Thursday, January 16, 2014

DWYL - Do What You Love

It may be hard to see in this home/work space, but there it is a cute little picture proclaiming "Do What You Love" next to another cute little graphic "Love What You Do."

We've all heard this phrase, but at Jacobin an article entitled "In the Name of Love" claims that
"There’s little doubt that 'do what you love' (DWYL) is now the unofficial work mantra for our time. The problem is that it leads not to salvation, but to the devaluation of actual work, including the very work it pretends to elevate — and more importantly, the dehumanization of the vast majority of laborers."
After all, we're not all Bill Gates building computers in our garage.

Is DWYL just a bit of self-aggrandizing fluff?

Jacobin makes a good point when saying, "By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it."

Jacobin uses the example of Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, the creator of all those gadgets we can't live without today.  In his 2005 commencement speech for Stanford graduates he advised them that
"You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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."
But as Jacobin so aptly points out "Jobs elided the labor of untold thousands in Apple’s factories, conveniently hidden from sight on the other side of the planet — the very labor that allowed Jobs to actualize his love."

Jacobin futher claims that the idea of DWYL divides workers.
"Work becomes divided into two opposing classes: that which is lovable (creative, intellectual, socially prestigious) and that which is not (repetitive, unintellectual, undistinguished). Those in the lovable work camp are vastly more privileged in terms of wealth, social status, education, society’s racial biases, and political clout, while comprising a small minority of the workforce.
"For those forced into unlovable work, it’s a different story. Under the DWYL credo, labor that is done out of motives or needs other than love (which is, in fact, most labor) is not only demeaned but erased."
This article goes on to talk about academia and how professors are all contract laborers because most of us are part-timers and the plight of the poor intern who gets paid nothing, but is doing what you love really just for the privileged few?

The longer I teach the more I hear students say that their chosen career path isn't in something they love, but in something that will earn them "bank".

So why did you choose your career path?  Love?  Money? Or something else?

95 comments:

  1. I believe that everyone should do what they love, but it is not always that easy. Many people just work to make money to be able to pay their bills and feed themselves and anyone in there family. There is also people who don't want to take the time to be able to achieve what they really want to do or they get stuck doing the same job because they don't have the courage to leave because leaving means no money unless you find another job quickly. Just cause you want to do something you love doesn't mean you are going to get paid right away, it takes time and patience. I am going to become a physical therapist and that is truly something I love and I have the time and patience for it because doing something I love is more important to me than making millions of dollars and hating my job.

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  2. I believe doing what you love, especially in the work field, just makes life easier to enjoy. The excitement you feel when you wake up every morning to go to the job you've always dreamed of. But this is not always the case. Their a plenty of people who hate their jobs but still attend work everyday because the money is what really matters. Some decisions have to be made so that your still willing to survive because any and everybody knows it is hard to survive the world we live in today without money, but when your making that money by doing what you love and enjoy, sometimes the money may not even matter.

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  3. I think in this day and age, it takes much more to achieve doing what you love and loving what you're doing. This is quite clear in academia where most students now shift towards "bank" making majors instead of arts majors. Despite that though, doing what you love and hating what you do have one thing in common, which is motives behind the work. People who spout do what you love sometimes don't really see the other side of the story. Likewise, people doing what they hate isn't always a blithely grey-painted sewer as people make it out to be. It all really depends on where the heart is for me. As long as the motives are something the person actually really believes in, any job can quickly turn into a do what you love for either sides of the fence.

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  4. I believe that you should do what you love because once you find that career or job and it's not what you expected it to be you aren't going to want to put your time into it. You should wake up happy to go into work because that's what you love to do, but not because you to have to provide for yourself. Their are people out there in the world who really don't love what they do, but it's what they have to do. I want to become a Registered Nurse because that is something i truly want to do in the future. I want to help out people who are sick and depend on people like nurses to hopefully give them what they need and provide the care they need. The job you love you might not get the pay you want at first, but in the long run it will increase.

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  5. Wow! I love this! I always would say that no matter what I read, I learn something. It makes me smarter. I'm not quite sure if that's what this article is saying, but I do feel a lot quicker when it comes to thinking the more I read. It's sort of funny because a couple years ago my friend asked me if I ever heard about a certain yogurt place and I said "Yea, I had a friend that told me about it once." I thought about the conversation we had and I realized that it wasn't another friend that told me about this place, but I had read about it in one of my favorite book series. In reality, I got my information from a book character, but I confused the reading information for a memory. Although it may seem a little crazy that I referred to a character as my "friend" without realizing it at first, reading made me more knowledgeable about a subject that helped me hold a conversation with a friend. I hope this makes sense haha.

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  6. I believe that doing what you love will make you happy and others around you happy by working everyday efficiently because you want to be there. Most Americans didn’t intend on working the jobs they have, but many factors may have happened in their life that led them to that point. I feel sorry for those that don't have the luxury of going to work that they love. They have to struggle everyday thinking they have to get through the day so they can get what’s important which money is. So my advice is that you go to college and carefully choose the right major that you know will make you happy, working every day. Don’t be that average American that chooses the job because the money is there at that moment or you may get more money by doing that occupation. Remember doing what you love will bring you more happiness then money will and I believe that is what DWYL is trying to get across.

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  7. I feel that if you find a career that consists with what you love to do, that's a PLUS. However, I know a lot of people who haven't been so lucky. They are tired, and stressed from a long day's work. The only way they can stand it is the paycheck they get at the end of the week, or month. A person who loves their career is not going to see it as "work" but as something to do. That's the type of career I want. I know it feels good to just wake up in the morning without the stress of worrying what work has to be done that day; but instead, just being excited that you are being paid to do what you love. That is why I plan to become a Graphic Designer, which is what I love to do. Money is not worth being unhappy

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  8. I believe that every single decision that we take in our life need to follow a kind of balance patron where DWYL is going with what is going to let you have a "good life" in our economics terms. I believe there is just a small percentage of people who get something that love and make a lot of a money at the same time without sacrifices. Every single thing in the live needs to have a balance so we have to choose what we love to do our whole life but we need to learn to love what the life is giving us every day. There is a point that we have to remember there is always a possibility to start again.

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  9. The phrases 'love what you do' and ' do what you love' enable people to improve their work. Once they love the work, they can do their job effectively and create what they have not imagined. For example, I love to travel all over the world. If I get the job for travel agency, I can improve my job ability.

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  10. love what you do, makes you feel comfortable, it makes you do it more effectively without any struggle, complains or harsel. love what you do, simply means u just cant stop doing it, and you really love to do it, i.e i love to to play soccer,if i become a soccer super star, i believe that ill be able to improve my skills and tactics. do what you love is just the same as love what you do.

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  11. “Do what you love, love what you do” is a very common phrase, and it’s really important that people follow it in their lives. There are many people in the world that are not doing what they love; they are simply working because they need the money to survive. However, that doesn’t mean they should just completely give up doing what they love. There are many opportunities out there that help people achieve their dreams and its hard work buts it worth it in the long run. We will spend the majority of our time working, so it might as well be doing something that we love. When you Work at a job that doesn’t interest you and makes you unhappy it ends up affecting every part of your life. Currently I am studying what I love and if it didn’t pay well, I would still be studying it because I love to learn about it. When you study something that interest you and makes you happy then all the work doesn’t seem so bad.

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  12. I believe that everyone should what they love . Why wouldn't one want to want to make money by simply doing something they enjoy. It is easy, it is less stressful and at the end of the day you won't hate your job. The career that I have choosen is something I know will love and never get tired of it. The career that I have choosen is becoming and Athletic training and I would enjoy waking up everyday and looking forward to heading out to my job. The reason being is that I have always loved sports and by choosing this career I will be inovled in in 24/7. Not onlly will I be involved and watch the game, I'll be able to help treat and prevent athelets injuries both on and off the field. Knowing that I help prevent an injury is a succfeul accomplishment , because that will allow my players a long and succesful career and hopefully by the end of thier career have a healthy life. That is more rewarding then money that I would be making. So if you're going to be working for the rest of your life , which most likely you will. Why not get paid doing what you love because in the long run it will be beneficial and the money will always come in not matter what.

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  13. do what you love encourages me to pursue my major and the career I want even more than i already do. I know for me before i even got to college I had know for two years what i wanted to do and why. I always knew i wanted to pursue a career that helped others and where I could know I made a difference and see the result. I chose to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology because I two very close family members who struggled with their speech and I always wished I could help them but knew that I couldn't but pursuing this career is my way of doing so.Doing what you love means that you love what you do and there is no one who can stop you, people tend to enjoy there job and their life more when they're happy with their work.

