Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. – George Halas
What does that mean?
Have you ever been doing something you really enjoy, then suddenly realize that you’ve lost track of time? This is what I believe the quote is talking about. It can be done watching TV, playing games, working on a project, and even manual labor.
When time is dragging, when it seems to take forever for the second hand on the clock to tick forward to the next second, that’s the other side of the quote. In this case, you really want to be doing something else. Time seems to take forever to move forward.
If you’re doing something you love, is it really work? Even those things you really enjoy, but don’t necessarily love, they count, right? I believe they do, because you aren’t thinking you’d rather be doing something else.
Why is passion important?
Passion, to me, is what this quote is about. If you love what you are doing, then you don’t want to be doing anything else. Therefore, per the quote, it’s not work. Whether it’s football, the arts, your job, or anything else, if you are passionate about it, it’s not work.
Think of the times you see people truly enjoying themselves while making a living. Athletes, photographers, actors, painters, and even computer programmers have been known to enjoy themselves so much that they completely lose track of time. Time being consumed by passion, it’s a beautiful thing.
Where can I apply this in my life?
What things do you truly love to do, things you enjoy so much you can’t really think of anything else you’d rather be doing? Yeah, there are a few silly things that could be mentioned, sleeping, eating, watching TV, perhaps a few others, but let’s stick to things that can be done for a living.
At one point, I wanted to play football as a career. I was in Junior High and could run fairly fast and was fairly good at chasing people down. Being from the Chicago area, I wanted to play for the Chicago Bears. However, when I started my growth spurt, I grew too fast, and contact sports were ruled out by my doctor.
I still enjoy watching the game (and yelling at the TV – hey, perhaps I could be a coach), but that’s as far as I’m going to get in that pursuit. The passion is still there, as I can completely lose track of time while watching. And while I’m watching, there is rarely anything I’d rather do.
What did you come up with as the things you’d truly love to do? Think through them and pick three or four that you really like. Try to spread them out so you don’t have all of them be sports, or all artistic endeavours. This way, if you ever get frustrated with one, or it’s not a good time of year for it, you have others passions to fall back on. Grab some paper and write them down.
Take a moment and consider how you might make your passion your vocation. The quote was by a football coach/owner/player, presumably talking about his players and their love for the game. How can you make your passion pay as a “day job?” What steps might you take between here and there?
If your passion is to be a star in the music industry, how will you start? In the standard cliche form, you get a band together, practice in someone’s garage or basement for a couple months, start playing for free in a local bar, then start working your way up the circuits.
Then it’s just a matter of time before you’re discovered and become rich and famous. Unless you starve first. Keeping a day job could work for most of the path, but at some point, you may have to choose between eating and playing.
What if fame and fortune aren’t your passion, but the music still is? Consider how you might pursue your passions in a manner that still allows you to make a living with another job. What can you do to get that to work, what steps are required?
My dad loves to sing, and spent quite a bit of time in Barbershop Quartets and singing in musicals with the local drama group were we lived. That allowed him to keep his day job and still do what he loved to do.
Go back to your list of passions and consider if any of them are your life’s calling, or if they are fun things to do on the side or in your spare time. It’s up to you how you want to pursue your passions. I would recommend you put that paper somewhere where you will see it on a regular basis, so that you can start living your passions.
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With the Super Bowl just around the corner, I thought I’d send a Birthday shout out to Papa Bear, who was born on this day in 1895. His passion, enthusiasm, and work ethic are as important to today’s sports as they were back then.