Writing and Sharing Your Work as Labors of Love by Michael LarsenThe only way to do great work is to love what you do. – Steve Jobs

Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. –Marie Kondo, the life-changing magic of tidying up

At their best, reading, writing, agenting, editing, publishing, reviewing, and bookselling are labors of love. How can you tell if what you’re doing is a labor of love?

You aren’t aware of time.

It’s challenging.

It’s creative.

It gives you pleasure and satisfaction.

You feel you were born to do it.

You do it in the spirit of service.

It brings out the best in you.

It gives you peace of mind.

It has social value.

There’s beauty in it.

You return to it without prompting.

It enables you to grow.

It helps you fulfill your potential.

You don’t regret it.

You feel you’re creating a legacy.

The Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran wrote that “Work is love made visible.” May your life be a quest to do more of what you love. May it be filled with the spirit of love and community. May you find what you love to do so much you’d do it for free, and then create a way to earn what you need from it.

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