I was reading Aniela Gregorek's chapter in the book 'Tribe of Mentors' by Tim Ferris* over the weekend and this quote really hit me...
"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a bit better… to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
I won't lie, an involuntary sob even escaped (yes, I am a cryer and no longer ashamed of it). Aniela Gregorek is a former political refugee who is now a weightlifting champion, business owner and author. So her story was inspiring enough, but I couldn't quite work out why this particular quote affected me so deeply.
I realised that it's because it was a definition of success that had nothing to do with society's version - which basically amounts to being rich and skinny as far as I can tell (plus a whole host of other expectations based on gender, race, religion, community and more.) So it made me want to define success on my own terms.
Do you REALLY Love What You Do? If you're a modern professional or business owner doing that thing you always thought you wanted to do, or living what any onlooker would think was the perfect life, you might automatically answer, “Yes, of course I love what I do!”
But sometimes we say that because we think we should rather than because we are actually loving it. After all, if you don’t love what you do then what’s the point of pursuing goals, and having a career/business, or a beautiful home, or (insert life goal here.)
The thing is, I hear a lot of people say all the "right" things about how much they love what they do but at the same time they are really overwhelmed, stressed out all the time and constantly operating on the brink of burnout.
I don’t believe that’s what loving what you do should be, so if that sounds familiar – and you’re even feeling a bit guilty about it – here are 7 tips just for you...