Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I call BS.

Confucius said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I call BS.

Do you think Peter Jackson looks back on the making of the Lord of the Rings and says to himself well there was no work involved there – none at all – just Hobbits and good times. No, that doesn’t sound right. For awhile I was a singer in a rock band and I loved it. I was once recognised in a supermarket at Northcote plaza after they had seen my band on channel 31, this gives you some gauge of the heady level of success we reached. Now, I only ever lost money being in a band so you couldn’t call it a job but you know what, it was more work than what I do now. Rehearsing until midnight in rooms that smelt like old socks and grated cheese, lugging gear through airports and down alleyways, begging people to let us play at their venue or on their radio shows. I loved it but it was work, hard work that didn’t pay. During this time I had part time jobs, then I made a choice to try full time work and give up on the dream of rock stardom. I thought the misery may be dulled by the fact that I would be able to afford this fancy Melbourne coffee everyone was always going on about, but it turned out to be much better than just coffee (not saying that coffee isn’t great).

For me far better advice is “Find the love in the job you choose” because at the end of the day, you choose your job, regardless of the reason, you choose it and it makes sense to look for the joy.

I’m lucky, I work with a great bunch of people who make me laugh every single day. We share a common goal and have fun whilst working towards it, we all treat each other with courtesy and respect and manage to fit in the occasional dance off – our managing director can do a 360 degree jump from a standing position! I love that not only do I know this but I have seen this demonstrated on more occasions than I can count. I love the connections I get to make with new people and the amazing hard working and talented teachers and social workers we get to meet. I love that we all share common values and listen to each other and change and grow together.

I don’t want to say I am smarter than Confucius but on this one I think I’m right.

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