Do What You Love.

Do what you love. It is a great principle to live by right? You hear it said often, usually from your mom or dad, wife/husband or friend. Sometimes its from a passerby, co-worker, or boss. How many of these people are actually doing what they love?

My background is in architecture. I worked for a firm in Dallas, TX / Bentonville, AR for 2.5 years. It was brutal. I stared at that clock everyday, waiting for it to tick 5pm, and I was the first to dart out that door. Did I work hard? Very. Was I there everyday? Yes. Did I enjoy my job? Heck No. Was I doing what I loved?  You get the idea.

Today I build companies. I design. I create. I build. I work extremely hard. I work extremely long hours. And for the past 2.5 years, I have never once gone to sleep saying, “I wish I was doing something else” or “I absolutely hate what I am doing.” Even when I was working as a graveyard shift stocker for Old Navy or an Administrative Clerk at the US Census Bureau, I loved it, because I was learning things that applied to what I loved. I gave it all I had, worked extra, and grew as a person, and made my self much more capable of doing everything that I love.

Not only do I build companies, but I help others build their companies. As co-founder and President of The Northwest Arkansas Entrepreneurship Alliance, I strive to empower aspiring and developing entrepreneurs with the confidence, support, and resources they need to be successful. Ask anyone who I have had the blessing to meet in person, and they will tell you that I am going to encourage you with all I got, to do what you love, if you aren’t already.

Today, I wear a bracelet. For the past 2.5 years, I have worn this bracelet.  It simply says: “Do what you love.”  I picked it up sometime ago, along my short journey. It is a constant reminder to do what I love. It is a talking point on occasion. It is a tool daily. And a resource every second for inspiration. It allows me to always question myself and keep me in check to make sure that I am always doing what I love. The moment that I am not doing what I love, I will be reminded and cautioned to figure out how to fix that.

I challenge you to find a way to do what you love. To take steps daily in order to do whatever that may be. We all have a direction we want to go in life; a life goal. What is yours?

I want to share my daily inspiration with you. I want to spread the message and offer that extra encouragement for you to do what you love. You will be asked about your bracelet, you will talk about your bracelet, you will reflect upon your bracelet.

If you would like a “Do what you love” bracelet, please leave a comment below explaining how you do what you love. Then to keep your address confidential, please mail your address here so that I can ship your bracelet as soon as possible.

Also, if you have the ability or want to, please feel free to leave a donation to cover the costs of production and shipment.  I currently have a few hundred.  While these costs are small, every bit helps spread the message through these bracelets. All donations will go to the creation and shipment of bracelets.

I thank you so much for your support, your help and your encouragement in helping me to do what I love. There are so many people who I owe this world to.

Do what you love.

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39 thoughts on “Do What You Love.”

  1. Josh,
    Good for you! It’s sad to think about how many people believe that misery in work in the expected outcome of life. We’re blessed with an abundance of opportunity and the barriers to entry to so many things are almost non-existent.

    As far as what I do I’m a Nursing Student and pizza delivery guy. I get to expand my knowledge, serve others and make a living.
    I love my life.

    Glad I came across this.

    Kelley

    1. I am happy you found my blog! I am so happy that you are enjoying every bit of life. You are right; so many people live a life hating all that they do.

      Keep living the life you love. If I can ever help with anything, let me know!

  2. Still trying to figure out what i love, harder than i thought.
    I love food, love movies, and love sharing the two with friends… so trying to find something that blends the three! haha

    Keep up the great work Josh!

    1. Thanks Ryan. I see you work. I hear you talk. However you define what you do, it is evident that you are truly doing what you love. If I can ever do anything, please let me know!

    1. David, you have been such an inspiration in so many ways. I look up to you and what you do. You are truly touching so many people’s lives. I can only imagine how many people you have helped to find what they truly love to do with their lives. Thank you so much!

  3. Sometimes circumstances may deter you from being completely dedicated to what you love to do but that’s one of the ways to really understand whether it is that thing.
    I am currently a student in Denmark, I have been working in different departments of the hospitality industry for the past 5 years. When you decide to move to a new place it is sometimes hard to see some of the bad sides. My university and my course are amazing but in Scandinavia if you don’t know the languages it is understandably pretty hard to find a job that allows you to have direct contact with customers. But it is just temporary. I have decided to help my family run a family tourism business while I study and I am looking forward to finding an e-commuting tourism related internship as well.
    So yes if you really love doing something then don’t give up whatever stands in the way.
    There is a will, there is a way :)

    1. Don’t ever give up. Ever. You have so much support. If you ever need anything, let me know! I will do whatever I can to help. Thank you for finding my blog and commenting. It means a lot.

  4. I hope. I create. I inspire… But most of all I teach.

    I love my job. I teach high school photography and yearbook. Each year I get the privilege to inspire young minds and build contributing members of society. Who wouldn’t love being part of creating the careers of tomorrow.