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  14. I believe that people's decisions today are made because of money and forget about what they do love. I strongly believe that people should do what they love because it will not only let them feel more comfortable, but they will be more at ease at their job. Yes they should also look out for the amount of money they will be gaining but at the same time, money shouldn't be such an important factor when it comes to doing what you love. An example could be a teacher leaving her career to go travel the world. He or she would want to explore the world or take adventures because it interests them it's what they love. Later on, when they come back, then they can focus on the money.

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  15. I chose my career path initially with that incentive of "bank' in mind. I chose Biology specializing in Biomedical Science so I could get into an array of different fields. I was hoping for work in the private sector, perhaps pharmaceuticals. I did a years work placement in a medical research lab by which at the end I had realized that position was not for me. It was the single most boring repetitive job I had worked up until then. I knew, that with a year left of my degree to complete I would need to start considering career alternatives that perhaps made less money but that would allow me to enjoy my work and therefore my free time. I knew I couldn't handle the Sunday night dread of work the next morning and being miserable all week would be unfair to those I love. Fortunately I took a job while still studying, at first it was to make extra cash being a poor student. I had seen it advertised in the Biology dept office and figured it was within my field of study and wouldn't have me stuck indoors. I didn't think that being an insect trapper would work out long term however! Yet I'm still in the same job 4 years later, I love the work, the people, the outdoors and the opportunity for promotion once I have my degree. My work is varied, interesting and I'm not stuck behind a desk all day. I never have the Sunday night blues over work the next morning and come happy even if it's been a tough day. I may not make as much as I originally set out to do but it's enough. I'm happy and that reflects well in my family life. I agree with doing what you love, it doesn't mean that it has to be the highest paid job. Most women squeal when they hear I'm an insect trapper, yet each to their own. Every job needs to be done and I always say if you're going to bother doing something then do it the best you can. At least that way you can build some pride in yourself and your work even if it's not something you absolutely love.

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  16. I have found this article very interesting. From the media to my peers, I have been told to do what you love and not do what anyone else tells you to do. Before reading this article, I have never distinguished workers into two classes. I believe it is important to have a career in something you love doing because it makes life a little more fun than doing something you don't love. However, for some people, doing what you love does not make enough money. Therefore, there are people who choose a career path based on how much they earn just to survive in our world. As for myself, I plan on becoming a registered nurse. I chose the nursing path because I love the thought of helping people and making them feel better. Earning a lot of money is a big bonus to my career.

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  17. I believe people should do what they love for choosing their career path. Why be a doctor if you do not care for another person well being? Sad, but is true that many people choose work based on income not on passion. I feel this thinking method is not smart at all because you will never be happy on what you are doing, you may get happy when seeing the money your making but is all that worth your happiness? Personally I rather be happy than having millions because money can not buy your happiness. Now, moving forward I believe people should think about what honestly makes them happy then apply that when choosing a career path.

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  18. The little saying "Do What You Love, Love What You Do" is really common. I am a strong believer in that saying because I don't want to get sucked into a job or career that I am miserable in. Even now with my very first job at a yoga studio I can say that I love going to work. Not only do I enjoy the perks of receiving free membership into an expensive practice, I also love my manager, the atmosphere of the studio, and most of all, the wonderful clients. However, I am going to school to become a Sheriff's Deputy. My major is Criminal Justice Administration because I love learning and engaging with law-enforcement. I've participated in several different activities with the Sheriff's Office that have helped me become sure of myself that working with them is what I truly want to do. It is evident that working in the office is much different than working in a yoga studio. But similarly, I love the people, atmosphere, and duties as well. When I become a deputy, I will be able to say that I love the career path that I've chosen. Now as a college student, I remind my friends to major in something that they enjoy doing. Do not waste your time spending five years of your life majoring in career you are going to hate. Instead, be happy and pick something you like doing. You have to "do what you love and love what you do".

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  19. I would say that DWYL is a predominantly Western society mainstream thinking and most people feel that it should not be a rarity to have their dream job and be better off by doing it. I admit I belong to people who think like that and I hope I will achieve my dreams, but I do see that it is just a one-side story and that not everyone get to have the job they love to do. However, we are all different and we should not presume we all want the same kind of job. Who says a person working in Safeway as a cashier does not love their interactive job? Who says that we all want the same? I know people who hate physical work, but I also know people who love physical work, such as me. I think we should all strive to get as close to our dream job as possible, but we should not forget that work is still work and no one says Steve Jobs got tired from time to time of his job. I hope we will achieve a future where all these labors are being done by machines and we all get to do more creative jobs, which will satisfy our needs of being useful. But until then, we should find what we love about our jobs even though they are not the perfect kind of jobs we would wish to have.

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  20. I found this interesting because growing up I have always been told to not only do a job for the money but also do it because you love it. I am a strong believer in the saying of "Do What You Love, Love What You Do" because I do not want to be that person who has a job and loves the income but then down the line I begin to hate my job. For instance, I am a Criminal Justice major with the goal to work for the FBI and I have a desire to help people and a desire to know the law. I know I would not want any law enforcement person to be on the job just for the pay check but because they love what they do. When you are doing a job that you love your performance will be better because everyday you can wake up go to work and say "I love my job". I know that jobs can get tiring from being the same routine everyday but it is one thing for it to be tiring and another for you to hate it. I agree with Jacobin statement when he says "the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work".

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  21. This blog caught my eye because now that I'm looking at what career I want to pursue, it reminded me to do what I love and not because of how much money I would get paid to do it. Now a days, most of what people do is work or study for something that pays a lot of money even though they may not be enjoying their job. It's not really about what you love to do, but more about what job will give me enough money, if not more money, so that I and my family can survive. I believe that as long as you love what you're doing is something that you're truly passionate for, then the money wouldn't really be something that you're worried about. The say "Do what you love, love what you do" really motivates me to find a career that I love and am good at because I feel like if I don't, then what's the purpose of me coming to college and spending on this money on something that I'm not excited about learning or teaching. I've never worked but from what I hear, some jobs can be tiring and not as interesting as they used to be, but that's why you must actually love what you're doing in order to stay engaged in the job.

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  22. I love the saying "Do What You Love!" That is exactly what I will be doing. I cant even begin to imagine spending thousands of dollars to earn a degree in something that I don't have a passion for. Simply because you earn a lot of money. Especially the thought of spending 30 years pursuing my career. I chose my career because I know it is something I'll enjoy doing for the rest of my life. To wake up every morning and be excited to go to work. I know that especially in this economy it is important pursue a career that I will not only love but that can support me financially. Typically teachers do not make a lot of money, but that isn't my biggest interest. As long as it pay the bills and it is something I'll enjoy doing I know I'll be happy.

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  23. This blog is interesting because, as a student I chose my career solely on the idea that I can make a good chunk of money. I'm not a money grubber, but I know with money life is much easier. Picking a career path you will enjoy is difficult in itself. A career you can tolerate that pays a lot of money is ideal to a good portion of students. We want to like what were doing and ideally make money.

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  24. "Do what you love, and love what you do," it's very easy to say but actually achieving it is a different story. I truly agree that if you are going to do something for the rest of your life, what better than it being something you love. However, it just ain't that easy! Life is not fair and with that being said you can't always have it your way. Along with making the decision of a career , comes questions like where you want to live, if you will have a family, can you make enough to support your family? If all the answers to these questions benefit you while your career choice is something that you love, then I must say you are blessed! There's a lot of different aspects to look at while making such decisions. I'm seeking to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, that's something that I can see myself loving to do. I've always been encouraged to do what I love and strive for what I want, and I believe that once I get to where I want to be I will love what I am doing and doing what I can to live a decent financial lifestyle. I'm not saying that it's all about the money; I definitely encourage everyone to fulfill their dreams and be what they want, but keep in mind that you also have to support yourself and your future family financially.

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  25. This blog expresses the well loved quote, "Do What You Love" which I firmly believe in. I also believe in security for yourself and family as well. For my own personal career I know that I will love what I'm doing while making good money. While wanting to love your job, the real world still has to set in. Loving your job is essential but you can do so in a career that will help you live a life you want. Despite what we want to believe money is a necessity to live, although love is also key. In saying that, find something that benefits others and the money will come in its own time. I think of it more than just loving your career but also loving to provide for others. So for my career path, being a physician will not only fulfill my love to help others but also give me the chance to be financially stable.

