Do What You Love (DWYL) is a mantra supported by many in today’s society. The basic idea is that an individual should pursue their passions rather than mundane activities that they have no particular interest in. The basis of this argument for doing what one loves is the pursuit of happiness that we are all entitled to as human beings. Like every ideal, there are supporters and those who reject it applicability to society. One particular supporter is Alain de Botton. In a TED talk done by Botton, he goes into detail about DWYL and what it means to be the “authors of our own ambitions” (Botton). This single quote alone exemplifies what I believe is the true meaning of DWYL. Through this quote, Botton urges individuals to choose their own dreams, and not to live out the dreams of others. Of course there are circumstances wherein some people may not have the luxury of pursuing a career that they love (poverty, culture, etc.). The beauty of this ideal is that it can extend beyond our work and affect other facets of our lives. There are so many factors that influence our lives, from our family, friends, and other social encounters we experience day in and day out. With all of this influence we still must be able to hold our own identity, and with that our own desires. DWYL doesn’t necessarily mean to drop everything and go rollerblading across the boardwalk like Slomo. Through DWYL, an individual can truly make their life uniquely their own.
TED, (2009). Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success. [video] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSE4rglxbY [Accessed 13 Nov. 2014].
Here is another TED talk by Scott Dinsmore who goes into more detail about finding work you love.