    I absolutely love the idea behind the bracelet and would be honored to help spread the message. I will most definiately wear the bracelet with honor.

    1. Heather, I am so happy you commented. Don’t ever stop doing what you love. Inspiring others and seeing them do what they love is a feeling that can’t be matched.

      Send me a message with your address and I will send you a bracelet and some extras for you to share!

  5. I wake up every day and go to work at Acumen Brands, a startup that not only has a true family atmosphere but also thrives on creative design ideas. I get to research and blog (www.brandonfryxell.com) about innovating our world and looking beyond what we see. Perhaps most importantly, I have incredible spiritual mentors that keep me grounded in my behaviors and beliefs.

  6. I am currently in the ‘I hate my job’ phase. It’s not really that I hate my job, its that I hate the fact that I am wasting 8 hours of my day working for someone else, instead of myself. I am however doing things I love on the side until I can quit my job and turn my side projects into my full time projects. The bracelet will help motivate me that much more while I am at my 9 to 5. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love working every day to combine my education and experience with 30 years’ worth of daydreaming. I love to create new things and discuss new ideas. I love using technology to empower progress. I love the challenge of creating something from nothing…

  8. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have a lot of health problems so there are a lot of days where it feels like everything is working against me and that I’ll never be able to accomplish my dreams. But this is very inspirational! It’s a wonderful reminder that as long as you keep doing what you love to do then everything will be ok. I love that. I would be honored to where one of your bracelets. I’m currently going to school so I can one day accomplish every dream that I have. :)
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and message. I’ll be sure to keep up with your blog. :)

  9. I dont know if i can say that I’m doing what I truely love. Although I do love my life and I love my job, It’s not
    My dream job by any means but for the most part I enjoy it. There are days where I wish I was
    Anywhere else but there, but all in all I can’t complain. I believe by wearing this bracket It will be
    A reminder to never settle for anything and to really look into what I truly love and strive to find
    It. Your story was an inspiration and now I can’t stop thinking about what I can do to “do what I love.”

  10. Josh,

    Thank you for this post. I think it is so important for people to be in a place where there can enjoy themselves and not be completely miserable. I was a banker all my life. From small community banks, to huge national banks, and everything in between. After 13 years, I left everything I knew to embark on a new adventure in a COMPLETELY unrelated field. I am now the happiest I have been, in as long as I can remember, learning something new every single day. Change sucks, and it isn’t easy, but generally the outcome is so worth it. Life is too short to hate any aspect of it.

  11. I am well on my way to Doing What I Love- my job now is providing the background to branch out in the next year.,

  12. Josh,
    After seeing yours and Megans Instagram posts about the “production line” for mailing your bracelets out, I just had to check out what it was about. This post is very inspirational and I look forward to reading more on your site.
    I “do what I love” in a couple ways. After changing my major several times during my first 3 years of college, I think I’ve finally found something I enjoy. Rather than putting my science degree to use and becoming a surgeon or physical therapist, I’m starting all over and am going to school to be an interpreter for the Deaf. It’s the first thing in a very long time that has pulled at my heart strings and I can’t wait to dive into it.
    Another way I do what I love is by the concert photography I do. No class, no work shift, no distance or gas price will ever stand between me and taking pictures of my favorite bands. I’m completely freelance with no intention of “making it big”, but I am completely in love with what I do.
    Thanks again for writing this. It really made me think and realize what I love and what I don’t.

  13. Awesome message – too many people are doing too many things today that they do NOT love and it’s a wreck on their entire life. Greay story – you have a fan in my and I would be honored to wear one.

  14. Josh,
    My son Nick Jones showed me your bracelet “do what you love” while he was home during the holidays… I do what I love! I knit! It is a modest income, but I do enjoy it! Thank you for your message! I would proudly wear your bracelet!!

    xoxo,
    Angela
    Annibananni Knits

  15. I, also, have an architectural background. Did it for 14 years but 2011 (and understanding the law of attraction) has totally changed my life over, I am now doing something that I really love – to make beautiful portraits and express myself more in form of art. I wish to do more in future, I never felt like this before… I’m happier…

  16. I am doing what I love by helping other people do the same; from high school students, college students to dislocated workers, and people who just need a change. I do what I can to help!! Love the bracelet!!

  17. Hey Josh, just stumbled upon this today. I work placing assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Most of the time I love it, but there are days that the politics are too much. I would love to wear one of your bracelets as a daily reminder for myself, as well as those around me, as a reminder of why I, and the rst of us, are here. And to continually check in and be sure I’m still in the right place for me. : )

  18. I absolutely do agree with this! For many years I did what was expected of me from everyone else, especially mom. After realizing that I was no where to being happy, I decided to stop trying to please everyone else and work o what makes me happy and do it. And I have never been happier, never! Would you mind if I put this on a t-shirt? *Naturally you will be credited* :)

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