“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don ‘t like because you think that it will look good on your résumé. lsn ’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age? ” –Warren Buffett
In the quest for wealth, we often end up in jobs or professions that we don’t like, but we stay at them day after day, year after year, until finally we have run out of time. We delude ourselves into believing that a day will come when we will finally do what we dream of doing. Meantime, we spend a life in misery, which we bring home with us each day to share with our loved ones. This type of suffering in the name of a buck usually starts early in life and is often predicated on need. However, sometimes its foundation is nothing more than greed. It is very well established fact that not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives. It makes work drudgery, which drags us down and destroys our spirit. And though we may be making a lot of money, the nine-plus hours we are at work we are miserable.
In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love. Money isn’t what drives them. What drives them is the same thing that drives a great ballplayer or a great musician: a love of what they do. Be it a computer programmer, a salesman, a carpenter, a nurse, a butcher, a chef, a policeman, a doctor, or a lawyer, the people who rise to the top are those who love what they do. And they are usually the people who make the most money in their profession. Loving what we do and earning good money almost always go hand in hand.
I personally believe that when we employ people to work for us, we must try to find people who are going to love what we hired them to do. These are the people who will take pride in their work, inspire their fellow workers to greatness, and become the driving force behind the business.
Always remember that:
- In the management of our lives, the rule is: Love what you do.
- In the management of our businesses, the rule is: Hire people who love what they do.
Both will lead you to the gold.