Tag: passion

…and doing what you love

The single best piece of career advice I ever received was from my former boss.  At least, I remember it being from him.  It could have been from a book as well.  (If you know which book this comes from, leave me a note in the comments, okay?)  But let’s assume it was my boss.  His advice was that you should figure out what that one thing is that you would be willing to do every day, even without pay.  Then you figure out a way to make money with it.  Of course then I quit to try and follow his advice, so I’m pretty sure he regretted giving it to me 😉 Continue reading “…and doing what you love”

On loving what you do…

I went for a walk this morning.  Both my studies and my writing are frustrating me to no end at present, I haven’t been sleeping well and I’m starved for human contact.  Walking rather than working seemed warranted.  Usually I walk to the shops when I need to get out of the house, in a straight line with a clear purpose in mind.  This time I followed my feet.

My wanderings took me to a second-hand bookshop – the only one in my town (sad thought, isn’t it?)  It’s not a very big bookshop.  They don’t even arrange their fiction by genre (except for romance which has a whole wall for itself – guess that tells you all you need to know about my town).  They do, however, have two sections for English fiction. Continue reading “On loving what you do…”

On Passion

“To play without passion is inexcusable” – Ludwig van Beethoven

I know.  I’ve not written anything in more than two weeks, but I have a valid excuse, promise.  For once I have not been procrastinating.  For the past two weeks I have been working on my novel, though this last week would be more accurately described as staring with growing frustration at a computer screen that spitefully refuses to fill up with words.  Still, I’m almost done with the first chapter and already have more than 3 000 words on paper.  Not bad for two weeks, is it?

What does that have to do with the Beethoven quote above?  I want to paraphrase Herr Beethoven and say to live without passion is inexcusable. Continue reading “On Passion”