LOVE WHAT YOU DO

What do you desire? What makes you itch?  What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, “we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do”. So I always ask the question, “what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?

When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much.

That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch, and no vomit it never gets there.

And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question: What do I desire?

~  Alan Watts ~ 

Hoy, un domingo cualquiera, día de paz y tranquilidad en casa. Todo va más lento de lo normal. Desayuno, orden en las habitaciones etc.

Como siempre, comida en familia, toda unida y con algún que otro invitado. La verdad es que en casa, las charlas “post comida” son más largas de lo habitual. Siempre hablamos y hablamos de los mismos temas pero con algún que otro añadido y hoy, un sábado cualquiera, hemos hablado del mítico tema de la vocación profesional.

Nos preguntamos con mucha frecuencia como tanta gente puede estudiar algo que no le gusta, por imposición, por no tener otras perspectivas mejores o por otras muchas razones: cada cual menos original.

Yo, sinceramente, no podría hacerlo. Prefiero moverme por ambiciones y sueños. Por hobbies y metas. ¿Cómo puedes dedicar 5 años de tu vida (y el resto si terminas trabajando de lo que estudias) a estudiar algo que no te gusta, algo que te aburre?

Siempre han existido “LAS CARRERAS” aquellas que la gran mayoría de la gente suele estudiar por vocación (la menos común de las razones), porque abarcan muchas salidas profesionales o bien con esperanzas de tener un futuro BRILLANTE. Cada uno a lo suyo, insisto, pero… me gustaría destacar por ejemplo, ARQUITECTURA: un grado precioso y difícil que antes muchísima gente estudiaba, ahora… poca gente entra en esta carrera ya que no da mucho trabajo = dinero.

Yo pienso firmemente que cada persona ha de descubrirse a si misma, descubrir sus gustos, sus pasiones, sus puntos fuertes y sus puntos débiles y no dejar que nadie decida que es lo que debe estudiar o donde debe trabajar. ¿Y si tú, debías ser feliz siendo artista y tus padres o tu entorno han decidido: mejor estudia ADE? De verdad que no lo entiendo. ¿Qué tiene de malo ser pintor, poeta, filósofo […] ? Cuando estudias / trabajas en algo que te gusta, lo haces mejor y además, tienes más posibilidades de triunfar en ello.

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I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle. 

~ Steve Jobs ~

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