“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
We’ve all heard this adage before and quite frankly it’s bullshit. If you’re doing something you love you are going to put every little piece of yourself into it and you’re going to work more than you ever have before. That’s just the way it goes. It’s the problem you see now with the push for people to monazite their hobbies. Whether it is writing, podcasting, soap making…..whatever.
Let your work be work and let your hobbies remain as such.
I work “for the man”, I clock in everyday put in my 8 hours and go home. It’s boring, it’s tedious, it can even be mind numbing but I put in my time and go home and you know what, as soon as I clock out I no longer give a shit. I jump in the car, crank some tunes and do whatever the fuck I want, with nary a thought to what happens at work. Most days after work that involves going to the gym but you get my point, you leave work at work. It’ll be there tomorrow.
But wait, you may say, don’t you care about your job? Yes and no. The job is a means to an end, it puts food on the table, keeps a roof over my head and allows me a certain amount of freedom to do what I will. I don’t owe them any allegiance, as they see me as no more then an interchangeable part. Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t do a good job. I do what I’m supposed to and I do it to the best of my ability because that’s what I’m paid for. At the end of the day your name is on it and that should mean something to you as a man but I don’t give a shit about the company or their bottom line.
That’s the rub working at a big company; you are literally a number, just a cog in the machine. Usually that means though as long as you’re not a total fuck up you can just fly under the radar. Big companies generally mean there’s some level of stability that may not be afforded by a smaller company, whether it be in better pay, more vacation or better benefits.
It’s a trade off and at the end of the day work is work. The time that really matters is everything that happens outside of that. Don’t let work define you or monopolize your time, no one has ever said I just wish I could have worked more.
My boss asked me the other day if I wanted to put in some overtime. He said he didn’t need me for operations but if I wanted to come in I could. I told him I’d think about it and get back to him the next day. The extra money is always nice so I was vacillating a little bit and thought maybe I’d do it. Later on I checked my calendar and realized that I had plans already for Friday night and Monday night and that I’d probably be up fairly late.
So I told him no.
The extra money is handy but my time is worth more than they’re ever going to pay me. Your time is your most valuable commodity, treasure it and spend it wisely. You’re not going to get any more and you don’t know how much you have to play with. It’s like betting in a high stakes poker game but you can’t see how much you have to wager and when you bust it’s for all the marbles.
Now go do something and do it with mindfulness because you never know when your time is up.