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  26. Like how the article expresses to do what you love in life. But, sometimes in order to what we love, we lose other things. For instance, if doing what we love, in the end, comes to earning a big paycheck, what do you expect to be doing? Nursing? Not everything is fun and games, especially in the workplace. I believe "Do What You Love" is simply having the happiness in your work, regardless the pay, hours, and benefits. In the end, it's just you and your ability to contribute something greater to your occupation. But, of course, standards of money and lifestyle come into play, everyone has things they require and desire. Consequently, doing what we love may not be the best course of action. So, in summary, if doing what you think you love cannot support your lifestyle, then its time to learn and love something more rewarding.

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  27. It is very satisfying not only to see an image of so much meaning behind it, but to then read the many quotes that some of the greatest people on this earth say. Reading this article brings just another view of the so called "American Dream". This article also brought the other side or other view that not many people see very much. Every day in the gym while working out I have a unique set of things to listen to. Some would guess that I listen to music, but most people are surprised to know that I listen to inspirational videos. One thing that is always said or implied is a quote that crossed my ears during a work out, "If you do not go for your dreams someone will hire you to create theirs". This blog targets that as one of its main points. So as the quote implies: Once you find what you love in life, really go for it. Because it won't be long until you are found working for someone else as just another employee.

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  28. I agree with the article when it says do what you love, but like people say its hard to do what you love when the pay and benefits of a different career choice far outweigh the benefits in the career choice that you love. for example a law school student might love the environment but decide to work for a giant oil company that has had a bad reputation for hurting the environment, but why do people decide to work for something that they aren't passionate about? its because they want to make "Bank" but personally i was raised to do what i love and that's been my personal philosophy since i was doing my own laundry at age 11. sadly my career choice isn't very profitable especially when i aspire to make lots of money, have a nice car, and a nice home. but there is always a silver lining because if you ever feel passionate about something but realistically you're working a different career that makes you tons of money you could always change careers after 10-15 years in your industry.It is said that people change careers on average 3 times in their life, so people could ultimately always do what they love and enjoy working in something they aren't as passionate about because they are striving to make enough money so that they could change their career into something that they love. Most of my comment has been based on career choices but doing what you love applies to everything in your life it doesn't necessarily need to be based on a career choice. do what you love and love what you do its what makes you different from the rest of the world this should be based on everything that is done in your life.

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  29. In a perfect world, we would all be able to have the job that we love. But, unfortunately that isn't possible for many people. If you are lucky enough to have a higher education maybe you can find what you really love. But if you're struggling to make ends meet, have a family and not a lot of education, you take the job that pays the billsand feeds your family.

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  30. I have always love the line "Do what you love and you'll find a way to make money doing it." However, the main problem I have with that is I love a lot of things. One of my true passions is graphic design, but every other person in this world is a graphic designer or some sort of artist. I have had many talks with family and friends about my future and what I would like to do with it. Money is always one of the biggest questions though, how much do I want to make. The answer I tell others is 'I would like to make enough so I don't have to be worried about how much I make.'. I don't like money, and the money that I do have I would rather spend on others to make them happy. Growing up as a graphic designer would be a fun thing, but the only way I would make a good amount doing that is being one of the best at it. Yes, putting my mind at it and saying that one day I COULD be the best is a great thought to have - but I know it is very unlikely. So my plan of action now is to focus on Business in school with hopefully a minor in Graphic Design. The great thing about art is you can always do it. You don't necessarily have to major in it to be great at it. By laying out my future this way, I'll have a more stable grounding for jobs and hopefully a better amount of money I can make in the future - and I can always do art on the side.

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  31. It is important to remember that many people look at life through rose-colored lenses. Work is work. Yes, some people are lucky and find something they love but the vast majority are deprived of proper pay. The disparage of pay related to manual labor is the reason I have returned to school. Manual labor is not inferior, i wouldn't trust a lying suit with 2 cents. But you can't make a living by just hard work. It's not right and it's messed up. So I've chosen a career that all the others chose and am becoming a lying two faced suit as well.

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  32. throughout life one must focus on what he or she loves, and strive to make the environment around them a product of happiness. we as humans naturally create stress an anxiety for ourselves, due to overwhelming schedules, preconceived assumptions, and just over thinking. It is very beneficial for one to take their living space and turn it into something that allows them to feel comfort as well as love, because every person is a living and growing organism. Like a plant every living organism needs basic necessities to continue their growth process successfully. A plant needs water, soil, sunlight and care. All of these necessities stem from one base or solid foundation. we as people need that same base an provider of necessities. The human equivalent too the soil an foundation of a plant is a healthy living space for a human. one must do whatever is possible to create a loving and healthy, warm, comforting environment to come home to after a possible day of stress. That way what ever stress an anxiety your corer may bring you, one can always relax and recharge in their living space in order to endure the issues that one may face when not at home.

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  33. What if you are still searching for what it is you love and what career path you want to take? What if you thought you had it all figured out at one point in your life and you knew exactly what you wanted to do with your life and who you wanted to be and when you took that path and invested many years trying to reach that goal and be the best at what it is you choose to be, you were left unhappy and miserable? Well I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to be because of what I already knew I enjoyed. I loved going to the dentist and getting my teeth cleaned and enjoyed working with the public. After finishing the schooling in the dental assisting program, which I enjoyed tremendously, and passing my state board exams, I had many dissapointments such as finding a job as a registered dental assistant. No one would hire me because they all said they were looking for someone with experience. This rejection didn't stop me from sending out my resume and looking everyday for work thou. When I finally did find work it was with a temp service which wasn't a stable job and not many hours. I eventually got the experience there though that I needed in order for a dentist to consider me working for them. After many horrible encounters working for different dentists I have realized that I no longer want to work in this field and feel like I have wasted 13 years of my life only to find out that I have a different view on the the human species. So there I am, confused and fearful of what this next path will take me. Some people are extremely lucky to be able to do what it is they love and to have people they enjoy working with. Hopefully that can be me someday!

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  34. Although I haven't actually chosen a career yet I am in the process of choosing and searching for what I want to do with my life. I have felt so confident in my choice of pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. I have wanted to be a speech language pathologist because this career is very secure, well paying, and is growing. So once I graduate from college the job market will be very good and I will get a job no problem as long as I do well with my studies. That right there is really attractive to me about the career. Its also helping people which has been something I've always wanted to do. It sounds perfect right?

    Well, the thing is my true real passion in life is French. This language brings me so much happiness and being able to do a career where I could work with it everyday would be a dream come true. So I have always had this idea and thought in the back of my head about being a high school french teacher. But that would mean I'd be back in high school. I never thought I'd want to work in a high school. I don't even think I work well with people who are younger than me. Every child I babysat for has hated me. Plus the pay isn't as good as being a speech language pathologist.

    So I could choose between passion or stability. I'm just not sure where I'd be happier. Choosing what you're going to be doing for the rest of your life is truly a difficult thing. It's a huge commitment.

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  35. Of course we have to fight for a dream career that we truly love! Why would we spend thousands of dollars on a degree based on a career that we do not have a passion for? It is absurd to me when I think about this. We live for years, and if we get lucky, even more. With this said, we have to choose our dream occupation based on true passion, not "good" money because at the end of our days, we do not want to look back and realize that we worked all our lives in a job that did not make us happy. We must work; everybody does it. But if we do what we love, it will never be work again. Life is to short to be a doctor simply because your parents pressured you to or to be in student debt on an occupation that will make you devastated by the end of the first year working. Even though I am still undecided on my occupation, I know I want to do big things and make a difference possibly in the medical field or maybe something else that will make me change my mind. The income means absolutely nothing to me. What motivates me is knowing that I will cure infants one day and that to me is true passion. Money is not everything in life; happiness and love is. Money comes and goes while your career lasts for a lifetime. I think everyone should think ahead ten years from now and think about what they would want to tell their children about their careers because they would do anything to see them happy. I am pretty sure the answer would be that finding an occupation is based on passion and determination, not money. I admire those who have one or even more degrees because that is what shows true commitment as a person. To me, being a professor to being a doctor is both equal because it took only one thing to get them where they stand and that is love and strive. In my point of view, neither is lower than the other and keeping a job is different than getting one.

    -Daisy Cabrera

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  36. Everyone should do what they love. Having passion for the career choice you choose is extremely important now a days. Many people pick their career path only because they see the dollar sign along side it. I believe that if people start using the motto of "Do what you love" than we would see less people changing their careers halfway through college and spending more money for additional years of school. Yes it is true that many employees are at jobs they do not enjoy, I believe that is only a short term circumstance in order to see the big picture. For example, working as a bus boy at a famous Italian restaurant can someday turn into the owner and top chef of the same restaurant. It's all about planning and figuring out what we want to do in life. The most important thing to remember is picking what you want to do.

