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Jane Goodall on empathy and our human potential. Also see Goodall’s answers to the Proust Questionnaire.
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Alan Watts on hurrying vs. timing
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*stands on soap box*
I can’t go a day without seeing a post/sign/text message uttering something in the vain of “Do What You Love’ … I myself being a chief contributor to the movement. At the surface it is inspiring & full of hope…but, unfortunately, there is a problem with this plague…the problem is that people of my generation as well as the ones that follow are missing something…action.
Finding what you love doesn’t happen overnight. You don’t stand in front of a mirror repeating “do what you love” three times, to be greeted with a magic fairy who hands you a 6 figure salary, a corporate jet, and unlimited vacation. It doesn’t work that way. Yes, there are a few exceptions to the rule that have found & achieved in doing something they love overnight (and no they did not actually stand in front of a mirror wishing). But even for the lucky ones, it still took hard work. It still took years of trial & error, calculated risks, hours of practice…you name it. These people worked their asses off in some way, shape or form and that is why they were bought out by Google, headlining music festivals, or found themselves sitting in a room full of diplomats.
My generation doesn’t seem to think this way. We think that these answers lie within Pinterest boards, Instagram posts, or through hours of day dreaming. We think that the universe is going to magically align and hand us something great. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
Doing what you love means first finding what you love. It means taking jobs, moving places, working hard and determining what you liked and didn’t like in the process. Doing what you love takes time. It is a series of successes and failures. It means trying things that make you uncomfortable, raising your hand, and doing things you never thought you would do. It means taking risks and fighting, fighting hard for what you really want. And if you don’t know what you want, then try, try, try and try again. Its the only way you will ever know.
it wont happen over night but get out there anyways.
for the record: I am in no means disagreeing with this movement / notion / mindset. I just want myself / the rest of the world to recognize that doing what you love takes practice, dedication, & hard work.
best of luck.
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