Passionate Work

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart." (Rumi)

Follow your bliss. Pursue your passion.

This is common advice to young people setting out on their careers. And it’s not terrible.

The difficulty is determining what that passion is, and whether that passion is something you can actually do, and whether you can make any living at all while doing it.

Here’s one way through the confusion: Concentrate on doing more, and dreaming less. The first way to find your passionate work is to do actual work. And that starts by doing what’s in front of you…today.

What has life put on your plate today? What would it look like to do it with gusto, to work at it with all your heart until what can be done gets done? Then you can evaluate whether you’re ready to know and pursue your passion.

Pursuing your work passionately is the first step toward finding your passionate work.

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