Steve Jobs was Wrong
I’ve seen that quote from Steve Jobs last year. You know the one. It was blaring on twitter and pinterest posts when his book came out.
“…the only way 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.”
Turns out, bullshit.
THE HORROR! I can hear the iLovers in my head: How can you say that Jessica? Steve Jobs can’t be wrong! Especially when it is so inspirational!
But think about it for a moment. My generation (very much including myself here) has been running around like chickens with no heads trying to find what they love to do so that they can be not just millionaires, but crazy happy millionaires who love what they do every day. The truth is that for every inspirational Steve Jobs, there are thousands of menial workers trying to sell their art on etsy and failing to make that their livelihood, even though it’s what they love.
A Better Idea
I’m going to take a quote from the video that spurred this post:
“The uncertainty and heartache that [idea] can bring is a tragic mistake.” (I think this quote was originally from Ira Glass, but the video is a little confusing on that point.)
We are going about it the wrong way. Don’t try to figure out what you love and then do it. Find something in life that is interesting and do it, get really good at it. Because truth is, we learn to love what we are good at.
Is it your passion? Maybe not. Or, maybe just not yet.