Do What You Love or DWYL has become the ‘mantra for today’s worker.’
This is an article by Miya Tokumitsu which looks at the negative impact that such a motto might have. I fully admit to falling for the Do What You Love culture and, while I definitely still do want to love my job, this article made me realise a few things:
1. It makes you think that if you are doing what you love then it should come easily, and takes away the idea that work is work. However much you love your job, to make it a success you still have to work damn hard and you might not love it at the time.
2. Passions can remain passions, and you might have loads of other skills and interests that might be better used in jobs. You don’t have to turn your No.1 passion into a job.
3. ‘Under the DWYL credo, labor that is done out of motives or needs other than love (which is, in fact, most labor) is not only demeaned but erased (…) Yet with the vast majority of workers effectively invisible to elites busy in their lovable occupations, how can it be surprising that the heavy strains faced by today’s workers (abysmal wages, massive child care costs, et cetera) barely register as political issues even among the liberal faction of the ruling class?’
Basically, don’t pin yourself to DWYL. If you think bigger than that you might still end up loving what you do.