“If we do what we enjoy, it gives us energy. Otherwise, work that we don’t like drains our energy.” This is what one of my Professors in a Leadership Course taught us. Some of us in Pakistan and elsewhere are already aware of this. Self-Help books, Motivational speeches, and Corporate seminars are full of this suggestion. Many of us have experienced it in our lives too. “Doing what we love” is a blessing and yields great returns. However, what is important is to realize that equally beneficial and rewarding is “loving what we do”. Unlike the former, it does initially require some time and effort. We can be assured though that doing so has quite a few gains for us.
To begin with, we never get exhausted or feel tired during or after an activity that is done wholeheartedly. Let`s assume that a Student does not like “Economics”. As a student, he/she neither has any interest in this subject nor is good at it. However, the student cannot avoid it and must study it as a Course. The only way to tackle it is if the student fully involves himself/herself in studying it. It means trying to “digest” that demand/supply curve, Law of diminishing returns, GDP etc. The student should learn things conceptually, using his/her curiosity to understand how Economics works in real life. The student can relate to what he/she is studying making learning easier. Gradually, an interest is developed in that course. Studying it this way will never be cumbersome for the student because he/she has “fallen in love” with it and has indulged himself/herself fully in it. Thus, there is no exhaustion.
Secondly, “loving what we do” is a very important ingredient for excellence or perfection in that work. Since our attention and focus are entirely on that particular work/task/activity, our efficiency increases in proportion to our devotion. We are not distracted easily in such a case. As a result of this, brilliance is what naturally follows. To illustrate, let`s say an Intern joins a renowned firm. The intern is aware that an Internship is temporary. Despite that, the intern goes the extra mile in performing all the assigned tasks and in learning about the company. Unlike his/her peers who simply desire the “Certificate of Internship Completion”, the intern makes the most of that internship. This will give him/her a competitive edge over others in terms of skills, knowledge, networking, and experience. This is a long-term benefit of “loving one’s work”.
Also, by performing the tasks, duties, or work this way, we start valuing the sanctity of that work itself. Many a time, the work is done carelessly because of a lack of interest/motivation/energy. Owing to this, there is a possibility of other people suffering too. Let me cite another example. If a Medical Doctor is fully indulged in the diagnosis, operation, or treatment of his/her patients, chances of negligence and mistakes greatly reduce. Thus, the expenses, health, and even life of those suffering can be saved. Conversely, if a doctor is indifferent towards his/her work, it may impact the patients adversely. What`s worse is that the reputation and credibility of the doctor and that hospital/clinic become at stake. Morally, work that is done for a living should always be performed solemnly and very seriously. Loving our work/job/duty is one effective way to ensure that.
Another benefit of “loving what we do” is that it compensates for the absence/lack of “doing what we love”. Interestingly, this is true. To cite an example, it is a well-known but unfortunate fact that most of us in Pakistan pursue careers that are not aligned with our innate passions or vocation. It may be due to any reason. Someone who loves Accounting, for example, is compelled to become a Lawyer. Chances of his/her success as a Lawyer are very low owing to his/her disinterest in that field. A solution in such a circumstance is to dedicate oneself fully to the profession that one belongs to. With utmost sincerity, indulging oneself in his/her occupation and fulfilling the responsibilities it demands, one can achieve an illustrious career. In addition to that, feelings of fulfilment” and “satisfaction” are also there.
To conclude, indulgence in one
s work/duties/tasks/occupation has several advantages. The doer never gets enervated by working this way. It serves as a pathway to achieving mastery in that particular work. Besides, it is one of the means to ensure sincerity in ones tasks/work/job. Also, it counteracts the lack of motivation/interest in any work/field/task. So, let`s dedicate ourselves totally to what we do/are doing to reap these fruits. As Lana Del Ray states,
“Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness.”