This Inspirational Quote Absolutely Drives Me Up A Wall

Before I start my rant, know this: I love inspirational quotes. 

As I sit here writing this post in my office, I have a full view of my quote gallery wall. Despite some calling it “inspiration porn” I’m on board with the thousands of motivational quotes you can’t help but stumble upon these days as you scroll through Instagram or Pinterest.

Words have power, and I wholeheartedly believe that quotes can transform a bad day, boost a mood or change an attitude.

However, there is one quote I absolutely cannot and will never be able to get behind. It goes like this:

“Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

(*Shudders* Just typing it makes me feel all gross inside.)

To be frank, this quote is complete and utter bullshit. Here’s why.

Ever heard the quote "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life." Here's why this so-called inspirational quote drives me up a wall.

Yes, I’m doing what I love, but it is still hard work

I count myself lucky because I get to do what I love. After all, I quit a 9-5 job doing something I wasn’t super passionate about to start my own business.

Living the dream, right? Well…sort of.

The truth is: Work is work, whether you love it or not.

Even though I enjoy what I do, and as the CEO of JL&Co, I make the rules, I still:

  • Deal with tricky client situations.
  • Experience failure (like when I lost what I thought would be a dream client).
  • Wake up some mornings and would rather do anything than sit my butt in my chair to work.
  • Procrastinate.
  • Go through periods of burnout.
  • Have moments where I think it might be easier to just go back to a day job.
  • Sit in meetings.
  • Sift through endless emails.

There are days that are amazing, days that are hard and days that flat-out suck. Really, just like any other job.

So yes, I love what I do, which is an amazing feeling, but it most definitely still feels like work each and every day.

Sometimes doing what you love means losing sight of your passions

When I quit my job, I proudly wrote in my announcement blog post:

“I’m creating a career of my own choosing — a career doing all of the things I love.”

In theory, that kind of career and life sounds incredible. However, I never realized this same sentiment would also turn into one of my biggest struggles. 

Here’s something I didn’t expect when I started my business: I turned my passions (blogging, teaching yoga, social media) into my job, and suddenly they didn’t seem as fun anymore. 

So while I get to do what I enjoy, at the same time, I had to find new hobbies — hobbies that weren’t attached to my career or potential income. I sought to find something I enjoyed doing, but didn’t feel pressure to excel at or earn a living from.

It’s definitely not a bad thing (Hey! Now I like golf and weight lifting!), but this was an unexpected consequence of having the opportunity to “do what I love.”

When you do what you love, you tend to work harder

Since starting a business, I’ve worked harder than I ever have in my life.

Because JL&Co? That’s all me. If it fails, I’m the only one that can be held accountable. The ability to pay my bills and live my life depends on the success of this business.

So because of that, I find myself working longer hours and harder than I did before. 

That’s OK, because I often enjoy the work I’m doing, so that makes my day more pleasant, but it’s still hard work. I find I pour more of my heart and soul into this work because I truly feel attached to it.

If you do something you love, I guarantee you’ll work harder than you ever have before — because you’ll care 1,000 times more.

The danger behind quotes like this one: You don’t always get to see the behind-the-scenes of what success looks like 

If you follow any influencer, entrepreneur, fitness expert or motivational speaker on social media (Instagram, I’m really looking at you), you know how easy it is to get sucked into their world, and start making assumptions.

I find myself guilty of it from time to time too.

You don’t always see the full picture, so it’s easy to throw out quotes like this one in question.

Here’s a great example: Take my friend Helene, the travel/lifestyle blogger behind the Helene in Between blog.

If you only followed her on Instagram, you might see photos of her traversing Europe and think, “Wow. Lucky her! Wish I could travel the world.” (Helene has actually written about this very assumption before). But what you don’t see — and what most content creators don’t choose to show you because it’s boring AF to watch — are the hours of hard work that go into running a successful blog or running a business.

Do you want to see photos of Helene in her apartment writing a blog post or do you want to see her soaking up the scenic views in Greece?

Always assume there’s more to the story that you don’t know —  and more work going down behind the scenes than you get to see.

Yes! Go do what you love

Don’t let this post discourage you. Please — do what you love and chase your dreams. There’s really nothing better in life than that.

But as you chase those dreams, don’t let fluffy quotes fool you into thinking it’s going to be easy or that you won’t have put the work in along the way. 

You’ll be working, but working with a purpose, and to me, that makes it all worth it.

What do you think? Am I taking this too far or do you hate this quote as much as I do? Is there a quote that drives you up a wall? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Insanely Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs You Need to Follow Right Now

Need a little inspiration to try something new or to step outside of your comfort zone?

Take a note from these five seriously gutsy ladies — women who run their own businesses, host podcasts, manage viral Instagram accounts, travel the world, empower women — women who are making a difference. 

