Warren Buffett, arguably the greatest investor of our generation, is also a champion of personal growth and professional development who has shared a surplus of career and success tips.
Buffett’s best advice, in my opinion, is especially applicable in light of the global pandemic. Many business professionals and entrepreneurs have taken a financial blow to their wallet this year, with scores more pivoting to new career options unimaginable before March 2020.
Enter Buffett, who once said, “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.”
Do what you love with people you love
Do we ever think about that as we go through the daily remote grind of screen-fatigue and digital burnout? We work our butts off managing this once glorified “work-life blend” and realize that we are still exhausted — as both professionals and as parents — even though we cut our commute time to the office down to ten seconds.
Despite the perks of working from our favorite recliner in our pajama bottoms, we may soon realize that we still have this paycheck-to-paycheck existence working for a job that we are dreading, and for a boss and co-workers who don’t really value us as a human being.
All of that can change if you actually loved your work and the people with which you work.
A moment of truth: How many of us can actually admit that we wish we were doing something else–something we actually loved?
Buffett has highly esteemed company in his interpretation of true success. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, gave this advice as his own recipe for personal success: “Do what you love, and put your whole heart into it, and then just have fun.”
The reason so many of us aren’t “into” our work, according to Cook, comes down to passion. We haven’t found that sweet spot at the intersection of doing something we are passionate about with something that is in the service of other people. Something very compelling that will get us up in the morning.
Finding that intersection is what will pave the way for a happy and fulfilled life. I say this because doing what we love is a major contributor to our happiness as humans.
‘Happiness is the key to success’
World-renowned philosopher and physician, the late Albert Schweitzer, once said: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
And when you’re happy, you’ll become more motivated to succeed by putting in more time to get work done — work you actually enjoy doing.
The difference is that you do it because you want to, not because you’re taking someone else’s marching orders and working on their behalf in the name of profit — their profit.
When you love what you do, you have an intrinsic desire to be more productive because you believe in what you do and the difference your work makes in the lives of those whom you serve.
Getting back to Buffett’s original point, when you love what you do, it just doesn’t feel like work. As an entrepreneur, it makes it that much easier to get through the ups and downs of the business. And since you are your own boss, you can motivate yourself to reach your fullest potential. And when you do, success is just around the corner.