Work hard…or work joyfully?
I read an insightful blog by Paul Graham a few years back – it was about “How to do what you love.”
Paul says that when growing up, “life had two states: some of the time adults were making you do things, and that was called work; the rest of the time you could do what you wanted, and that was called playing.”
This has stuck with us even now, years into our careers – where work is mostly “hard”, and fun time is the relaxing, enjoyable bit.
We work hard for five (sometimes six) days, so that we can enjoy the rest two.
Some of us end up pretending to like what we do – which is worse – since we are then lying to ourselves.
Some of us cannot follow what we really want to do, because – lack of financial incentive, stability etc. But my question was more about the way we work – HARD.
What if instead, we found a way to work joyfully? What if instead of stressing about deadlines, we approached them as challenges, to which we give our best?
I know it isn’t easy, but the key is not to change others – that is a stretch. Instead, let’s try to change our own attitude about work. Let’s try to change our own approach….