Corina Manea

Doing What You Love is Key to Your Success

By: Corina Manea | February 29, 2016 | 

Why Doing What You Love Is The Key to Your Success

By Corina Manea

You may not like reading this, you may not agree with me, but I am going to say it anyway: Doing what you love, loving what you do is the key to your success.

If you buy into the crap that you need to bust your butt and die at the office to be noticed to make a decent pay or to get your next promotion, you’re lying to yourself.

For so many years you were told you need to go to college, get a degree, get a 9-to-5 job—preferably in a multinational—work yourself into the ground to climb the corporate ladder and be able to afford a better car than your neighbor’s, a fancy house, and a big bank account you couldn’t spend in a lifetime because, well, you are busy working.

And before you start arguing with me, take a look at Millennials.

They teach us all what life is all about, and that is doing what you love.

They teach us a lesson to remember for a lifetime.

What you do, whether it’s working for someone else or for yourself is part of who you are.

Your life doesn’t start when you log off at the office or on weekends.

Gary Vaynerchuck was right when he said,

If you live for weekends and vacation, your s…t is broken.

When you’re doing what you love and love what you do, you are happy.

When you’re happy, you are more relaxed, you enjoy life, you are creative.

When you are creative you are true to yourself, you express yourself, you give to others through your work, your art.

At the end of the day or life, not money or material things give you that sense of accomplishment, that internal joy, but knowing that you were of help, you made things better than you found them.

How to Achieve Success in Your Career and Life: By Doing What You Love 

Your career, your job is part of who you are, not what you are.

The secret to achieving success in your professional and personal life is doing what you love and loving what you do.

As simple and obvious as this is, you may be surprised how many people postpone their happiness for others or for things.

Life is short and, as the years pass, is getting shorter.

Trading your happiness and talent for less than you deserve is cheating on yourself.

You may say not everyone can afford to do that, they may have families that depend on them, a mortgage or other obligations.

But the truth is you cannot afford not to do it.

And the power is inside you, it is that drive you held captive for so many years.

It only takes a switch in your mindset.

It takes deciding that you’re going to choose yourself.

I am not saying you should leave your job tomorrow morning.

What I am saying is find that passion held captive inside you, listen to it and build a plan to make it a reality.

Look at all these people around us who believed in themselves and their dream: From Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, to Mark Zuckerberg, to Stephen Covey or Gini Dietrich.

Do you think it was easy for them?

It wasn’t, and the answer is just at a Google search from you.

But they chose not to listen to the naysayers and go fight for their dream.

Yes they have stumbled, they have fallen one too many times, but they didn’t give up, because they had something they needed to share with the world, their creativity, their vision of the future.

Why would you accept less from yourself?

Use the compound effect: Take small steps each and every day towards your dream and one day you will find yourself living it.

It’s time to make the world a better place by expressing our true selves, by doing what we love, loving what we do and becoming better at it with everyday.

Now go win the world, you deserve it!

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About Corina Manea

Corina Manea is the chief community office at Spin Sucks and Arment Dietrich. She is passionate about creating great experiences for clients. Her motto, "Treat them like you'd like to be treated." When not working, you can find her blogging, reading (a lot), or exploring nature.

  • Wow Corina, what a motivating post! I so love this”It’s time to make the world a better place by expressing our true selves, by doing what we love, loving what we do and becoming better at it with everyday.” We don’t realize, enough, how our actions affect the rest of the world. Imagine a world where everyone did what they loved to do.

    I want to focus on the idea of being our “true selves”, authentic, who we are. We so often bought into the idea that we had to be like someone else to be successful. So wrong. The millennials seem to have their heads on straighter but we need to appreciate that they came from us (my children are millennials). They are who they are because we’ve made at least some progress in reaching for that authenticity. Let the children teach us.

    And we, those of my generation, have a foot in both worlds. The world that taught us to “go to college, get a degree, get a 9-to-5 job” and the technological world our children came of age in, who take what we did wrong — and right– and run with it. They will make the world better and we may as well join in and enjoy the ride.

    • Thank you, Lori. I truly believe that if we focus on doing what we love, rather than what everyone else wants for us, we will not only be successful, but also happier.

