Doing work you love still involves work

“It just doesn’t feel like work!”

How many times have you heard someone say those words about their dream job? It’s true! When you’re in the role or responsibility that fits your unique personality and skill set, work doesn’t feel like work.

This is a huge blessing, but it’s also a big deception. Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” This is the bedrock of Behance’s 99U Conference: innovation driven by perspiration. (Forbes)

One of the biggest challenges I hear from new entrepreneurs or anyone starting a movement is that it takes a lot of work. “I didn’t expect it to take this much work!” Yep, I understand. The biggest misconception of chasing your dreams is thinking everything will come easily because you’re finally in your sweet spot. Doing work you love still involves work.

I love writing. I dreamed of pursuing writing full-time three or four years ago. In October 2013 I got the opportunity to launch my dream as a full-time writer. Writing comes easily to me, but I also have to work a lot to take what’s natural and try to make it exceptional. It’s more than simply stitching words together; it’s closing the thin but extremely difficult margin between good and great that countless writers fail to achieve.

It takes work. Lots and lots and lots of work. Chasing your dreams requires more work than you ever expect. It also brings more reward than you’ve ever received. Doing work you love still involves work.

If you’re just beginning on this journey, you may scoff at the idea that you’ll notice how much work is needed. And then, one day you wake up and you realize you’re working 12, 14, maybe even 16-hour days. In fact, the average entrepreneur often puts in between 60-70 hours of work every week. ( I thought this was supposed to be easy!

The key is pairing exceptional work ethic with God-given natural abilities. That’s where the Picassos and Beethovens and Elon Musks and other world-changers find their origins. Chasing your dreams will probably take longer than you want but not as long as you expect. If you dedicate yourself in the confidence that God’s created you to do a unique work, you will succeed.

What’s been your experience with doing work you love? Does it still feel like work? What are the successes or struggles you’ve experienced along the way?

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