“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else”

Do you feel it? That collective Gen Y voice telling you that in order to be happy you have to take a huge risk – that you MUST break away from the corporate world, that entrepreneurship is the way of enlightenment and by doing anything else, you’re settling for less than your worth.

We are so anxious (including myself) to preach that work/life balance is a myth – and the only way is to integrate the two into one happy passionate lifestyle where you absolutely love what you do every single day.

My question: Do you need to LOVE your job to be happy? To me, love is a strong word – a word that shouldn’t even be used for your work. Love your spouse, love your kids, love your dog; A job? That doesn’t require love. It requires commitment, dedication, hard work, maybe even passion – but not love. If you like you’re job – if you’re committed to doing good work, the rest will fall into place, and it won’t feel like “work”.

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”

Growth is all that matters. If you’re growing and learning in everything you do, then you’re moving in the right direction, you’re taking steps toward where you ultimately want to be. If you’re not – then get out and find something that will help you grow (or change your attitude).

Attitude is an extremely powerful thing – some would say it’s everything. If you keep telling yourself that you’re stuck in a rut with no way out, you’ll ultimately always hold yourself back. But if your attitude is that you aren’t putting anything off – that you’re working your way toward achieving your goals and dreams, then you WILL get there. Keep working, continue networking and meeting new people, use the tools around you to your advantage, write, communicate, and continually shape and mold your reputation.

I’m not ready for the destination – I’m too young, too inexperienced, and interested in too many different things to settle down and focus on one. The destination is the end and I’m only a few steps from the starting line. Enjoy the journey.

Save your love for what really matters. When I move on from this life and leave this world, I’d much rather be remembered as a loving husband, an admirable father, and a good man before people say I was a hard worker and a successful entrepreneur. Welcome your career as a part of your life, but don’t let it BE your life. Let life be about living.

About Matt Cheuvront

I empower folks to do the work they want to do and live the life they want to live. I also watch entirely too much Saved by the Bell, run marathons, and drink plenty of craft beer. Check out the work my company is doing at Proof Branding.