Waking up and feeling truly grateful to do what you do is the reward. That can’t be bought.
Most of us have careers that last almost 50 years. That’s a significant part of life. What you do for a living takes up a big part of your life, and it should be more than just work. It should be a craft. One of the most common discussions regarding careers is one concerning work-life balance.
While the idea of having a balance is important, the distinction that is often created in such discussions is in my opinion not a good idea. It separates your life from work and I am convinced the goal should be integration.
In most work, there is always an ever-present conflict between what you have to do to win over external praise and what you have to do to feel a sense of internal accomplishment. My goal is to be a little bit better today than I was yesterday, and that metric isn’t defined by some outside committee, but it’s determined by myself.
We eventually become what we do. The daily actions you take as a part of your job become ingrained in you as habits, which shape your identity. If you’re an artist, you are an artist outside of your studio. If you are an entrepreneur, you are an entrepreneur outside of the office.
The core intention we have for doing something shapes every choice we make. There’s an artisan in all of us. Whether or not it shows through depends on our daily choices.
So do what you love and love what you do!