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  37. I disagree with this article. I don't think that all loveable jobs are creative, intellectual, and high society types of careers. Not everyone is intellectual, or creative, and there are plenty of factory workers, and other laborers that genuinely love what they do. I definitely believe in DWYL. I think that capitalism causes many of us to put money before ourselves and our true needs. Boosting the economy is in fact important to society as a whole, but to me personally my priorities are definitely my own happiness and that of my family. If we look at things from our honest human perspective, who wouldn't choose to DWYL?

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  38. "Do what you love and love what you do" is a phrase that I have been told my whole life. If you have a job or career you should be doing something that you are truly passionate about and not just because you want to make money. This article briefly describes why the "DWYL" phrase is some what of a cover up in today's work field conditions stating that people are using it to focus more on their personal needs and happiness. "DWYL" applies to me because I want to be an athletic trainer. Considering my athletic background I can honestly say I love sports. Being an athletic gives me the opportunity to work with sports and other people and that is what I love to do. Essentially I will be happy while in this career choice.

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  39. Making money is important if your goal is to have a comfortable life. Even if your goal isn't making money it is still decently important because without money how will you live or eat. Wanting to do what you love is good. I want to be a writer it's something I love doing but I am aware than I am not guaranteed to make a lot of money as one. So for me and countless others we have to decide what we want out of life.

    I personally believe that you should do what you want, I know it's not the most realistic belief but it's the way I feel. Of course in life you can't always do what you want, there are certain things that are necessary like food and shelter and it becomes necessary to get a steady job that allows you to pay for those things. Not everyone gets the opportunity to do what they love and make money but its one of those things that's different from everyone. That doesn't mean people should still try to do what they love.

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  40. In my opinion this article holds truth. People should find what they are passionate about and go for that career. If people do not follow that philosophy, then they will not be happy. There are people who get into a certain profession just to make their family happy. In reality that person is not happy with their job. Sure, the job may be high paying, and that is a given, but that person might not be happy. Money is important because you need it to live, but money does not bring happiness. The billionaire may make tons of money, but they are probably not happy. The person working at McDonalds may be enjoying themselves at their job, but not earning a lot of money doing it. In general people should do what they love.

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  41. I understand exactly what Jacobin is trying to get at when he talks about how we are all instilled with this belief to do what we love for us since this is our life and we are going to have to deal with what we chose for the rest of our lives. I believe in this very much because people be tired of people always telling them what to do all the time, like some people are in college because they are being forced not because it's something they want to do to be able to do what they've always loved. And I just think sometimes the work world is so unfair because I understand billionaires such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates worked their ass off to get where they are and it's something they really wanted to do but in reality there are people underneath them making all their products who hate that job who don't get paid as much so what happens to them? I have watched my mom worked 3 jobs all my life and she absolutely hates it but she only does it because she know she has bills to pay and she can't pay them without making money. And for me personally I do not want to live like that living pay check to pay check I want to work hard enough doing what I love to be able to take care of me and my loved ones that's all I've ever wanted to do and my mom is the motivation for that. I'm not trying to be the richest person in the world I just want to be able to buy a home, buy a car, and pay my bills with still having money left over for things.

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  42. The phrase "do what you love," has been something I have been told my whole life. This phrase has stuck to me and still goes through my mind. I believe that if you do what you love, then you will as well be happy with the money you are getting to do it. The money should not be someone's main focus in picking a career they love. I have been taught that if you are happy with what you are doing in life then everything else is just a bonus. I enjoyed reading this article because it really does reach out to people and lets them know that you should control your own life and don't let people tell you what to do with it. Being pressured by people to do things that you don't want to can be hard. I am happy that my parents allow me to choose my own career path in college. I love the medical field and that is why I am pursuing a career as a registered nurse. I can not wait to start my career because I do believe that it will keep me happy as long as I'm working ad it is not about the money, that is why it is important to do what you please.

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  43. The idea of "doing what you love" is a very important aspect while working because if you arent doing something that you really care about,then you will just end up hating your job and anything else that is envolved with it. The article also does a very good job by explaining how because of a person trying to find something the he/she loves they are being distracted. That is actually very much true because people will spend a huge amount of time looking for something that they dont even know exsists. Overall the best thing to do is to work but while working also keep an eye out on something that you might be interested in doing, folow up on it rather than just do nothing with your time looking for something that may or may not exist.

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  44. I agree with this article people are torn between doing working as what they love and working for what they need. I consider myself as someone in the laboring class. I am not privileged at all, so I have to work to earn enough money to make a living. Although I would love to be a doctor right now I have to work as a cashier to help pay for school, so that one day I can do what I love.

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  45. I have had a long, long time to think about what I've wanted to do with my life. My thoughts have ranged from what would rake me the highest income, to what would would bring me the greatest happiness. In today's economy I've given it great time and thought and settled on something that could bring me something of both. "Do what you love" is something of importance of me when it comes simply to mental health. I need to like what I do simply to do it at all. But I also have to not crush those in the process. My current job is in food service, and I loathe how our meat comes from Food Inc highlights Tyson and Smithfield.

    My dream future as of now is to study at NYU Steinhardt at a double major field they hold for costume studies and library sciences. Previously I dreamed to become a costume designer, focusing on period pieces. But I realized that this field would be saturated with incoming students, and found that this new double masters field could balance my passion of historic clothing out without struggling. Well, I would have to struggle with academic fees of course... But everyone should find a balance between pure passion and grounding.

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  46. The career path that I chose was because its something I find I am good at. As the article says I wouldn't want to be doing something that I don't enjoy for my entire life but also I realize that my career choice isn't the highest paid job there is and I am ok with that. I believe that what I am studying for in college is something that I will love to do.

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  47. I kind of agree with this article. some people don't know that there's a difference between doing what you love and doing what you like. people say I just like doing it, but the truth of the matter is that that person would begin to hate what he\she is doing. Doing what you love simply means doing something that you are comfortable with. something that would always make u happy and excited an example is LeBron James. When he was a little kid, he loved to play basketball, he didn't say he liked it, he loved it. and today he's one of the greatest Nba players. when u see him playing Basketball, he plays with all is ability and might, doing what you love is something that you would need to find out yourself. only you know what u love doing.

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  48. This is article is very nice because there are people that do not know to distinguish this is concepts . I think that when we do what we love , life is more easier and you will be surround happiness , because of what you do , in contrast there are people that only choose certain job or career because of the benefits that those will bring to them . This is showing that they are not choosing of doing because they love that job or career , but they are doing it because of they don't have choice . Personally , I advice people to do what they love , because love always express positive energy in what we do . :)

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  49. Well, most people today have to choose between doing something that they love, and making money. It's hard to find a career that suits both. If you're happy you're broke, and if you're broke you're happy. I have yet to choose a career, and mainly because I am stuck in this dilemma. Love or money? I wanted to major in art, but realistically that won't really get anywhere..I would just be another "starving artist". I mean I want to make money, I want to have a family, and I want to be happy. Most people, in the end, end up regretting not going after their true passions. Some people even end up going back to what they love because they realize how happy it makes them. I know people that have given up chasing their dream to go to school or work for some company, but they end up quitting because it just doesn't feel right. They end up going back to what they love doing. For me personally, I'm going to try to find a happy medium. DWYL.

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  50. I am working towards being a doctor, which is a lot of work. People in the medical field are known for making a very good amount of money, but that is not why I chose this career path. I don't believe anyone could become a great doctor without loving what they do and having a passion for it. I, like many others, wants to make an impact on people's lives and help as many people as I can. Like Luis Campbell said, "One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others", and that's how I live my life. It just so happens that this job pays a lot of money because of the schooling and cost required to become a doctor; money played no part in my decision, as long as I have enough to support my family. Not everyone has a career that they would love to do that also pays handsomely, but sometimes you have to sacrifice one for the other; love or love of money. If you work hard at something you love, and become great at it, you can make money too. Just ask Picasso. For others not willing to take the risk, find a middle-ground between the two.

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  51. In this article about DWYL (Doing what you love) I found it quite interesting simply because it's very true. If you are doing something you love for a career you will be content waking up every morning for work. Rather than someone who does a career for wealth gain, they will tend to be unhappy with their work. Finding your passion and perusing it for an occupation is not only healthy but a better alternative.

