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Many a times I have come across people doing things which they really do not love or enjoy. Whenever I ask someone what do you do, I get very sophisticated replies like I am a Marketing Manager at XYZ company or Vice President of XYZ company, or I am a Doctor or I am an Engineer. These replies are often materialistic focussing on their professions which to certain extent fail to reflect their love in whatever they do.
Steve Jobs while sharing the podium at Standford University in June 2005 gave an advice to all the Graduating students “You've got to find what you love…. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. The key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you're passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion.”
How successful would have been Lata Manageshkar if she would have perused Tennis as her career or how successful Sachin Tendulkar would have been if he would have selected acting as his career. Lata Mangeshkar had a passion for singing, Sachin Tendulkar had passion for Cricket and they both followed their passion and became experts in their domains. There is a thin line of difference in what people want to do and what they love to do.
Yesterday I happened to glance through one news of 4 IITans who rejected a job offer of an annual package of Rs. 1 Cr. Per annum. This was because 2 of them were not happy with the kind of job that was offered to them and they realized it wouldn't give them job satisfaction. Instead they accepted an offer of an annual package of Rs. 50 Lakhs per annum in some other company, the offer which gave them the job which they loved to do. Not all your passions may help you lead a life full of luxuries. However the peace of mind and the sense of achievement that you get by doing the same at the end of the day is commendable. Mother Teresa, who devoted her life serving the poor and destitute round the world, who had a passion for serving the society did not live a luxurious life, but indeed lived a successful life and has become a symbol of selfless charitable work. She had to say “It is not how much we do but how much love we put in doing. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”.
It is often seen that people who do whatever they love have become more successful than others. So it may be your business, your personal life, your job or it may be your education. Love what you do and help to make a difference not only in yours but others life as well.
By Dipti Pawar