Derive Enjoyment from Your Profession


Leonard Bernstein


True achievers love what they do. This does not mean that they like everything they do or that you similarly need to love what you do to become an achiever. One characteristic shared by many real top performers is that they often love what they do and derive enjoyment from fulfilling their task. However, often they feel a sense of obligation, a sense of duty, and an awareness of the call of duty.

Conducting an orchestra may at first sight seem to be the kind of profession that anyone exercising it must surely love, a profession predestined to be a source of enjoyment. ...

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