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What do you do?

A detailed explanation into the question 'what do you do'

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Last Updated on 10 months by William

As usual, in our set of preliminary questions, this is next on the list. Usually, the reply to this question would be ‘oh, I’m a doctor’, or ‘I teach’, and such like. However, this question goes way beyond occupation or what one does for a living. If your purpose does not fuel your passion which in turn drives what you do, then you are not yet on track.

The question ‘what do you do for a living?’ does not imply what one does for daily bread or to make ends meet. You are not truly living if you are not living according to a purpose.

What drives you? What consumes your thought? What are you passionate about? What do you do? The verb ‘do’ is an action word that implies actively carrying out a particular task. Thus, the question becomes ‘what task are you carrying out?’ I am not here to talk about the race for entrepreneurship that everyone seems to be running today. I believe that not everyone will be entrepreneurs.

If everyone owned a business, who would work and move the business forward? Instead, I believe that the true entrepreneur is not one who owns his or her own business, but one who is living independently of people’s expectations and solely according to his passion.

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Thus, if your passion is working for a tech organization for example, where your talents can be utilized to the good of the industry, and you are pressured to open up a business as a proof of entrepreneurship, you are not truly an entrepreneur.

When is ask ‘what do you do for a living?’, I would like you to note the words ‘do’ and ‘living’. Can what you’re doing right now be translated into you living? Or are you merely existing, going through the motions, hoping that each day passes quickly?

Let’s examine this in another light. What do you do when you’re faced with pressure from work, and it seems your boss cannot understand that you’re giving your best? What do you do when you realize that you deserve a promotion for a long time yet it’s not forthcoming? What do you do when, after a stressful day at work, you come home to face more demands from your spouse and children? What do you do when it seems you’re being pulled from different directions until the rope is stretched taut? Or when you realize you’re at the end of the tether and one little tug might cause you to snap – hard? What do you do that gives you joy?

If after thorough examination you realize that you fit into one or several of the scenarios listed above, then you’ve got to admit that you’re tired of existing and you want to live. Now, stop to think – what do I want to do? Maybe it’s time to be a little ‘selfish’ right now.

Sometimes if you do not take time to figure out and sort out yourself first, you’d be of little or no help to those around you. You’ve got to save yourself before you can attempt to save others.

So, dear reader, next time someone asks you the question ‘what do you do?’, take a little time to think before replying. You might be surprised at the answer you find until we meet again.

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