Choosing or changing a career is a major life decision that makes us ask tough questions about ourselves. “Our right work is just as important to personality wealth and growth as the right nutrients are for our bodies,” writes Sinetar. The often overlooked part of the “do what you love” formula is figuring out what you love to do. Do What You Love devotes time to helping you discover your fundamental livelihood and how this can lead to a rewarding position in your field of choice.
Sinetar refers to making the career choice as “Right Livelihood” and traces the origins of it back to the teachings of Buddha, who described it as work that was:
- Consciously Chosen
- Done With Full Awareness and Care
- Leading to Enlightenment
Although this may sound overly spiritual in the secular work realm, there is practical wisdom here for many professionals who feel alienated from their talents and their labors. The first description of consciously choosing is one that the book emphasizes. “By choosing we learn to be responsible, and by paying the price of our choices we learn to make better choices,” asserts Sinetar. This book does not advocate blindly running down a career path, but favors careful evaluation and planning.
Do What You Love uses techniques to help readers uncover hidden psychological barriers that prevent us from acting on our convictions and doing what we love. Fear of failure, the unknown or rejection are explored through real-life examples. The book includes haunting stories of people sabotaging their efforts to grow in their careers that will speak to people who feel they are not evolving in their professional lives.
Early in the book, the author states that the money may not materialize immediately and places less emphasis on gaining compensation than on having the courage to act. She states that “Those that are truly successful achieve not only because they love what they do and are good at what they do, they consistently achieve great things because they have the courage to act on their convictions.” Even in the current uncertain economy, striving for this consistency and acting on our deepest conditions is stellar advice for professionals who want to reach their highest potential.