Sometimes, being happy to work is about
This blog is a fantastic example.
While I enjoy posting a few times per day, much of this probably has to do with the fact that I don’t have to do any of it.
Sure, I would love for 500,000 visitors a month to click on my site, but I don’t think that would change much of anything.
And when the results become inconsequential, we are free to enjoy the process.
If only the byproducts we cause were unimportant in a few other areas of life too…
One thing that makes a passion enjoyable is that you don’t have to worry about results. You can strive for triumph, or you can potter around, tinker, explore, without worrying about efficiency or outcomes. Other people may wonder why you’ve been happy to work on the same old car for years, even though it’s still not running, but that doesn’t matter to you. An atmosphere of growth brings great happiness, but at the same time, happiness sometimes also comes when you’re free from the pressure to see much growth. That’s not surprising; often, the opposite of a great truth is also true.
-Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project