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  52. Doing what you love is not just for privileged few. Everybody has the same right to pursue happiness, to fulfill their life goals. However, the question is: since people have the right, why there is only few people being able to do what they love to do? That is a sharp one. Even though people have the same right, people are still different, in terms of the ways of thinking, the objective factors (social positions, wealth, power, etc.) The author of this post only pointed out the objective one. There certainly are somebody born with wealthy conditions, and they already have money to support them to do everything they love to do. Most people can’t have those privileges. The are limited by the environments they live in, the education they receive, and many kinds of objective factors that restrict them from what they love to do until they even forget what they want. (Look at those people who use drugs just because their friends all use drugs; those people who play computer games all days until they forget what the reality is, until they realize they have nothing and they are already too old and lazy to study new skills).That, is just part of the truth.
    It is true that if you complain, “I am tired of what I am doing, I always want to be a Musician, not a taxi driver. The reason I can’t be a Musician is because I need to survive and feed my whole family.” Isn’t that a perfect alibi? If people really have something that they deadly eager to achieve before leaving this world, they will break every block in front of them and fight for their dream. Now, it refers to the ways people thinking. I will say that people in this modern world are far more lazier than hundreds years ago. People don’t care to find out who they are; they don’t sacrifice tears and strength to achieve their goals. Most of them just follow the mainstream and do what everybody does, and until they lose themselves (they don’t know who they really are and what they really want). Then when people feel panic about this feeling of lost, they will try to find out what is going on, in form of complaining about everything. I don’t mean it’s totally their fault. But since we are the master of our bodies and lives, we need to be responsible of what lives we have.

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  53. Finding something you love to do should not be too hard of a struggle. Some people are over thinking the whole scenario. Instead of loving exactly what it is you do, you can love parts of it that make you happy, willing and motivated to do great work. I, for example, work at Chipotle Mexican Grill while I am going to school. And although I know I will not be there forever, doesn't keep me from wanting to do excellent work. I love the people I work with and I am good at what I do. That alone allows me to go and work 40 hours week with a smile on my face and leaving satisfied. At the end of the day, I am working for monetary gain, but it's not the paycheck that brings a smile to my face. It's watching the people I have trained and developed use the skills I have taught them to further grow and develop and further train other employees that keep me coming back to work. I was lucky enough to find a job where I love the people I work with and I love to watch them succeed. That is what makes me proud.
    If you find something that you can do that makes you proud, you will find what it truly means to love what you do.

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  54. I often feel conflicted about what career path I should choose. Do I want to "make bank" or do I want to enjoy what I'm doing for a living for a good portion of my life. When I look at it in this perspective the wise choice would be to do what I would enjoy doing as a career, but at the same time having a large portion of money at my disposal allows me to pay for the recreational activities I wish to participate in and purchase items of my desire without worrying about my financial income. However I wouldn't want to go into work dreading another day of sitting at a computer number crunching as an accountant when I could be doing something more meaningful that directly affects people and brings me joy at the same time. Ideally I would want to become a counselor because I enjoy interacting with others and for me to get paid to do this would be beneficial not only for myself but for others.

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  55. First and foremost, each individual has an opinion on what they deem as "lovable." I complete disagree with Jacobin when stating that DWYL separates workers. Doing what an individual loves is their own choice and action. Others do not affect what an individual chooses to do. This topic is very relevant to me, being that I am currently a college student. Before entering into college I felt it was important for me to choose a major that I took interest in and saw myself doing that line of work in the future. At any moment in life it is never too late for anyone to branch out and make the decision to do what they love. I believe that God has given each and every one of us a gift and that specific gift should be used to the best of one's ability. In life we may not all have equal opportunity, but nevertheless we still have opportunities that are presented to us each day. I encourage anyone to know and understand their God given gift, find a passion and "Do What You Love."

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  56. I am a firm believer in “doing what you love”. This phrase alone can be perceived both positive and negative, depending on the person and their views on what’s most important in life. Money or happiness? The career path I’ve chosen to go with is within the Film industry. It’s very fortunate that whether it’s screen writing, lighting, producing, or directing, I will have the pleasure of doing what I love and will make far above average of an income. Being apart of the film industry is risky business. Time, effort, money, and creativity (one of the more essential parts) are contributed in order to create a wonderful film. Giving people the change to relax from a hard day of work or school to view my creativity and enjoy it is what I find most appealing. Getting paid for what I love is just a bonus. Money may be a key essential in my line of work but once I produce a film people are willing to go out and see I’m able to make the money I’ve spent creating the film back plus interest. Waking up dreading to go to work is something I will not allow myself to do. Although, many are more than welcome to disagree with the way I may view things, my personal happiness is most important than money.

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  57. Do what you love and doing what you like are to different things, people don't realize they don't match, you might like to do something because you just like doing it. but doing what you love, you do it with all your might, because it what's makes you happy. people don't realize that doing what you love makes you calm, cool headed, because that's the thing you cant just stop doing. we should try as much as possible to distinguish between doing what we like and doping what we love. that could save us alot

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  58. I absolutely agree with the author of the article, and I've been preaching this for awhile now: DWYL is a totally classist thing to say. Not everyone can afford to do what they love. The sad fact is that some of us are going to have to take jobs in manual labor working for minimum wage (or somewhere around it) because there are no alternatives. The same goes for school. "Go for a major you love!" is another classist thing I hear a lot. I would love to go to school for Medieval Literature or Sociology but unfortunately I have to be able to make money in the future.

    Thankfully the career path I chose is something that I am both passionate about and a field that can help me earn a little cash. I'm going for a Psychology BA and then eventually a Human Sexuality MA. Both of these fields interest me so much, and hopefully one day I can take these degrees and become a sex counselor, helping married couples, young adults, teens, and the elderly.

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  59. I have never given that phrase so much thought. It's interesting to think about the other side of it –the people who don't get to do what they love. I think that it's always been this way and it probably isn't going to kill us, but it is unfortunate that some won't be able to experience that type of enjoyable career.
    I, on the other hand, am lucky to have chosen a career that I know I will love and I know is an important part of keeping society moving in the right direction. I'm glad that I so randomly fell in love with the idea of teaching because I don't have to feel guilty about not contributing to the world's progression. I know education is and always will be extremely important and it's nice to know I didn't have to settle.
    I also got lucky with with my love for teaching because my other passion, Art History, really has no outlets, and in the case where I would have chosen that (I was close to doing so) , I most likely would have only dreamed of actually doing what I love while in reality, I probably would have still been working an unrelated day job in my 30s.

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  60. This is a phrase that I've been hearing for about three years now. Many of my friends have either graduated from college and working somewhere that has nothing to do with their major. Also there are some of my friends who dropped out of college to "do what they love" because they felt college will always be there and why spend to much time studying and they're not sure if what their studying is something they want to pursue in.
    I believe that doing what you love make life a breeze and also it gives people the opportunity to make change in society. To do what you love gives you a chance to build a business of your own and it may benefit a different group of people. When you work somewhere that you have no intentions on really pursuing in it just becomes work. where ever I work I have integrity and open for all opportunities because it may open more doors for me. When looking for work, I look for a job that I would love working for so it does not seem like hard labor or I become trapped because I need the money. I believe people should do what they love, it may make society a happier place and in this era, many are pursuing in their dreams. While pursuing in their dream, some are smart enough to work a regular job in order to invest in their dreams. Go after what makes you happy and have no regrets.

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  61. I never put much thought into the phrase "do what you love", until I started "doing what I hate". I grew up with my family constantly pushing me to becoming a nurse, or maybe even a pediatrician. My family is old fashioned, they only believe you can make money as a nurse or as an engineer. I decided I would pursue nursing just because I liked the thought of making a lot of money and I liked helping others. So, I took the next step and volunteered at a nursing home. I hated it by the end of the first week, but there was something I did enjoy while I was in there. I really liked to watch whenever the speech pathologist came into the home to help the patients with their speech. It was so interesting and rewarding to watch whenever someone reached one of their goals. I started working in the special needs classroom at the end of high school and they said I was good with the students that they gave me a job as a substitute aide once I graduated. Every time I help a student reach one of their goals, I see the satisfaction that I saw in the speech pathologist. This is why I am still choosing between speech pathology and special education. I know they are both related and I love both of them. That is what is most important, to love what you do so you never feel like you're "working", but you are actually getting paid for one of your favorite things to do.

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  62. People seem to think money equals happiness. Yes, you can buy things that can make you happy but materials things only make you happy for a short period of time. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with material things but to base your whole life in achieving material things, you will never be fully happy/satisfied. Things that you cannot buy in stores are love, friends, a wish come true, happiness, time, and dreams. Achieving your dreams will ultimately lead to happiness.

    It makes me sad when I hear people my age saying they want a job that will make them tons of money. If I worked at a job just to make a larger amount of money, I probably would not give my greatest effort at work because my heart is not in it. “Do What You Love” (DWYL) is a phrase that, I believe, people should live by. I think DWYL, you would live with no regrets because you would be always trying your best and loving what you are doing at the same time.

