I was enjoying a talk by Aaron James Draplin ( linked below) this morning and his authenticity and gusto were refreshing to hear. As Mr. Draplin was jumping quickly to his different points essentially around “how to ruin yer career” he introduced one bullet that knocked me back in my seat.
“Work hard and love this shit.”
It’s so authentic and frank that it forced all the gears in my head to come to a screeching halt.
Often in my writings and introductory materials referred to myself as “battle-hardened” . Essentially, this is a reference to an action packed career with hundreds of less than ideal but successful projects. Many situations required solid hard work and stamina. This stream of thoughts brought me to a new realization. I honestly love the shit out of my career. What the hell do I have to complain about? Nothing.
I should be mind-blown every minute that I get to work hard in this industry of innovation, beauty and collaboration. I love it and I don’t have to work hard. But, goddammit I get to work hard because this career is bad-ass and if I am not psyched to do it, I don’t deserve it.
I thank Aaron for his insightful yet real words. They have certainly put me in my place.