The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Do What You Like And Like What You Do

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

June 4, 2008

The paper is full of people enjoying life, due to the fact they are actually doing what they love. Whether it was a life-long work with horses such as Jimmie Johnson, or becoming involved later in life in photography, such as Marlene McChesney, it seems like this is one of the major keys to success and happiness.

At my grand niece Cassidy Bell's graduation from Pella High School the end of May, a young lawyer provided three points during the commencement address.

1. Don't be afraid to take risks. Risks accompany success. Taking a risk was exactly the reason he was standing before them giving their commencement address.

2. Don't be afraid of failure. Failure is a part of life, and also accompanies success. Albert Einstein didn't fail 150 times when trying to make a light bulb, but found 150 ways it didn't work.

3. "Do What You Like, and Like What You Do." Don't let a job title define who you are. He tries to avoid telling those he has just met that he is a lawyer because "there is so much more to me than my title." He teaches Sunday school, he works with youth, plays the guitar, volunteers, is a bicyclist, a father and husband. His grandmother never had a title or higher education, but she always had a pie especially made when they came. She did what she loved, and loved what she did.