Creativity Productivity & Work

What’s Your Labor of Love?

The core of giving up lies within the credibility of our interest, that is, if we are not truly interested in the subject at hand we will give up when times get hard.

So many of us start new projects with excitement and vim, only to give up a week later. We make excuses for a lack of time, and get scared when early promise means we might have to go pro.

Do something that you love and you never have to work a day in your life, they say. But that’s not true. Love is TONS of work. It’s just that our mindset of work should be its evolution rather than its completion. Hurdles are merely sign posts along the way, to push us or encourage us to find an alternative solution.

One true test for finding your labor of love rests on attitude. People that own a labor of love create more than they complain. They enjoy experimenting, learning and are patient with improvement. They’re aware of their success but continue to get better.

What’s your labor of love? For Maria Popova, it’s writing for Brainpickings. For Michael Jordan, it’s basketball. For Steve Jobs, it was Apple. But you don’t need to be famous in order to justify loving something. Fame can strangle creativity while anonymity liberates it.

“I think it’s really important to the creativity to stay hidden in your own head.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Don’t strategize. Don’t overthink it. Do things and change along the way.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.