“Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life,” Confucius said.
Did he really?
A lot of wisdom is attributed to the Chinese philosopher who lived in the Sixth Century BCE, but according to the verdict of the World Wide Web, apparently this is one of his thoughts.
Here’s another observation, this one from writer Maya Angelou: “You can onlybecome truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
And one more: “Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side – I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever.”
The last one was from novelist Stephen King.
Do you sense a trend here? For years – even centuries – one of the acknowledged roads to happiness is not to get stuck in a job that you can only tolerate, much less dislike.
I think all of us have had jobs that were just a means to an end. As a kid I worked at a burger joint and truly disliked it. I also really disliked baling hay for the family farm since I was allergic to it. My wife and I delivered newspapers for a while to make some extra cash. That gig was grueling.
I know that doing something you love is a blessing indeed. I’ve wanted to write since I was a kid and have been lucky to have a found a job that affords me that situation.
In this issue of Go Local we have several stories in which people followed their dreams, their loves and made that journey the basis for their careers.
In Enfield, CT, Joseph Morneault is doing well with his company making flutes, fifes and whistlers – handcrafted musical instruments from choice hard woods.
A musician himself, Morneault has had the satisfaction of a musician the caliber of Ian Anderson, front man for Jethro Tull, buy one of his instruments.
That’s pretty cool in my book.
Cathie Cappa has made her life’s work her love of cooking and baking. She is now located at Cooper’s Common in Agawam doing what she loves.
She said, “There is nothing better to me than watching someone who appears to be in heaven while eating something you made for them. I think we’ve all experienced going out to eat, ordering something and when it arrives it looks great, tastes amazing, and reminds you of home. It’s just the coolest thing in the world to make food that people enjoy eating.”
Clearly that is a statement of love.
Then there is Wilbur Cameron, a man who has made boxing the center of his life. First as a boxer who won five New England Golden Glove Championships and then as an instructor and coach teaching “ the sweet science” to young people in Western Massachusetts.
Despite very diverse careers, all three of these people are doing something they love. Their stories carry a potent message to all of us.
- G. Michael Dobbs, Managing Editor