A few years ago I saw a preview for this movie. It looked great and I noticed that it was based on a book. So I decided to pick up the book and give it a read. I went on to read almost anything Dan Millman ever wrote, starting with The Way of The Peaceful Warrior. Since that point, I’ve always said that it is the way I would live my life if I weren’t so lazy.
The book is full of some pretty incredible quotes that are purposeful and productive but one quote always stands out to me above all else.
“A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does”
This statement has always stuck with me because at various points throughout my life, I haven’t necessarily been doing exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve worked jobs I didn’t love and surrounded myself occasionally with people I didn’t like. I can’t tell you why, it just happened.
It’s not like every job I’ve ever had sucked. Not at all. I’ve enjoyed many of them and have enjoyed parts of the others. But what Millman’s quote has made me realize is that it is absolutely possible to find the love in what you do. What does that actually mean?
Essentially, the idea is that you need to bring the love and passion and focus that you have within you and bring it to each project that you’re working on. Whether you’re working for a company that doesn’t appreciate you or in a job that isn’t challenging, or rewarding, it’s up to you to make the best of your situation. I mean, you got yourself into this so you should be able to get yourself out of it.
How do you do this? The first thing you need to do is start to find the pieces that you love. I imagine that there is SOMETHING about your job that you enjoy. If there is actually nothing about your job that you enjoy, you need to do something about that sooner rather than later. So find the thing that you like, or even love about your job. Focus on that thing. What is it about that thing that you love? Is it the process, the outcome?
Let me give you some examples. I love filing. Love. I’m not kidding. When I was a kid, my mom would bring me to work on days when school was cancelled and she couldn’t find a sitter. My mom worked for a company that enumerated Nova Scotian communities when they implemented 911. There were filing cabinets upon filing cabinets under filing cabinets behind filing cabinets. And my “job” on those days, was to file. And I loved every damned second of it.
Through the course of my life I’ve come to realize that I like to organize, to file, to make precise that which has the possibility of chaos. And so, over the years, when I’ve worked a job that I didn’t particularly love, I’ve tried to figure out a way to file. I’ve organized inventory, cleaned up computer systems, whatever. You see, even before I read this quote, I tried my very best to live it. Things are not always going to be perfect but you have the opportunity to bring what’s perfect to you to the forefront of everything you do.
“A warrior does not give up he loves, he finds the love in what he does.”