A Trick on Transmuting “Hard Work” Into “Passion”

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While work is a means to bring in the cash and pay the bills for most people, here comes this guy who is part of some special few telling you that “I’m not even working a single day in my life!” as he’s flashing his shiny Rolex straight up in front of your face.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about being an entrepreneur –not all of these guys are… I’m talking about whether they really mean what they are saying or not. Have they actually found a way to “not work”?

Apparently, they have.


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Take Lewis Pugh, for example. He is the first man who has ever swam across the infamous North Cape. He has always been a swimmer, but he did something that nobody thought was humanly possible.

My belief system was splintered… If five minutes in this water had caused so much pain and damage to my hands, what would twenty minutes do?” This was what Lewis Pugh thought before successfully doing the death-defying swim. “What I felt on that stupid test swim wasn’t anything I’d felt before. I don’t believe I can do this.

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Lewis Pugh via The South African

Were those thoughts of doubt? Definitely! But for sure if you examine again, you’ll find out that those thoughts are not entirely just doubts. You see, while the doubt is evident, on the most part he was learning something from the situation. He was actually evaluating the facts. He was actually studying all the forces in his undertaking.

This inclination to learning is perhaps one of those things we can derive useful from a concept in Malcolm Gladwell’s book: The Tipping Point.

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In his book he tells us that the human mind finds it very difficult to project a pattern. He demonstrates this by making his reader imagine folding a piece of paper fifty times. After imagining the piece of paper already folded fifty times, has it occurred to you that its thickness is already as far as the distance from the earth to the sun? I found it hard to believe the first time, too.

Sometimes, the patterns that our minds project are very far from reality; and what’s even more surprising is that most of the time, our brains fail to project patterns at all… “come what may,” it tells us. This will result to fearful undertaking of tasks, in constant anticipation of what can go wrong.

Most unexpected surprises and “bad luck” in our daily lives – especially in our work - are merely caused by this unfilled gap in the analytical part of our brains. Whenever these unexpected “attacks” come, we assume the defensive, our bodies release cortisol, and we end up stressing our mind and muscles. Sounds familiar? Some people call it Manic Mondays, others call it “hard work” (on a negative tone).

It appears now that the solution is simple and difficult at the same time. In order to at least minimize the unexpected in our daily mental equations, we must come as close as possible to correct projections; we must cover as much learning as possible within the scope related to our work. The methods of achieving this vary. Some spend hours reading the daily news like Warren Buffet, while some others like Lewis Pugh, do constant training and evaluate their bodies’ reactions in extreme conditions relative to their goals.

By doing this, they minimize the unexpected in what they do. Things are less stressful and in turn, work gradually becomes more and more pleasurable. What was once “hard work” becomes something else –something they are in control of. Beautiful patterns and niches reveal themselves and the whole thing becomes something like a game; something fun and rewarding. It has become a passion.

10 comments:

  1. This was so interesting. I recently started my new job and I am truly enjoying it, even if it may be only temporary. I know there may come a time where I sigh at the thought of going in but I am doing mental prep to avoid that! I think the attitude to select to certain things like working has a huge impact on how you feel and perform :)

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  2. Wow this is extremely deep but a really insightful and interesting read. Working from home inspires me to work harder and I keep motivated with lots of planning :) x

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  3. This is an very interesting post. I started working for myself this year, freelancing and it is truly the best decision i have made. I am so happy doing what i am passionate about.

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  4. Working from home is something that not only widenes your comfort level while working but also provides you the chance to try different works as per your choice in one time..Thanks for sharing..

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  5. Even i started working sitting at home
    I really love my work
    I really loved this post
    Very well written

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  6. This is such a very well written post. When I start to be a blogger and to my work career/field. I really enjoy it and starting to love my passion in my work. It gives me more happiness and content in life. I feel more motivated in your article. Glad you share this.

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  7. This is a wonderful post. I’m really enjoying the blogging world, it’s a big passion of mine. Motivation and passion are key!

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  8. This is an interesting read! Everyone should follow their passion! No matter, there will be bumpy challenges in the beginning but everything will be OK at the end!

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  9. Thank you for writing this post, I found it so interesting. I'm currently working part time and blogging part time in a way of appeasing my quest for work/life balance. I may just be looking at it all the wrong way.

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  10. This is so interesting! I had NEVER found the job that I truly loved! I have found passion in blogging and it surely is hard work! There have been times when I have been on the edge of quitting but perserverance is also the key in working towards your passion!

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