A couple of weeks ago I was in the fourth row at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City watching the pre-game warm-ups. I was sitting under the visiting team’s basket. Most fans had their eyes on Portland’s superstar, Damian Lillard. But the player that caught my eye was the seven-footer, Robin Lopez. Not because he was unusually tall, or because he had a distinct beard and hairstyle. I was drawn to him because of his demeanor.
I’m not sure how many saw what I saw in Robin, but it was very refreshing. It was evident that Robin had a love for what he was doing. Each shot that left his hand had a smile to go with it. He took hundreds of shots, from various spots on the court, and he loved every one of them. He joked with his teammates and you could tell they liked being around him.
Robin has a routine he does after every free-throw. He’ll turn and walk toward the top of the key and then circle back to the free throw line. He then takes both hands and tucks his hair behind his ears, wipes his fingertips off on his jersey, and then gets the ball and shoots. He shot dozens of free throws, doing this same routine after every one of them. One teammate stood next to Robin and jokingly mimicked his routine, trying to break his concentration. With every shot, he still carried a smile. It was apparent that he loved his job. That night, I became a fan of Robin Lopez.
Seeing Robin on the court practicing made me wonder how we look at our work. Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
When I began writing Calvin Sparks and the Crossing to Cambria, I re-discovered a passion for creative writing. I found that writing energized me. It filled my cup. It was my new hobby. It was something that I enjoyed doing and couldn’t wait to do it again. I wrote for the love of it.
Steve Jobs said, “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
How cool is that? To marry the things you do for work with the things you do for joy.
Look yourself in the mirror and ask, “Do I love what I do?”
If the answer is yes, then press on and keep creating. Your greatest work is ahead of you.