s a rather elitist notion, that will not work for the under-educated mom of three who has to do what she hatesfinally, i have no problem with you quoting eminem, but, “you can do anything you put your mind to”?  really?  i know that that is a popular statement, but it’s just not true.  shall I list a few… naaawwwwwthis of course, is only one man’s view, and i appreciate your’s.

  • when Christ lives in us, we love what (who) He loves and have the power to do something about it. 

    great word my friend!

  • Thanks for your comments, Marlee & Scott…actually my husband was doing what he loved and it was taken away from him…all the doors were slammed and so we felt God nudging us to a place where we did not want to go.  And so, here we are. We feel this is where God wants us, even though it it not where we want to be, and He has definitely strengthened us, made us more dependent than ever, on Him. And we know that this season will not last forever. It’s hard to chase dreams again when you’ve had them and they were ripped away. You’re just not sure where to turn, except to your heavenly Father.

    • Itsjesusperiod

      “You’re just not sure where to turn, except to your heavenly Father.”Then, you are in the best place Janis.  It’s better than doing what you love.

  • Great post!  Blessings to you Greg

  • You are consistently motivated by an inner desire to do what you love and the success of it all is simply a nice bonus.

  • Scott….I like your post….do you have any material how to achieve it?

  • Pooki24

    Thanks for the reminder, Scott. My wife was just encouraging me to stay focused on chasing my dream job. It will be a tough road, but I know it will be worth it. 10-yrs ago, I decided to chase my dream, eventhough naysayers said it was a pipe dream. I had dropped out of college several yrs before, and was a single dad working in warehouse trying to make ends meet. Starting over in my dream profession, at the very bottom was a tough choice but I thank God I had a mentor who continually told me it was never to late or far fetched to chase my dreams. I moved 600 mi away to take a job that God led me to, sight unseen and started my dream chasing in earnest. There were ups and downs, and some times I asked God if He was sure this was the right path. But the inner desire that you mention in #5 never went away. I moved up, inching closer and closer to my dream, but still was able to enjoypoothe journey. Now, Ipooki24m standing at the threshold with a couple big challenges standing between me and the  and your post (along with my wife’s encouragment)  prods me to keep pushing when I was a little hesistant. For that, I say thank you again. And to anyone else debating on whether to chase a dream, I say dont let anyone telyou its a pipe dream, or that its not possible…take it to God in prayer, ask him to guide your journey, and step out on faith. “Lose yourself”

  • I love this list Scott! If you are doing what you love, congrats, but for people who are not, then it would not hurt if they try to start small and start doing what they love

  • I dig the post. Thanks. It is the subject of my book… Keep up the good work

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