Do The Work

Studies show that my generation has what some call an “entitlement complex.” We want and feel we deserve jobs and roles with great titles, but we do not want to do the work to get there or the work needed to do the job well.

I’ve always prided myself in being a person who gets done what he says he will do. It might mean I make less friends because I don’t say “yes I can do that” as often as others, but it also means I rarely let people down.

But this doesn’t mean I do everything with the same level of tenacity and passion.

I started reading a brand new book Do the Work by Steven Pressfield (free for Kindle for now) the author of the highly touted book The War of Art. In the book Steven dives into the subject of doing work all the way to completion while focusing on creative artists.

I’ve been looking forward to reading it because I see myself as someone (probably like many others) who completes a lot of things but not necessarily with my best. On passion Pressfield says:

“You may think that you’ve lost your passion, or that you can’t identify it, or that you have so much of it, it threatens to overwhelm you. None of these is true.

Fear saps passion.

When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottomless, inexhaustible well of passion.”

If I’m honest I think my fear is that if I give everything I have at one moment, I will have nothing left to give in the next moment, even though my experience says this isn’t true.

What is your fear which trumps your passion?