    As for me, the career path I choose, I chose it because it is something I truly love. I want to become a Pediatrician. I am not wanting to do it for the money but because I love children. I have volunteered at hospitals and childcare; by combining both of these job descriptions, I figured out that Pediatrician is the corrected job. I think people that only want to become a doctor for the money would not have even motivation and strive to be in school for a while. As for me, I don’t mind it because I know my future career will be everything I ever hoped and dreamed it would be. Being money motivated is short term, but DWYL is long term.

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  63. I chose my career path by asking myself the question, do you want a job that pays well or that makes you happy every day for the rest of your life? My answer was that I want a job that makes me happy and that I can love for the rest of my life. I truly believe that everyone should have the right to chose a career that they want. Doing what you love is the key to success in my point of view. One is not successful until they are enjoying what they do for a living. However, it saddens me when I hear the words "I hate my job" or "I should have chosen my career". What these people strive for is money or to please others like their parents. This was me before entering college. I wanted to become a Nurse because they make good money and I wanted to please my mother by working in the medical field. What I then later realized is that I was the one paying for my tuition, studying, and taking my time on this career that I did not want. I had opened my eyes and changed my major from health science to my dream job since I was five years old which is in education to become an elementary school teacher. Now, I'm on the right path to success and I believe that everyone should do what they love. When you do what you love it doesn't become a "job" it becomes your life.

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  64. To be completely honest, I don't even know what career path I want to choose. I'm not sure what I even love to do yet. Before I started college, I already knew, well I though I knew what I was going to do. Get my kinesiology degree, then transfer to USC for graduate school and try to get my Ph'd in the same area. But now that I'm looking at all the aspects, I'm not too sure if that's what I'm really going to do. Science does not make me happy, although the money may. But I don't want to be one of those individuals who will later say in life "I'm tired of my job". But I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

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  65. I totally agree author's opinion. But, I have to say that the reality and ideal are not simultaneous because people always need to be responsible for family, for something more important than themselves, such as their kids, lovers, parents. "DWYL" is just a dream for me because my family gave me pressures that I can't just ignore it. So, I envy people who can do whatever they love, don't need to care about too many things. Money does not equal happiness. But, you can't do anything without money.

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  66. Sometimes I'm not quite sure why I am in the job that I am in now. I have to deal with lazy coworkers, grumpy patients and it completely tires me out. By the end of the day I want to crawl in a hole and die (not really, but it feels like it) and to be honest my paycheck isn't anything to brag about. But I accepted the job because I knew it would give me the self satisfaction of helping others and making a difference. I also knew that this would make me one step closer to fulfilling my want of beoming a nurse. I have always wanted to improve lives, and most importantly save them. It also helped knowing that the pay was great. I often say that not EVERYTHING is about money but unfortunately nowadays, thats what a lot of things come down to. In all honestly, and I know this sounds weird, but I have always dreamed of being a dolphin trainer. However, I knew that that was unrealistic. I had to think of the future. I know I want a family down the road and I want to provide them with the things they need. Growing up with little money, I know how hard it was for my mom to buy us clothes, food and the essentials. I just want to be able to support my kids and provide them with the oppurtunity of success. So I found a happy medium career choice. Something that I know I would love and also makes some money.

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  67. Finding a career that will help support yourself and your loved ones is something we should all strive for, however it is not easy. Most people will say “I’m going back to school” to earn that job they always wanted because they are not happy. The thought of going back to school is that college is a way to choose what you really wanted to do. However the problem is that college does not always offer the right tools or path to earn that career you always wanted. For example with school come loans, debt, and spending time studying instead of working full time making money. Doing what you love is definitely achievable but enough time deciding what we can and can’t do is important to prioritize before we attempt to start working towards what we love, in other terms the pros and cons of your situation. It is extremely difficult to work somewhere we enjoy today, because before we know it we are living independently, have bills to pay, have kids, and a full time job. In turn this leads to having this sense of comfort we cannot escape or cannot afford to escape. How can we risk choosing a different profession if I have to pay my bills next week? Money spent in school while not working can become difficult, long years in school or starting at low positions in the hierarchy of a career require long hours in order to advance. It is definitely something we all want to achieve in life, a career that rewards us spiritually and financially but there are times where we need to deal with the situation at hand. Who knows? Maybe we will end up enjoying the job that is paying our bills and supporting our family.

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  68. Sometimes doing what you love doesn’t always work out for you, but I do believe everyone should pursue finding a career that they’d like to do. In reality, many people have to settle for less just to put food on the table. That’s why I do believe that doing what you love is a privilege for the few, and why many students go for a career that will make them rich. So that later on they can pursue what they love, or have money for their kids to do what they what they want to do. The individuals that can get rich off doing what they love are the lucky ones. As for the rest of us, we have to settle into a career that can support a future for ourselves. For the many that do have to give up doing what they love I understand that sometimes doing what’s best for the future out prioritizes following your passions. But sometimes you can find something you’re passionate about in settling in a different career path, and that’s what I’m hoping for.

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  69. As a college student, my view in career choice is still leaning towards the financial outcome it will give me at the end. Being practical for me is the idea on how I chose the path I am in. People who have more experience than me and are more successful than me say that, whatever I choose, in the end, I will learn to love it.
    I really don’t know yet if the career I’m taking or the path I am in is really what I love. I actually don’t even know yet what I love to do and if what I am doing will love me in the future, financially and stability wise. I started as a nursing major, knowing that it will help me pay off my college loans and feed my family in the future. I took the classes I needed and I’m even volunteering at a hospital for almost a year now. Then I realized that, handling patients is not for me. The idea of being able to help others by giving care and comfort isn’t just for me. Although it is always good to take care of patients, I thought I could do it in a different way, without having to inject, see wounds and wash butts. So I switched my major to Clinical Lab Scientist which I really think I would be good at. I could stay in the lab and handle laboratory reports of patients. If the wind blows me someday to the path I’m really supposed to be in, hopefully, I will get to love it.

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  70. I am still a college student searching for the right career path for me. Before I started college I had decided that I would be an elementary teacher at my old elementary school and help around my hometown to those who are low income which is basically the entire town. I felt so passionate about making a change at the school and working with kids and their families, that I thought nothing would change my mind of choosing another career path. I would think I would earn so much money that I would be able to help so many people and give back to my community, including my family. It wasn't I started looking into elementary teachers' salary, that I have it a second thought. I didn't want money to stop me from doing what I love, but how was I going to be able to do All that I wanted to and getting paid so little? I would probably barely make it.
    After thinking that, I started looking into other careers where I would earn more money but, still enjoy it. It's hard. As of now, I am still confused about what I really want to do. It's very hard choosing a career that you feel you might not enjoy, but get paid well, and choosing a career you will love and get paid very little, or not enough.

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  71. The future career I chose is for the money and passion. Before declaring my major as a physical therapist, I planned to major in accounting like my sister. I thought that if I majored in accounting, I would make a lot of money and it would pay off my loans. When I started to look into accounting, I did not like the subject. It seemed tedious and dull. There were so many complicated calculations and concepts to understand. I asked myself "would I be able to do this kind of job for the rest of my life". If I didn't like the subject, I would probably end up not liking my future. Then, I decided to change my major to becoming a physical therapist. Becoming a physical therapist requires interacting with others and having some basic science knowledge. I thought that this major would suit me because I like studying science and being around others. Studying physical therapy is not only a passion for me, but it would also provide me a financially stable future.

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  72. When I am done with college I really want to become a teacher. Obviously I am not choosing this career path for money. I wanna become a a grade school teacher because I love being around children. I feel like their positive attitudes and the way they are care free is contagious. I could never imagine myself seating behind a boring desk all day with barely any human interaction. Everyone tells me that I shouldn't be a teacher because they get paid almost nothing, which I think is very sad because teachers shape the minds of our future presidents and doctors. But money doesn't drive me, I could make a lot of money and be miserable or I can teach, get paid an average salary, but be content and feel like I am contributing something important in this world.

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  73. Personally i feel that people should always do what they love. It makes every day life easier to enjoy and work feel less like a drag to deal with. of course even when someone is doing what they love there are going to be many times where there aren't as happy with their career as they would like to be. That's pretty much how life works, but looking at the big picture and the fact that this is what they truly want can help them get through those less appealing times. I agree that when you ask college students today why they chose their career path it's always about money, so they put themselves in majors that they don't enjoy. In my opinion, it is quite possible to have best of both worlds. I started off as a Nursing major, both because i wanted to work in a hospital with children, and because of how much money nurses make. When i was taking my classes i realized that i wasn't enjoying myself and i wasn't passionate about nursing so i changed. Now my major is Human Development (focusing on childhood and early childhood development), and Theatre Arts (focusing on acting). Of course this career path isn't going to make as much money as being a nurse would but i wake up every morning happy to go to my classes because i'm passionate about both children and acting. I do plan on this being a financially successful choice. My main dream is to open and very popular and well known acting studio/playhouse for children. it may take a bit more time and effort to do what you love AND make a good amount of money from it but i don't think it is impossible.

