Episode 77: The Key: To Love What You Do

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“Can you and I, who are simple, ordinary people, live creatively in this world without the drive of ambition which shows itself in various ways as the desire for power, position? You will find the right answer when you love what you are doing. If you are an engineer merely because you must earn a livelihood, or because your father or society expects it of you, that is another form of compulsion; and compulsion in any form creates a contradiction, a conflict. Whereas, if you really love to be an engineer, or a scientist, or if you can plant a tree, or paint a picture, or write a poem, not to gain recognition but just because you love to do it, then you will find that you never need to compete with another. I think this is the real key: to love what you do.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

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The Key: To Love What You Do

“Can you and I, who are simple, ordinary people, live creatively in this world without the drive of ambition which shows itself in various ways as the desire for power, position? You will find the right answer when you love what you are doing. If you are an engineer merely because you must earn a livelihood, or because your father or society expects it of you, that is another form of compulsion; and compulsion in any form creates a contradiction, a conflict. Whereas, if you really love to be an engineer, or a scientist, or if you can plant a tree, or paint a picture, or write a poem, not to gain recognition but just because you love to do it, then you will find that you never need to compete with another. I think this is the real key: to love what you do.” ~ Krishnamurti from Think on These Things

Loving what you do. Not for the material rewards or power or because you “have to” (have to? huh?), but because you LOVE doing it. Psychologists would call this having an “intrinsic” motivation--a motivation that comes from WITHIN you. Contrasted, of course, by an “extrinsic” motivation--where you’re compelled by forces outside yourself to do something.

Your emotional well-being can be tied to your source of motivation. Where’s yours come from? Do you love what you do? Or are you going (compulsively) through the motions cuz you feel you have to?

If you do love what you do: YES!!!!!

If you DON’T love what you do: Ain’t no thang. Just time for some adjustments. Two ways to transform: 1. Keep doing what you’re doing and change your perspective from a “have to” or a “should” to a heartfelt love of what you do; OR, 2. If you feel inspired, you can find something that you *really* love to do. (And, in the transition, practice loving what you’re currently doing because if you don’t get good at that, you’ll soon get pissy about your new thing because we’re always dancing between that part of ourselves that gets all tied up in the external rewards and the part of ourselves that just loves the work itself!)

And remember Ayn Rand’s wisdom: “You must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the secondary consequences.”

Back to Krishnamurti. He also says this: “Real life is doing something which you love to do with your whole being so that there is no inner contradiction, no war between what you are doing and what you think you should do. Life is then a completely integrated process in which there is tremendous joy.”

Amen.

And, of course, remember: “I think this is the real key: to love what you do.”

This is a REALLY big theme for Krishnamurti (particularly in this book where he’s addressing students). How ‘bout even more?