Love and Work by Indu Balakrishnan

This is one of my favourite quotes: If you do what you love, you’d never have to work a day in your life. 

And then the harsher version of it: If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your life.  

There is a huge connection between love and work. The love that you pour into your work is what will enable you to create something beautiful and good for all who are touched by it. The more you love what you do, the more success it would bring to you. More than that, you wake up every morning happy and excited about it. It brings to you inspiration and the urge to make a difference.  Doesn’t that give you a good start to the day? And satisfaction at the end of the day, yes? 

The reason to do what you love. 

Quoting Batman/Bruce Wayne : It’s not who you are underneath. It’s what you do that defines you. It’s not about how the world sees you, but how you feel about yourselves when you go to bed at night. Are the hours that you spend away from your children or family worth it? Does it bring you peace and satisfaction? When you work on something wholeheartedly, you can see the difference that it makes not only to the work but to you as well. 

The way to do it

Another Bruce Wayne Quote 

“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man I’m flesh and blood. I can be ignored. I can be destroyed. But as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.”

If you are starting something new, build ideas. Worry about your resources later. Be the symbol of what you love. What you represent. That’s what will last for eternity. Steve Job shows us the perfect example of this scenario. He was associated with both Apple and Pixar. After Jobs, Apple did not become greater. This was because the brand played it safe after he left and did not proceed with the vision. Pixar on the other hand came out with some fantastic movies, reason being that it was built on the idea of strong storytelling rather than the presence of one man. 

Follow what you love 

Nobody remembers you for what you meant to do, only what you did. When you love something, go for it. You are better off regretting what you did, than what you didn’t pursue. It tends to hit you hard when you look back and realise that you could have made a difference if you had just made a move. It might not always seem plausible at that time. But you would never know unless you tried. 

No external gratification 

Many face dissatisfaction in their careers because of praise addiction. Being trained to seek out incentives such as praise and bonus can make you feel like your only goal in life is to get the carrot. What happens when the carrot is no longer offered to you? Don’t make career choices to impress others and feel the rush of validation. You lose sight of what makes you happy. 

Carve your journey with passion 

Following your passion would always come with a price. But unless you are willing to pay it, the road ahead is what ‘destiny’ brings to you. When you redefine your path based on your life’s ambition, you are more than likely to reach where you want to be. 

Always remember this. The buck stops with you. 

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