Episode 403 | Should You Love What You’re Working On?

Show Notes

In this episode of Startups For The Rest Of Us, Rob and Mike ask the question: should you love what you’re working on? The guys talk about this topic in the idea of balancing interests and opportunity. They also ask themselves the question and how it pertains to their lives and businesses.

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3 Responses to “Episode 403 | Should You Love What You’re Working On?”

  1. Where do you find the time to play D&D!?

    Rob, you say wanting financial freedom was motivating. Is that another way to say, “I hated my day job”?
    How far can not liking the cube and office get you in a startup journey? A comfortable paycheck is the enemy of great startup ideas, I am proof of that.

  2. Hi Rob and Mike,
    thanks for another great episode!

    When you guys talked about Love Vs. Opportunity I was reminded of the idea that it can take hard work to cultivate a passion. If I remember correctly Cal Newport talks about this idea in one of his books. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve noticed that there are a lot of things where you need to put in the work first, before you start to enjoy them.

    I am currently working as a software consultant and I remember that the reason I picked up programming in the first place was because as a kid I was into Video Games. Now many years later I really enjoy developing software, often more than playing any games. I think that’s true of many things – for example when you’re just starting with any kind of sport and you suck at it, it’s often not that great. But once you put some effort into it and you start to improve you suddenly “get” why people enjoy doing it, for example running or climbing, or even a boring workout. That also applies to good food and fine art – if you don’t know what you’re eating or drinking or looking at it’s kinda wasted on you.

    For me, I am not a born Entrepreneur like you guys – I was employed as a dev for a long time and I found all people and business related stuff utterly unenjoyable – it took me a long time to build up the courage to switch to self employment as a consultant and at first I felt really uneasy, but now I am enjoying working with different people and helping them. My next big scare is the much tougher product-based business and I am listening to you guys to figure out if I could enjoy the business side as well.

    Take care,
    Martin