It Is Not Bad Career Advice to Do What You Love

Back in 2007, Penelope Trunk blogged, “Bad Career Advice: Do what you love.” She argues that people do what they love whether or not they are getting paid for it and says “it’s preposterous that we need to get paid to do what we love because we do that stuff anyway.” But the truth is, if you don’t love some of what you do, you’re going to be miserable.

1. Penelope writes, “How could you possibly pick one thing you love to do?” When people give the advice, “Go after what you love,” they aren’t saying that you should find that one thing you love to do and make a job out of it. They’re really saying that you should think about what you enjoy doing, what makes you happy, and see if you can find a career that fits with one of your passions. As Penelope says, “we are each multifaceted people.” Most of us love doing many things. I love baking, hiking, traveling, learning languages, reading, writing, and lots of other stuff. Think about those things you love to do and then think about what will work best with your lifestyle and goals as you figure out your career path. Continue reading