Running a business alone isn’t easy, and I often look to friends and fellow entrepreneurs (and yeah, I’m biased but I’m extra inspired by my fellow female biz owners!) when I need a little inspiration of my own.

These women (and many, many more not on this list!) motivate me on a daily basis to push harder, to hustle, to put self-care first, and most importantly, to pursue big dreams. 

Here are five insanely inspiring female entrepreneurs you need to follow right now.

1. Crystal Richard, Founder of Crystal Richard & Co. and Sandy Toes Shop

Photo by Tara Geldart Photography

Where do I even begin? Crystal is one of my business besties — we have biweekly Skype dates to chat all things business and life, holding each other accountable for our big goals. 

This lady is killing it with her communications consulting business. I’m constantly blown away by her annual income goals and ability to land clients that trust her do to their most important storytelling and public relations 

Oh, and on the side, she runs Sandy Toes Shop, an online apparel shop for “anyone with saltwater in their veins and a love of the East Coast of Canada.” Can’t say I’ve ever been to the East Coast of Canada, but can say I’m obsessed with all of the goodies at Sandy Toes.

Plus, Crystal is simply one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Seriously. Go befriend her on social media right now!

2. Erica Mandy, Founder and Host of theNewsWorthy podcast

Photo courtesy of Erica Mandy

Erica Mandy is leading a movement — a movement to enjoy the news again.

A former broadcast journalist, Erica quit her dream job working as a reporter at CBS in LA to start a podcast in 2017. Tired of hearing that the news was too depressing, boring and and time-consuming, Erica started theNewsWorthy to deliver news in a new way — fast, fair, fun and on-the-go.

The show (which lasts between 6 and 10 minutes — see, told ya it was fast!) comes out every Monday-Friday. It’s the first thing I listen to while I putter around my apartment and enjoy my coffee each morning before starting to work.

I recently interviewed Erica for a forthcoming article for The Penny Hoarder, and was incredibly inspired by her willingness to take a big leap into the unknown. I also seriously admire her hustle. She lives on the West Coast, so she often records super late each night to ensure the news is as up-to-date as possible when it releases on the East Coast at 3 a.m.

3. Alexis Rose, Founder of the Alexis Rose Experience (ARX)

Photo courtesy of Alexis Rose’s Instagram 

Want to learn to dance like Beyonce? Look no further than Alexis Rose.

Alexis Rose and I first met when we bonded over our love of super sparkly workout pants…and then two minutes after that experience, she kicked my butt in a BarreCardio class.

I met Alexis when she taught dance and barre classes at the gym I belong to, but since then she’s gone on to make a serious name for herself throughout the region as an insanely amazing dance teacher. (Uh, hello,  she once toured as a backup dancer and choreographer for artists like Ciara, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Trey Songz among others.) 

Alexis is hard to ignore these days because she’s doing a fantastic job showing off her skills and telling her story to news outlets all over the Philly area! Besides her serious dance skills, Alexis is a motivational speaker, and let me tell ya, she is motivating!  

I’m personally a big fan of her Instagram videos/stories from the many classes she teaches each week. 

4. Helene Sula, Blogger behind Helene in Between

Photo courtesy of Helene Sula

I discovered travel/lifestyle blogger Helene Sula of the Helene in Between blog right around this time last year through Pinterest (just one of the many social media sites Helene is slaying these days, though my favorite place to follow her is Instagram).

As I was preparing for my trip to Ireland, perusing Pinterest for itineraries, I came across Helene in Between. It’s been YEARS since I’ve binge-read an entire blog in one sitting, but I think I spent the rest of the evening on Helene’s site, drooling over her beautiful travel photos and soaking in all of her excellent advice on blogging, social media and storytelling through travel. 

I was lucky enough to interview and profile Helene a few months back for The Penny Hoarder — did you know she earned $200,000 from her blog in 2016?! Killing. It.

5. Binh Nguyen, PR pro and founder (aka Sushi Queen) of Philly Sushi

Photo courtesy of Binh Nguyen

Binh and I met two years ago when her smiling face sat in the front row of the Advanced PR Writing class I taught at Temple University. 

Little did I know that Binh, who was a senior at the time, was already well on her way to media success, and could definitely teach me a thing or seven!

She is the “Sushi Queen” behind the viral Instagram account Philly Sushi. With more than 34,000 followers on Instagram, Binh has created something truly special that has landed her media coverage of her own all over the Philly media circuit.

Always the go-getter, Binh served as the keynote speaker at Temple’s graduation in 2017 (her speech made me all teary-eyed!) and by day, she works in PR for Flackable.

Tell me! Who are some of your favorite female entrepreneurs? Let me know in the comments below.

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