“A man is worked upon by what he works on.”

– Frederick Douglass

We Only Get One Chance

We only got one life to live. We are consumed and worked upon by the work that we do. So we might as well consider doing something we love for a living.

As Ryan Holiday have shared in his book Ego Is the Enemy:

‘”A man is worked upon by what he works on”, Frederick Douglass once said. He would know. He’d been a slave, and he saw what it did to everyone involved, including the slaveholders themselves. Once a free man, he saw that the choices people made, about their careers and their lives, had the same effect. What you choose to with your time and what you choose to do for money works on you.’

“That’s the reality. Where we decide to put our energy decides what we’ll ultimately accomplish.”

– Ryan Holiday

Easier Said Than Done

I know it’s easier said than done. But if you truly love it, I believe it will always be a part of you. Even if you try to suppress it, it will always find its way back to you and resurface time and time again. That is why you shouldn’t give up. You might not be in your ideal job now, that doesn’t mean that everything is over.

Grounded In Reality

Though it is important to have passions and hobbies, being grounded on reality is just as, if not, more important than pursuing our passions and hobbies.

Sometimes the conditions aren’t ideal for our liking but that’s alright. This is why accepting the mundane, the ‘normalness’ and ‘everydayness’ of life is very important. They are part of life.

The ‘grunt work’ is part of the process. As they say, it’s not the destination but rather the journey that is more important. Which I would have to agree for this context. More or less, 80-90% of our achievements are purely ‘grunt work’. The rest, the ‘success’, what the public see is just the tip of the iceberg. That is why it is very important for us to accept the mundane, it helps us cope with reality.

Grunt Work

I believe in our quest towards fulfilling our ‘life’s work’ and our ‘passions’, it is very important that we realize that ‘grunt work’ is part of the process. And having a ‘day job’ is part of that process. We may not like them (our day jobs) as much as we like our passion projects, we should not disregard them because they are important. At least for the time being. They pay the bills and they feed ourselves and our families.

This is why we shouldn’t romanticize our passions and hobbies because realistically speaking, ‘grunt work’ is part of the process. They may not be romantic and ideal, they important nonetheless because they get the job done.

The Effort Is Enough

You must also be ready for the fact that you may not actually realize your passion projects at all. This is very important. It helps us avoid the pitfalls and trappings of self-deception. We should always be grounded in reality no matter what it is that we do in life. It will keep us sane and ‘sober’.

The effort is enough. The journey towards realizing your passion projects is more than enough. It will keep you going. It will keep you sane and get through the ‘bad days’. Why shouldn’t it be? You get to pursue what you love doing, that if money is not a concern, you would still do it, just because you love doing so. It makes you happy. And it gives you joy. What could be more important than that.

Cherry On Top

Succeeding in your passion projects is just really a ‘cherry on top’. You want it but it’s not necessary because you aren’t doing it to succeed in it in the first place. You’re doing it because you just love doing it. (Take note, what I mean by ‘success’ in this context is financial success.)

But it would be good if we could do what we love for a living. This is why you shouldn’t give up. If you want it badly enough, pursue it no matter what. Provided that you are grounded in reality. That you are aware of the fact that failure is a possibility just as much as success is. You could fail but that doesn’t mean that you should just give up when it does happen. Pursue what you love for as long as you are alive. As they say, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Again, The Effort Is Enough

If you make it, good for you. But if you don’t, well at least you tried. The effort is more than enough. Not everyone has the courage to do that. You can always try again. As Winston Churchill have said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill

We only have one life to live, so trying to pursue what we love is well worth the try. We couldn’t ask for more from life, so we have to make the most of what we have.

That is the only way that we could face the challenges that life will throw at us with zest and vigor. That even through the midst of adversity, we can still afford to smile, accept things as they are, move on and continue on living.

Thank You!

Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry! I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋


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Inspired by: Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday (Book)

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