June 12, 2012

Do you do what you like and like what you do?

I am a simple man, live a simple life and do simple things. I do what I like and like what I do.  I was painting my house recently and a neighbour saw me sweating under the sun asked me why I don’t just pay someone to do the painting. My point is simple … to hire a contractor to paint the house, I need a few thousand bucks. And to earn the few thousand bucks, I have to put on an artificial smiling face to please a lot of people (whom I may not even like), join the rat race and chase for the money … now, that is not what I like to do. So, I rather stick to the simple painting job, even though it is physically tiring, it is what I like to do … and I like the good feeling of accomplishment when it is done. 

So, at times it may not be all that rosy and cozy but it is something I like to do.

When I was working as a corporate manager, I went for business meetings, attended corporate events and activities in exotic places all over the world … flew business class and stayed in luxurious 5-star hotels. I was invited to classy social events, posh launches and exclusive shows and treated to gourmet dinners. My friends thought I have a good job and enjoyed it very much. Good job? Well, I put it this way … I am good at my job but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing it. I DID NOT … really, I am serious … I thought I did but I did not. I was so engrossed and obsessed with all the good and glamour, I didn’t realise that I was doing things I hate … to please people that I don’t even like.

 Now I travel on cheap budget airlines, visiting third world countries, staying at bed & breakfast houses, walking along busy streets and eating hawker’s food by the roadside … though not a bit glamour but I enjoyed it … I like it this way.

Be it cooking a simple meal, walking the dogs, cycling with my wife and kids or "blowing water” (chit chatting) with my good friends over a few glasses of cheap beers … now I am glad most of the time I am able to do what I like and like what I do.

Do you do what you like and like what you do?  Or are you so engrossed in the chase for all the good and glamour, you don’t realise that most of the time you actually do what you don’t like and like what you don’t do


Karen Theseira-Hall said...

I'm like you, buddy. I don't want to be rich; just comfortable enough to get the bills paid on time and have a few bucks leftover to have a good time. :-)

Stone Shiek said...

Yes Karen ... just enough will do. I am not impressed by how much one can make but I am surprised by how little I actually need :)