You know you are free to live and enjoy your life when you love what you do

You know you are free to live and enjoy your life when you love what you do.  The moment you start doing what you love, you never work again.  Life is your game, and there are no rules, unless you allow differently.  

Work is associated with struggle, obligation, and rules, things we dread, however when you do what you love, you can spend twelve hours a day doing it and you won’t feel you are working at all, in fact, you will be so energized that you will feel you can keep on going, and going, and going… just like the Energizer bunny.

In order to live your life without rules, you have to identify what you love; define what you truly love to do, how you can make a living out of it, and where you want your life to go.  Envision the perfect job to express yourself, to let your talent and personality run free.  

Your job can be work or it can be your playground, where you run, jump, laugh, and express your deeper self.  In this playground you can release your full creativity and discover your best self.  You will find out how immense your power is and how joyful it is to live.

In the beginning, the most successful people in business didn’t have ‘making money’ as their main goal, in fact, people who crave money and fame are amongst the saddest and less accomplished you can find.  These people may get rich, but they are poor inside, and they often hate their lives and even themselves.  Money is not a reason for being; it is a consequence of having good reasons to live.

Money is indeed a powerful instrument and a very satisfying reward; however, it can become poisonous if it becomes your reason for acting.  As soon as we start doing what we love and get great at it, the money will come.  Once you realize you are getting well paid for doing something you would happily do for free, you know you are on the right track.

People who play the game their way always win; no matter if they are mechanics, shop keepers, maids, doctors, lawyers, or CEO’s.  A very skilled electrician who loves what he does and is always looking for ways to get better, is a stronger leader than a banker who feels trapped inside a titanium vault and almost unable to breathe.

We’ve all met taxi drivers, guards, and maids who even though they perform low-skilled and low-paying jobs are completely happy and love what they do.  They make strong contributions to their companies and to society. They know they matter, and they play their game without rules.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”  It is not about the job, but about the person doing it; there are no shortsighted jobs, only shortsighted people.

We all feel uncertain about our jobs from time to time, but if this uncertainty becomes the rule of our everyday life, if work has become work, we have lost our passion and we should look for something else.  Life is too short to settle for it. Life is meant to be lived, not to be worked. Life is meant to be a game without rules.    

John Hersey is a successful business owner, published author and motivational leadership speaker. John writes one of the most recognized leadership blogs in the business world:

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