Still reflecting on yesterday’s one-year anniversary of the job that changed my life, I realize that I can wax poetic all day about the importance of a fulfilling career, but the affirmative words from the likes of Steve Jobs, accomplished authors, philosophers, and other eloquent speakers provide more compelling reasons to do what you love.
“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.” –the late Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO
“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” –Frank Scully, author
“We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.” –Alain de Botton, philosopher
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin, author
“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.” –The Holstee Manifesto