Confucius once said, “Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This might seem like a saying school kids read aloud in morning assemblies, but they’re actually words to live by. Here’s why you should do what you love for a living.

1. You won’t feel like it’s a job.

Just think about it. No more Monday Morning Blues, no more cribbing, no more career crises; just one long, fulfilling ride brimming of awesomeness.

2. Striking out by yourself or doing your own thing is risky. But spending your life doing something you hate is a bigger risk.

Which risk would you rather take?

3. And if you do make it big, it’s basically your dream come true isn’t it?

Oh yeah…

4. Your family doesn’t live your life. You live your life.

So don’t let them dictate what you’re going to be doing with yours.

5. Because they’ll be happy if you’re happy. And you’ll be happy if you do what you love.

So put two and two together and do what you have to do.

6. When you do what you love, you’ll meet more people who you match wavelengths with.

If there’s an artist inside you, you’re not likely to find great friends at a company that makes microprocessors. Not to say that making micro-processors is a bad gig, but you have to be cut out for it, right?

7. Vacations become value-additions to your life, not necessities.

Then, you can focus on enjoying your travels instead of being obsessed with the idea of “blowing off steam” or “recharging your batteries.”

8. The average person spends almost 10 years of his/her life at work. Do you really want to spend that much time doing something you’d rather not be doing?

Sounds crazy now, doesn’t it?

9. Money never makes you happy. So don’t chase after it.

A lot of people like to counter this by saying, “Money can’t buy you happiness, but I’d rather cry in my Ferrari.” The fact of the matter is, Ferrari or no Ferrari, you’re still crying and that’s just, well, sad.

10. And this doesn’t just hold true for jobs or careers, if you want to travel, then just travel.

Don’t let anything hold you back.

11. And this is not to say that there won’t be disappointments.

They’ll be there. And they’ll be there by the truck loads. But your passion, craft or mission will keep you going strong.

12. And most importantly of all, since you do what you love, you’ll be able to give your children the freedom to live their dreams as well.

You have but one life to live, so why not spend it doing something you love?

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