      Imagine a world of people happy. We would help each other rather than compete with one another. Not that competition is bad, but it is harmful when we compete for the wrong things.

      The great gift to be living in these times is that we can learn from each generation, from Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials or next generations. Believe it or not it’s only up to us.

  • Honestly, I go back and forth about this a bit. Is it more “Western” thinking–the whole do what you love–when most of the world is primarily trying to support families and survive? I’m not sure, but I agree that it’s wonderful when we can meld what we love and where we work. To me the important thing is to understand what you value most, then base your decisions on what supports those values. Whether it’s your job, your location, your activities, your goals and dreams, they should all feed what matters most. That may seem obvious, but when I write out my values and goals from time to time, I realize that I’m either off track and have to re-evaluate one of the other or that I’m on target but needed to be re-engergized. Thanks for always being encouraging and inspiring, Corina!

    • Don’t think it’s “Western thinking” as much as the need to do something meaningful with our lives. If you look back in history, century after century we’ve progressed for a better life: a better home, a better job, etc. Now it’s time to take a step back and look at what we really were meant to do/be.

      Yes, understanding your values and planning your life accordingly is the best gift we can give ourselves.

      Thank you so much for your comment, Amanda!

  • I agree that it’s important to do what you love. In my book, “How to Live Your Passion & Fulfill Your Dreams,” I write about this very subject. But I feel it’s important to note that not everyone has the option to drop their day job and pursue pottery or leather belt making, which, by the way, are noble pursuits. Instead, I promote the idea that even if you get to touch that thing that you love on a regular basis while you collect a paycheck to keep your family finances moving forward, well, sometimes that’s enough. A dollar sign doesn’t validate a life’s purpose. As long as we express our true selves in some arena, paid or not, that may be enough.

    • We live in the best time of our history, we have instant access to information and knowledge, but there is also a downsize: we expect to have everything yesterday, we lost our patience to work for what we want.

      As much as we want a better career, a better job, a better relationship, etc. these things take time, and if you are not willing to invest time and effort, no one will come to your door to offer them.

      It’s not about the option, as it is about making a choice, a shift in your mindset. This doesn’t mean leaving your job tomorrow, or not paying the mortgage, etc. It means listening to yourself, identifying what you would love to do for the rest of your life, and then find ways to make it a reality.

      It took me 7 years to get where I am today, and that is doing what I love. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t pretty, but once I got clarity on what I really wanted I focused all my efforts and time on getting it (while going to the job that paid the “rent”).

      There are many things we can do, if we give ourselves permission to, and change our mindset.

      Thank you for your comment, Stacie!

  • Megan

    Hello Corina,
    This was truly an inspiring post for me to read! This is also something I have told myself from the moment I decided to become a journalism major. “If you are doing what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” And I definitely was reminded of my motto when reading your post. I thought it was interesting when you brought up the millennials side of it. Although I am twenty-one years old and do not have family yet, I believe that children really do teach us and guide us through this crazy thing called life. Also, I can relate to the first part when you are mentioning what we have been told to do since we were young. Since I am a college student, it has been drilled into my brain to graduate, find a job, and work until you die, basically. What they fail to teach us at school is to do what we ENJOY. It has turned into a “who can become the most famous” or “who can make the most money” and it is ridiculous. I’m glad I know someone who shares the same values and ideas as me!

    • Thank you for your comment, Megan.

      What parents, school, society don’t teach us at an young age is that it’s up to us to decide, choose what makes us happy, and work for it. We need to experiment to understand and find out what we really like.

      We realize later in life we chose a career because of our parents, friends, or school teachers, which we don’t even enjoy. Or we’re in a rush to get a job, start a family, take on a mortgage because that’s what everybody does.

      This is wasted time, when you could be giving your best, and contributing to this world making it better with your talent.

  • Emi Nguyen

    Woa! This truly is a motivating post. I’m learning how to develop my personal brand, and this’s exactly what I should do. Do what I love to do is the only way for me to reach my goal.

    • Yes, follow your passion, learn and be the best at your craft. Thank you for stopping by, Emi.