“Love what you do” is a phrase paraphrased umpteen times to highlight the importance of passion, motivate the employees etc, and the ‘creatives’. These creatives are not just the designers but also the software developers and managers who are in quest of excellence and innovating their ways towards it, by their own means and in their own domain. The creatives always seem to be in a state of hopefulness to find their own ilk of people to get excited about the beauty, performance, and simplicity of their state of the art web2.0 applications, if we take the domain of the software apps 😉
With all the talk of passion, and loving what you do, and doing whatever you do with flair and excellence, I find the last month’s Paul Graham’s take on “The Top Idea in your Mind” poignant and relevant with respect to doing what you do. He stresses that the Top idea in your mind, that is what you’d think while in shower, is in fact the most important work you can reasonably expect to accomplish. And if that top idea is not directly related to what you love doing, or need to be doing, what you’ll end up doing will not be what you’d have loved to do. It’ll sap all your energy, effort, and attention! And this is what is found in the Corollary (and have tweeted about):
Avoid becoming an administrator, or your job will consist of dealing with money and disputes!
Now of course, this is applicable only for those whose top idea in shower is a task other than Administration. For administrators and certain managers, dealing with money and disputes will, in fact, be the top idea. But yes, for the designers, developers, and design managers I’ve often talked to, a nagging mail, or a helpless situation indeed can become a driving force for couple of days. It would be safe to maybe slightly modify the statement to
Avoid becoming an administrator, or your job will consist of dealing with meetings, charts and bug counts!
Interestingly, this sort of advice is not unique to the domain of software development. In the world of scientists – a world much older and more organized than software, the same advice is as applicable.