The fallacy of “do what you love” is explored through socioeconomic and gender lenses. This is one of the best essays I’ve read in awhile.
“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.”
In the same vein, Cal Newport’s So Good They Can’t Ignore You will likely shift your perspective toward what it means to “follow your passion.”
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Another incredible essay about writing—not only the emotional and philosophical work of writing, but the nitty gritty just-get-it-done of writing, too.
“…writing your ideas down gives you a particular new ownership over what you do. It examines all the ‘whys’ of the job, turning entrenched habits into intentional actions… This is what crafting purposefulness looks like.”