I never thought I’d be quoting the famously grumpy Lord Sugar on an emotional intelligence blog, but here he is:

You’ve got to be happy, it’s not just about making money and all that stuff. There should be no drudgery in work. You have to enjoy what you’re doing, and if you don’t, you’d better get out and do something else because you’re not going to be a success.
– Sir Alan Sugar (as he then was – now he’s a Lord) , interviewed by Liz Hoggard for the London Evening Standard,

Note for non-UK readers: Lord Sugar fills the Donald Trump role in the UK version of The Apprentice, and it’s riveting viewing!

Inspiring quote: Alan Sugar (!) on doing what you love

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  • This is so true. But it is not always as simple as taking a hobby and turning it into a business. True, you’ll be doing something you enjoy, which is much better than a drudgery…but you might destroy your hobby turning it into a chore.

    I suggest two criteria for work that makes you happy. First, that it be consistent with your values (why I refuse jobs from cigarette clients and students who want term papers written, for example). And second that the work atmosphere meets your personality. For example, I work great doing my own thing, even within a team environment, but I would not work well on a project where minute-by-minute collaboration is required.

    Of course, each case is different, but as a generalization it is best to make sure that both work and hobbies can be enjoyed.This is so true. But it is not always as simple as taking a hobby and turning it into a business. True, you’ll be doing something you enjoy, which is much better than a drudgery…but you might destroy your hobby turning it into a chore.

    I suggest two criteris for work that makes you happy. First, that it be consistent with your values (why I refuse jobs from cigat=rette clients and students who want term papers written, for example). And second that the work atmoshphere meets your personality. For example, I work great doing my own thing, even within a team environment, but I would not work well on a project where minute-by-minute collaboration is required.

    Of course, each case is different, but as a generalization it is best to make sure that both work and hobbies can be enjoyed.

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