Do What You Love

Lately there's been much discussion about the merits and flaws of the popular phrase "Do What You Love." The Internet is ablaze with opinions of people taking sides – let's call them the DWYL Lovers and the DWYL Haters.

DWYL is popular on Pinterest. Go to your local mall and you'll find wall decals, decorative accessories, posters, wall art, and an abundance of DWYL knickknacks. So how did it happen that a seemingly benign, inspirational saying has become such a polarizing topic?

Miya Tokumitsu's article In the Name of Love sparked a heated debate with the following assertion: “DWYL is a secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment.”

Tokumitsu practically condemned the concept of choosing a career that makes a person (gasp) happy. And so, the DWYL backlash began.

I think it's safe to assume that Tokumitsu hasn't taken a Kuder assessment and her observations aren't based on career theory; regardless, it seems everyone from college professors to business experts and bloggers are weighing in, and few are neutral on the topic.

Do you consider “Do What You Love” words to live by, bad advice, or something in between? Read Dr. JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey's take on DWTL.

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Amy Khokhar

Amy Khokhar is a senior writer for Kuder and serves as editor of the Kuder Blog. She joined the company in 2008. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College. She is a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP).... read more