“Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.” Author Unknown This is a very common bit of wisdom that your grandparents probably gave to you. If you do or engage in any vocation which makes you happy and enthusiastic, you will not only be successful, but you will have peace of mind that you are not wasting your time. Even if you are a medical doctor or famous lawyer, or being granted a PhD in a subject after years of effort, the fact that you put in so much time in your occupation and years of training should not influence the rest of your years on this earth. Do what you love, and then the money will follow.
Refer once again to little children and how wise they are. If you watch a child playing he often plays the games with a passion, and focuses like a lightening bolt. In addition, he or she will not play with anything he or she is not passionate about. Spending your precious time on earth doing a job you hate even though it pays well or is prestigious is simply a ridiculous way to live, as all your present moments will be filled with dissatisfaction and depression. There is a quote, “I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.”
Thoreau also wrote, “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” If you engage in a career or job that you really love, then everything you wished for will emerge as truth.
If it is in your nature, Try an occupation which embraces creativity, not business or a stodgy profession. Most humans have a creative side that is crushed by Society’s desire for efficiency. For example, in Karl Marx’s book “Capital”, he gives an example of a “shoemaker” vs. a shoe workers in a factory.
The shoemakers makes the entire shoe from scratch, using his imagination and creativity. In the end, the shoes he makes are original, no two are the same. He is satisfied in his endeavors, and feels complete. Now, compare him to a shoe “worker” in a factory. His job is to put the plastic tips of the shoelaces on at the end of the assembly line. He cannot build a shoe from scratch like a skilled shoemaker. He never learns a true skill. He is only a small part of the creation of the shoe. There is no creativity involved, and he feels the classic “Alienation of Labor”, which Karl Marx alluded to. He cannot identify with the creation of the shoe, and cannot feel pride at building the shoe. The shoe is not “his” own creation. He is just a worker on an assembly line that pushes a button. It is hard to love jobs that alienate your heart from your work. Therefore, try to pick a job that requires autonomy and creativity. Thoreau once again chimed in, “I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.”
Karl Marx once faulted industrial capitalism for its dehumanization of labor, saying that “constant labor of one uniform kind destroys the intensity and flow of man’s animal spirits”. I recall reading about Karl Marx and how he felt that capitalism led to the feelings of the alienation of man from his labor.
Aldous Huxley was even more pessimistic. He wrote: “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”
Regardless of what “ism” takes over in the future, just try your hardest to find the right fit of your personality with the job you seek. Take aim at this choice, as the majority of your waking day will be immersed in the task of working.