Most of the people I’ve met over the last 10 years say I am a driven person. According to ‘thefreedictionary.com’ driven means ‘motivated to succeed.’
To be honest I don’t think this is true of myself. I don’t believe what I do is largely because I want to succeed. I don’t even know what success means. Is it money? I have some but not enough to qualify me to be listed. Is it academic accomplishment? I didn’t graduate with honors nor was I recognized for having done something noteworthy at my alma mater. Is it position at work? If you strip down the flowery honoraries on my businesscard, I am a writer, photographer, videographer, editor, and a whole slew of other types of work. I am also a delivery person being asked to carry stuff for people to other people. I may have people working in the group I belong to but I am just another employee.
I know I work long hours at times to the dismay of my family. But like all the things I’ve ever done in the past, I do what I do because I love what I do. And this is what I tell anyone willing to listen, give of yourself 100% in the things that you do only if this is what you really want to do. Steve Jobs said it very nicely during the 2005 Commencement address at Stanford University.
Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true of your love as it is of work. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only 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 will know it when you find it. And like any great relationship, it gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple Computer.
I’ve never heard Steve’s speech until moments before I started writing this blog. He is right. If you love what you do, no matter how hard, it is going to be easy (huh?).