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  74. Extra Credit blog response:
    I absolutely think that the idea if “Do what you Love” is unrealistic and is for the privileged few. I don’t have as many years under my belt as most but from what I have observed in my 21 years life is messy and ridden with highs and lows. I don’t expect to graduate college and immediately land my dream job where I am truly doing what I love. Instead I expect to work my way up and earn it through grueling hours, countless coffee runs, and major networking. While your current job might not be doing something you love you can easily find an outlet outside of work doing something you love. For me knowing I will always have an outlet outside of school, which is long distance trail running, is comforting. No one can take away a passion and some people get paid to partake in their passions and some don’t. Life is messy and unfair but finding an outlet whether it be taking a second job where you’re highly under paid but love or spending your evening in front of an easel allows you to redefine the meaning of “Doing What You Love”.

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  75. I chose the painstaking path of becoming a nurse. I chose it because my mother wants me to, and also because I want to become successful. I may not love it now but I know that I will grow to love this job once I get there. School is extremely challenging, but we all have to sacrifice something somehow, and "DWYL" will come eventually. I know that with enough patience and perseverance, I will have the money and time to do the things I love when I am older. Being able to "DWYL" will not come easily for everyone. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs prove that "DWYL" is not only for the privileged, but also for those people who dream big and never give up trying to achieve that dream. It is for those ones who do not let a small comedown pull them from their goals and ambitions.

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  76. I guess I really fell into the DWYL mindset once I decided that music education was what I would pursue as a career and go to college for. I chose it because it felt like it made sense to do that since I didn't really think it would turn into a grind, which it hasn't yet as I practice and study daily. It all depends on the person maybe. People like repetition because it is comforting to them. Some like chance to change things up. If I were to be in charge of a classroom, I could easily have one year be ran one way and then change it up the next. What I want to do isn't a real laborious path to money. I am not doing physical labor or paining myself. Once I become a musical educator, a lot of the time I will be in a building with kids and show them how to make music. Music isn't what puts food on tables and it isn't what makes music. Labor is important and needed, but that doesn't mean some people hate the labor. To some, they are just grateful to have income that provides. DWYL can be for any type of job, not just what is easy.

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  77. The reason I chose to pursue a degree in Communications is because I would like to work in the entertainment industry. I would like to write, direct, and produce my own films someday. I chose this because I have passion for it and I would like to pursue a career that will allow me to enjoy my life. I have often been told, "It's very hard to get into that type of business." or "Are you sure your going to be successful?" at one point I did let comments like that get to me and influence my choice in what I want to pursue. It was not until I got a better understanding of the career by speaking to producers, screenplay writers, and directors about their experiences in getting a job within that field. I know for a fact that it is definitely not easy to land a job in this field, but it is something that I am truly passionate about and will work hard to achieve it. I do not want my job to be a something that makes me miserable, I want to enjoy every minute of it. Therefore, I would do it because I love it, not necessarily for the money.

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  78. There is a lot of truth behind the "Do what you love" statement. If you are not happy doing what you are doing then you wont get anything positive out of it. Being a second year in college I still dont know what career path I want to go on, but over the course of one year I was able to narrow down that path to two. My freshman year in college I decided that I wanted to be a business major; knowing all the work I would have to do, I became really discouraged . I am horrible with numbers, and I decided to pick a major that dealt with nothing but that. I knew I wasn't happy, and I knew that I wanted to make a change, but I didn't have the dive to do it. It wasn't until recently that I decided to look into other options for a future career. I knew I wanted to work in advertising as a business major, so I wanted to find something similar to that line of work. I spoke to my counselor and asked her what I should consider, and that is when she suggested communications as a possible major. I did some research and I found that I could still do advertising with a communications degree and do a fourth of the work to get admitted into the program. Once I made the transition between majors I felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders, and that I made the right choice. Now I just need to decide what type of communications major I want to be; do I stay on the business side, or more of the artistic approach? All I know is I am happy and content with the decision I made. As long as it feels right then thats the route you should go.

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  79. Being a college student, most of us have no idea what career we want or the career path we want to go down. Luckily, I found what I love doing. "Do What You Love" is something I have always gone by because I would rather be working at a job the I love doing than a place I dread. If you love what you do, it feels like you don't work a day in your life. I like how the blogger writes about Steve Jobs and what he says to fellow people about loving what you do will be a great success. Of course, not everyone is like Steve Jobs but we all have a passion for something and he wants everyone to follow your love. "And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." This is the final statement he says in his quote and it is words to live by. I am currently a pre-business major and I want to continue my career in the path of marketing and advertising but it wasn't until this year when I really narrowed it down. I chose this career path because I fell "in love" with my internship that I do. It's on campus and I intern with Athletics. Growing up, I played four sports and love being active so I always knew I wanted my career to be around the athletics. With this internship, I shadow our sports promoter on campus and get a feel for the ropes of things that she does. Initially, she promotes the sports games and plans every tiny detail that happens during the games with basketball, soccer, water polo, baseball etc. Many different forms of sports she works with and her goal is always to get people out and supporting our teams. I love what she does and worked with her earlier in the year when I was planning an event at the Women's soccer game for my sorority. I brought out about 50 people alone from what I did and she said "Kayla, come into my office anytime and I would love to talk about a few things." Immediately, I jumped on the opportunity and she offered my this internship. SNAP! This is something I love to do and I want to do it. I asked how she got to where she is and she told me. Now I am following in her footsteps so that one day I can be doing what she does for my career. Doing what you love will make you happy and others around you especially if you are passionate about it. People also get all worked up about I have no idea what I want to do in life or my major isn't what I want to have a career in. To be honest, sometimes you don't get what you want in the specific major you chose but maybe you will fall in love with what you do stumble upon. It will all work out. I chose this path for the love and passion I have for it but of course I want to make money.

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  80. I chose my degree for both reasons and because I want to make money doing what I love. If you are having trouble choosing a major I would choose something you like to do. I see so many people want to become a nurse or a doctor because they want to make money but how are you going to be of any help to your patients if you don't want to wake up to go to work because you don't like what you do? I also see parents forcing their kids to choose majors based on salary and I think that's even worse because you can always make yourself think about what you want but you can't always make parents understand that you want to major in art or theatre and not business or law.

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  81. After read this blog post, i totally agree with the blogger, is true that DWYL related to work or maybe all the things related in live, education also can be in the DWYL. From the blog, the blogger said work people speared into two different group one are passion, active,creative and other other group is the opposite repetitive. For me within the DWYL im the group the creative and passion on work if the job is interesting me will make me more active, but once i tired to do the something allover again i will become the opposite group being negative, people always change their mind and attitude so DWYL very fits our generation people, that is so true that people DWYL, not work, not go to school, they just do what they love or like to do without any consent. Why did i chose my career path,first i'm want to be a occupational therapy because i'm interesting helping people and will have passion on the job that i interesting and fun make me more likely to DWYL. For my career path will be with the love, money and interest on the job that i want to do that's DWYL.

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  82. After reading this article, I agree with the saying "Do What You Love" because you would enjoy it a lot more. I can relate this to my every day life especially now as a college student and searching for my career path. I am a big sports fan so choosing my major was easy because I want to be around sports because it is something that I love to do. It just makes it easier on me because if I do not enjoy it, then I would struggle but is I love it then I can be more successful because it is something that I love. This is why I agree with this blog.

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  83. For years all i've heard my family say is "you should go to school for medical, or technical because they always need more doctors, and more improvement on technology. That's where the money is." I felt a lot of pressure because I knew I didn't want to do any of that. My "Dream Job" is to work in a magazine firm. Have you seen 'The Devil Wears Prada'? or 'The Wedding Planner'? Yeah. That's what I would love to do for the rest of my life. Not give people shots, or figure out how to code a new website. I don't want to sit behind a desk my entire life hating myself because i'm stuck there. I want to live my life because majority of it is spent working, might as well love the job I'm in also. A lot of debates between career paths definitely have to do with money I'm not sure how to get to where I want, or how. I want to do what I love, and that's what I'm striving for.

