How to Never Work a Day In Your Life
They say that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
I. Call. Bullshit. In fact, I think the opposite is true.
I show up to my job and I work hard. Partially because I love it, but mostly because they pay me. I quite often encounter situations where I know it’s “above my pay grade” and therefore something I’m just not going to handle.
People who do what they love don’t do that. Partially because they can’t; often “doing what you love” involves passion projects that do not make money and are, in fact, money leeches. So… everything is your “pay grade” because there is no pay grade. For anyone. Mostly, though, people who do what they love can’t just choose not to do something.
It’s not because of a refusal to accept help or delegate, it’s because they literally cannot bear to see the thing they love, the thing that’s supposed to be effortless, be anything less than perfect. Or, realistically, as close to perfect as possible. Love is more work than any paid job will ever be.
I’m writing a book, but truthfully, I haven’t touched it in about a month. I took a break because the turmoil in my life kind of dictated it. My entire career is switching, we’re buying a house and moving, we’re taking on more responsibility with Popped, so my beloved book, the thing I love, my passion project, has taken a back seat. I think about it constantly and I miss it like I miss a lover or a dear friend, but we’re taking some time apart. It’s painful, but it’s the best thing right now.
I’ll get back to my girl some day very soon, and it’ll be finished and it’ll be awesome.
The guys running Radio Free Radio can’t shelve the love of their lives for a week. (To be clear, I mean the radio station, not wives, families, or significant others.) It requires constant attention and hard work every single day for 12+ hours a day.
Other people help out and work hard too, but again, we can choose not to some days. We have fun with it, we want it to succeed, we’re behind it 100%, but we don’t necessarily think about it day and night. Matt and Justin do.
Do what you love, you’ll work harder than you’ve ever worked every day for the rest of your life.
But it’s worth it.
So to deliver on the promise in my headline, in order to never work a day in your life, follow these steps:
- Find a job that pays your bills and work at that job and don’t lose it
- Make your passion your hobby, or just abandon it altogther
- Go to bed early, play video games, see your family, take vacations
That is an amazing existence, but it’s not the Utopian dream of doing what you love. Unless what you love is going to bed early. Then you’re good. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Comfort and security are sexy. But you probably won’t wind up running your own radio station ever, and your ultimate achievement of greatness will likely fall short of what our crazy risk takers will achieve. And that’s okay! I’m not telling you how to live your life. But you have to admire the guys out there fighting the battles that we won’t.
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