“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs
The professional gets paid to work but loves the game.
Do you love what you do?
In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield shares his perspective on how professionals get paid to do what they do but in the end, they do it for love.
The Professional Accepts Money
Simply put, the professional gets paid, but loves their craft.
“To clarity a point about professionalism:
The professional, though he accepts money, does his work out of love.
He has to love it.
Otherwise he wouldn’t devote his life to it of his own free will.”
Too Much Love Can Be a Bad Thing
The professional loves the game, but balances it with professionalism.
“The professional has learned, however, that too much love can be a bad thing..
Too much love can make him choke.
The seeming detachment of his professionalism, the cold-blooded character to his demeanor, is a compensating device to keep him from loving the game so much that he freezes in action.
Playing for money, or adopting the attitude of one who plays for money, lowers the fever.”
The More You Love Your Art, the More Fear You Will Face
The more that something matters, the more you love your calling, the more Resistance you will face.
“Remember what we said about fear, love, and Resistance.
The more you love your art / calling / enterprise, the more important its accomplishment is to the evolution of your soul, the more you will fear it and the more Resistance you will experience facing it. “
The Payoff is the Proper Professional Altitude
Playing for money instills the habits you need to win your inner creative battles.
“The payoff of playing-the-game-for-money is not the money (which you may never see anyway, even after you turn pro).
The payoff is that playing the game for money produces the proper professional attitude.
It inculcates the lunch-pail mentality, the hard-core, hard-headed, hard-hat state of mind that shows up for work despite rain or snow or dark of night and slugs it out day after day.”
The Professional Does It for Love
It looks like pay on the outside. But it’s love from the inside.
“Technically, the professional takes money. Technically, the pro plays for pay. But in the end, he does it for love.”
Money changes the game. It raises your commitment.
But it’s that level of professionalism that helps you take your calling to the next level and operate at a higher level.
It’s more than making a living. It’s doing what makes you come alive.
Find a job you love, or love the job you’re with.