Should you do what you love? You have no choice. Read on …..
In order to answer this question best, definitions and adequate perspective must be applied. I teach, lecture, and have built my life and business based in the concept of what do most people, need most of the time, in most situations. If you understand motivation, you understand that people innately (intrinsic motivation as opposed to extrinsic motivation) need to be autonomous in their choices and are mainly motivated by an acute need for this autonomy along with a need for mastery and purpose. Companies that understand this are now allowing employees more and more autonomy and opportunity to master skills moored in a deep seeded purpose. The result? Innovation that outstrips the old carrot and stick methodology by a considerable degree. Its not even close.
In addition, there are two human needs that must be satisfied or entropy and breakdown occur leading to less efficiency, focus, commitment, accountability, creativity, critical, creative, intuitive thinking or problem solving / solution finding. Humans all have a foundation that requires growth and participation. We are either growing or regressing in our relationships, careers, businesses, etc. The universe is a power evolving entity (good book to read is one written by astrophysicist Brian Swimme, The Universe is a Green Dragon). We must be moving forward or we move back. As regards career, if you don’t have passion for what you do you lose energy. If you have mediocre to severely negative motivation, you will eventually lose your job or be passed by another with more energy. You cannot just get by doing something for money for long. Besides, considerable research has shown that money does not motivate beyond basic mechanical tasks. Sociologists and economists have concluded that once money is no longer an issue, is taken off the table, more money does not motivate one to perform even rudimentary cognitive tasks more effectively. As a matter of fact, it has been found that more money has quite the opposite effect.
Finally, if you do what you love, choosing freely, pursuing mastery, tied into a purpose of merit and import to you, your abilities are enhanced across the board as you become more focused, accountable, responsible, committed, creative, even an increase in intellectual capacity takes place.
Do we want to do what we love?
According to research done at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Chicago, there is no doubt that it is not only essential to the individual to do so, but the community, city, state, nation, nations, world.