Last night I was grateful to see Mumford and Sons in concert with some very close friends and the whole experience has left many thoughts circling about in my head. The musical quality was second to none, as anyone who has seen them live can attest to. This however, wasn’t what really caught my attention.
What did though, was the sheer enjoyment and pleasure the band looked to be taking in performing to thousands of people. Their day job looked far from a chore or something that they did just to earn money, rather it seemed they would rather be no place else. (Or else they are just very good actors but I’ll go with the belief that they are genuine guys!)
They’ve had me thinking about the importance of doing something you truly love and enjoy for a living, as opposed to the disdain many people seem to hold for the job they work at. It is very idealistic and simplistic to say we should all live the ‘Love what you do, do what you love’ creed but unfortunately the real world doesn’t allow this occur for many people. However thinking about whether we really love what we do is hugely significant as we only get one run at life and it is imperative we try make the most of it.
When you think of some of the worlds greatest innovators, people like Mark Zuckerburg or the late Steve Jobs, it’s clear that they thoroughly enjoy/enjoyed the mission they set for themselves during their lives. They are insanely wealthy but making money wasn’t the sole motive of Mark Zuckerburg in creating Facebook, rather it was to make the world a more interconnected place. It happens to be that in doing this to the best of his ability, he has amassed a personal wealth of circa. $14 billion (Forbes). Not bad at 28 years of age!!
A 1993 WSJ interview with Jobs captures my thoughts on the matter better than I can ever explain where he says:
“Being the richest man in the cemetery does’t matter to me.. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
His 2005 commencement address to Stanford graduates illustrates the importance of doing something you love, or else making a change in your live brilliantly also. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc)
As we all know, this is far from a groundbreaking concept to think about but I think our true answers to whether we each love what we do is vital to how our one shot at life goes. It may well be that anyone who reads this finds it a pile of bulls**t and so be it if that’s the case, but if people reflect for a bit on the idea and learn something new for themselves, then its worth writing it in my eyes. But, hey, both the thought and writing process has been enjoyable so I’m happy in having done it….. 🙂