How to choose: do what you love, or love what you do

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Today’s blog is inspired by a message famously worded by Steve Jobs

Whenever we face a choice of action, there are two types of underlying drivers: we can choose to do what we love, or choose to love what we do. The reverse in order of two words brings about an entirely different mindset. Choosing to do what we love is a self motivation to satisfy what we want. On the other hand, choosing to love what we do is about taking a step back on personal preference, in order to make room for what others want and make the most of the opportunities we have.

Reality is, on any journey towards a goal, there are bound to be things we enjoy and annoy no matter what our choices are. If we merely choose to do what we love, our actions wouldn’t be mature and fruitful as they can be, as we’d be focused on self satisfaction, and thus be biased towards only the things that are enjoyable. If we choose to love what we do, we’d be more focused on the opportunities presented and the outcome. This’d help us to adapt and endure the things that may be less enjoyable but necessary, and matures our character in the long run.

To give an example, I very much enjoy searching for ways to self improve, but I don’t particularly enjoy the process of communicating them. For me, thinking and learning is intuitive, but not communications. If I only choose to do what I love, I’d be keeping all the learning in my own mind for my own good. But if I choose to love, I’d make an effort to try to communicate better, so I can share my learning with other people to help those that may be in need.

With this in mind, I’m going to be focusing this blog on talking and sharing about the things that I believe are most important to live a fulfilled life. This starts off with a clear self awareness, a purpose driven motivation, and loads of mind/body discipline. I hope you will find learnings and motivations here that will take your life to where you want your best self to be.

Lets do this together.

Shan

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