Love What You Do, but Don’t Do What You Love
Doing What You Love Leads to Disappointment
You have probably heard the phrase, “Do what you love and you will never work a day again in your life.” It’s cute, it’s inspirational, and a lot of people see it as motivation to go after their dreams. The problem is that it’s largely terrible advice!
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we love to invest in people and grow leaders. But what we do is fix cars. Now we have been able to combine the two, but it takes a unique focus and a dedication to putting the first things first. Here’s what to watch out for when you find yourself pursuing what you love.
Do What you Do; Your Passion Won’t Pay the Bills
We all have things that we love. And with the proper steps, we can monetize them. Unfortunately, some things quickly run into one or more of these problems:
- Nobody will pay for them.
- You’re not good enough at them.
- Nobody needs them.
Here are some examples. For situation number one: you’re passionate about brushing teeth. Nobody will pay you to brush your own teeth, and the crowd that will pay for you to brush their teeth is so small it’s essentially non-existent. For situation number two: you love to rock climb. But your abilities level out as a “good” climber (for the rock climbers out there, you can do a 5.11 but you still struggle with 5.12). For situation number three: perhaps you’re very passionate about having color coordinated Tupperware. But nobody really needs that (yes there is a small niche market).
Some of these examples are absurd, but that’s the point. Passions won’t pay the bills. What you do for a living will pay the bills.
But suppose you can monetize what you love doing. Suppose you love to do woodworking projects, and you want to turn that from a hobby into an income stream.
Hobbies Quickly turn to Work
Michael Gerber describes in his book The E-Myth Revisited the problem with most entrepreneurs. He talks about the technician that is working for someone else that realizes the company is taking the lion’s share of the profits. Thinking they could have that share, they branch out on their own only to discover that running a business is completely different from being in the trenches doing the work. What ends up happening is they either: don’t get to do what they love anymore, or they try to do everything and burn out.
If you have ever tried to sell your crafts that you love making, or if you have ever been hired to do something that you otherwise would have done for free, you understand this. Hobbies are fun until you have to do them. Then suddenly they turn to work. If proper care isn’t taken, you end up burnt out, with a failed business, and no furthering desire to do the hobby.
Fall in Love with What You Do
So if you can’t do what you love, where do you turn? Instead, you love what you do. Get good at it. Do it with passion. Become the best at it so that nobody else can catch up to you. Do what you do so incredibly well that people want to pay you to do it. Keep your passions and your hobbies separate so you have a way to relax when the work becomes overbearing.
There’s one caveat. If you’re able to change your focus slightly, you can monetize your passions. For example: you love brushing teeth so you become a dental hygienist. You love rock climbing, but you have plateaued, so you work at a climbing gym, guide trips up Devil’s Tower, or create beginner instructional videos. You have a passion for color coordinated Tupperware, so you start selling it or sell your services helping people organize their lives. They’re all similar, but they’re different.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we develop leaders. But our “work” is making sure that your vehicle is expertly repaired so that it meets all factory safety standards. If you have been in an accident, bring your vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in Billings.