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  84. I agree completely with what is being said in this blog. Many people these days spend so much time going to school to get into a career that will make them loads of money, but in the long run they aren't happy because they don't love what they're doing for a living. Personally, if I had to pick whether to make more money doing something I don't love as opposed to less money something I love very much, I would still go with the option of getting less money. My mentality is that I'll be doing this for the majority of my life so I don't want to be going to work just to be staring at the clock waiting for it to be time to go home. I would rather do what I love for less money than dread going to my job. I also agree with the statement made in this blog that there are two types of classes in the workplace: lovable and unlovable. I have seen this at all the jobs I have worked at (and there's only three). I can see who is just showing up and doing repetitive work for the money and those who come to be present and who are interested in doing creative work because they love it. It is sad that creative or "lovable" jobs tend to make more money, however I do feel as though everyone has the opportunity to put themselves in a situation where they can be whatever they want to be, as long as they work hard to get there. Lovable jobs should not be easy to acquire. Along with this, I do think that the amount of love someone has for the work they do does have an effect on how sufficient/good the work is. This goes for creative and non-creative jobs. For example, if someone working as a makeup artist has to do someone's makeup and they hate their job, the makeup won't turn out looking so good, no matter how much natural skill they have with it. As well as repetitive jobs, for example, a busser in a restaurant--the job is very straight forward but if the person doing it hates it, the quality of work will not be as good if compared to someone doing the same thing, but loves that job. Overall, I think that it is imperative that everyone gets into a career that they love, so that they will always have a good time and get paid while not even feeling like they are at work.

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  85. I agree with that many people don't usually get the job that they love. Majority of people hate their job and wish they can work somewhere else but its not always that easy now a days. I know some friends that are going to school and studying a career because their parents want them to study a field that will get them a high paying career. Their not doing what they love but simply doing it for the money. Everyone is infatuated around having so much money, cars and all the expensive things in life. People say they are working at a high paying job even though they hate it because they want to make the most money possible and therefore money makes people happy. I don't agree that money makes people happy because it's only temporary until something else happens and have to spend more money for more happiness. I am majoring in business and I chose my career because I love it. Yes, I might not know a lot yet because its only my second year in college but I can't see myself studying a different career. Accountants are paid good, depending where I am an accountant but I didn't do it for the money. Choosing a career that best fits my liking is why I choose to major in business and getting paid a lot is just a plus.

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  86. I've always wanted to be a nurse since I saw that my grandpa became sick. Being in the hospital with him and seeing how he was being treated made me sick to my stomach. He was not getting the care he deserved and was being treated unfairly just because he is an immigrant. This made me want to become a nurse who would take care of her patients no matter of their status in this country. People deserve help because they are people. I would be doing this because I love helping people and I would not mind the long hours and the sick patients with their worried families. I believe this career would not only help me become a better person but also be someone in life.

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  87. I thought I agreed with “Do What You Love” but after reading this post I’m starting to doubt it. I have never looked into what that expression means for everyone. I think I mostly believed it because that is the environment my generation wants to live in. We have strayed away from working a job to just be working. We are a more ‘loving’ generation, which is why I think most people nowadays are more motivated and strive for this. I think it is also for encouragement to live a happy life like one is perceived to live by others. I agree that DWYL is not for everyone. Coming from a low income community where people work to just put one meal on the table, I can see how this would be demeaning to some people. It sucks to see people struggle everyday in something they don’t love while their boss is doing what they love like Jacobin said. This is all making sense in my head now, how this doesn't apply to everyone and who it does apply to and what it is doing to our generation; I am really shocked for myself that I believed this. Not that it is a bad thing but I just didn't realize the background things that came with it.

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  88. When I was younger "Do What You Love" always came out of teacher's mouths whenever they tried to help us figure out our career paths. That's understandable now, considering they were trying to keep us in school, and get us excited for college. But, as you get older you realize that the "Do What You Love" mantra seems to make more sense for people who can afford to do that. People that come from a low income background don't have the luxury to study subjects that don't directly lead into a job. I'm actually a creative writing major, which seems to go against everything I just said. But, while creative writing is what I love to do, if I didn't have the support my family gave me, or I didn't think the program would give me the skills necessary to work in this field then I wouldn't have majored in it. When majoring in something like Art and Music, while it might be something you love, many students know that there's a large possibility that their degree will be viewed as useless, and they won't be able to get a job after graduating. It's a gamble a lot of people play, and it might seem like a brave thing to do, but it's also reckless, and there are a lot of people who just can't afford to play that game.

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  89. The problem is most people don’t know what career to pursue in life. Due to a corrupt system, people have a hard time deciding whether to choose a career that will either intrinsically or extrinsically benefit them. Most prefer having both but reality is that people often fall in only one category in which leaves most unhappy with their career decision. For me, I want to be an Occupational Therapist because I want both the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of helping others and myself. I want to be able to make a difference by caring for others, watching them succeed and watching myself succeed at the same time. And success to me is defined by the purpose I make in my life, to others as well as the lifestyle I create in which my chosen career will help me live. I believe that by doing what you love to do, money and purpose must be balanced. The quote, “Do What You Love” is hard to achieve especially in this generation where finding a career even after graduating college is difficult. Doing what you love is difficult because like mentioned, a person is lucky if they land a career that both intrinsically and extrinsically motivates them in becoming a better person. Ultimately, while there is luck I also believe that with the right perseverance any person can conquer anything in life.

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  90. Everyone should be entitled to chose the career that they desire. In today's world the only way to survive is with money so many often lose sight of doing what they enjoy and would rather peruse a job that makes a lot of money but they dread going to it everyday. For those who are skilled in what they love to do they should go and do it people should want to wake up and be exited to go to work. For example I love helping others I want to be a doctor that itself gets a wealthy pay but I would honestly be happy with a volunteering job in a third world country where I don't get paid much or even at all as long i am making a difference into someone else's life. I would be extremely happy with that because I know I would be making impacting in a positive way. However, for those who are not skilled in the profession that they want might have to suffer with something they are not too passionate about. The career that a person decides to pursue should not be determined by how much that profession makes.

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  91. Reading this article made me a lot more motivated to do what I love, no matter the pay. A lot of my friends are getting into the idea that money is everything, which is true in a sense, but shouldn't be taken so literally. It kind of disgusts me that people are willing to go their whole lives putting up with a dreadful job only because they are getting fat checks. Sure, it's nice to think about not having to worry about money or costs, but is it really worth being grumpy and stressed out all the time? I think about it like this: I only have one life and I want to do everything I can to make sure that I live up to my potential. To me, that means doing what I love and being joyful about everyday. I want to choose a career path that satisfies my artistic needs and lets me prove my abilities to the rest of the world.

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  92. After reading this article, I have realized I know what I love to do and I'm going to pursue it. Since a very young age, I have always wanted to work with children and adults with special needs, and physical limitations. It has been a passion of mine and I WANT to pursue that because it is what I love to do. Pursuing this passion of mine makes me feel joyous and excited to learn along this path. I want to choose a career path that makes me feel joy, happiness, and allows me the opportunity to share my talents with others.

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  93. DWYL: Do What You Love. What I love is literature and writing. I love the way I can use language to not only to express myself in simplistic terms, but the way I can make the words dance around your ear and blur your perception of me. But doing what I lve comes with a cost. Do you know how many times I have been asked, what do you plan to do with a degree in English? Or the, you plan to write and get paid for it? I mean realistically speaking, more than 50% of creative writers are unemployed, but why stop trying to reach my goal when I could be in the group of exceptions. But hey, I’m a strong believer in the whole YOLO motto. So I’ll take a stab in top the dark and take my chances.

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  94. Growing up, I always heard the saying, "doing what you love isn't always going to pay your bills". In other words, if you pick a career solemnly on the reason that you love it, it might not be the best choice to pick. You have think about other factors such as: how much are you going to make in a month, three months, four years, with this salary can you move out? I wish it was so easy to just pick a career just because you have a passion for it ,but you also have to remember about money and sadly money is more important in this society than happiness.

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  95. I've decided to go the medical field route while also pursuing acting, which is my second passion. Growing up, I've always had this dream of one day becoming an actress and all I wanted to do was go to acting school, but I always felt that I needed to have a backup plan and the thought of being in the medical popped into my head. I really found out that I wanted to be in the medical field after visiting my mom at the private practice she works at in Los Gatos. I loved the atmosphere and just seeing the smiles on patients faces made me realize that I also wanted to follow in my moms footsteps. The thought of being able to save someones life or just to be there to make a difference was always just an exciting feeling for me. That's when I decided that I was going to pursue a four year science degree then apply to a PA(Physican Assistant) program or med school. Of course money has a little to do with it, but in the middle of this, I haven't forgotten about my other passion; acting. I've been part of an acting school for about 5 years now and I currently have an agent in Los Angeles. This summer I plan on working at hospitals to get more patient care hours for my future career in the medical field and next summer I plan on attending New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. I believe that you can pursue more than one love.

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