Find What You Are Willing To Suffer For

Have you ever heard the phrase “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” ? This concept is total nonsense: however-as with most nonsense- there is an element of truth. I think the better phrase would be “find what you’re willing to suffer for and work will be a little less terrible.''  

While I’m sure there are a few people out there who are working every day, and happy enough that it doesn’t feel like work, overall the idea that if you can turn the right hobby into a full time job it won’t feel like work anymore just isn’t true. As a matter of fact, it’s entirely possible that you could end up turning something you enjoy into something you don’t. Work feels like work because to some degree work is a form of suffering. I believe work is good, but I also believe work is cursed by the fall of man and will always feel like some amount of suffering. Rather than searching to avoid that suffering,  it’s more important to find what you’re willing to suffer for. 

The reason the average entrepreneur can handle sleepless nights and work 100 hours a week isn’t because it doesn’t feel like work; it’s because they’ve found something they are willing to suffer for. I push hard in my workouts because I’m willing to suffer for the results I get from going hard in a workout. New parents make it through the initial sleepless nights because they are willing to suffer for their newborns. Find what you are willing to suffer for and do more of that thing. Find what you are willing to suffer for and get paid for that suffering instead of a lesser suffering. 

Spending you time searching for ways to avoid suffering is an endless pursuit. Leaning into your suffering and finding what you are most willing to suffer for will propel your life forward and increase your overall satisfaction. Embrace your suffering and life will suck a little less.