Jerry Seinfeld to Obama: I fell in love with the work
Did you watch Jerry Seinfeld's "coffee date" with President Obama? You really should. It's brilliant.
Obama asks Seinfeld how he dealt with the fame and fortune after he got insanely successful, and Seinfeld answers:
That is the key right there, to live a creative life, the key to succeeding, and the key to living a rich life, however that definition looks to you.
Fall in love with the work. Fall in love with the process.
If you want to write that book (as I do), fall in love with writing. With the work, it is to write.
If you want to blog, fall in love with the work it is to blog.
You want to get fit, fall in love with a type of exercise you find so fun and interesting that getting fit is simply an added bonus.
If you want to change your life in some way, fall in love with the change itself.
I fell in love with the work
I have fallen in love with being creative.
The work it is being creative, is what fascinates and intrigues me.
With painting in particular. I fell in love with the work, the act of painting.
I love it.
If the result is good, it's just an added bonus.
Jerry Seinfeld's explanation as to why he hasn't gone insane like many celebrities do is that he fell in love with the work.
It's the best advice you'll get.