Taking My Hacks

Giving Thanks to the Hobby

Joe Orlando

On the heels of writing an editorial about some of the things that drive me crazy in this hobby, I thought I would switch gears and express just how fortunate I feel to be able to work in a hobby that has been so good to me. Don't get me wrong, work is still work but most people don't get the opportunity to work in an industry that they enjoy... one they would enjoy without receiving a paycheck.

I am sure you have heard the saying before, which goes something like, "If you love your work, it doesn't feel like work." There are similar sayings about how in order to really excel, at anything, you have to love what you do. Well, while I can't say whether or not I have personally excelled at anything in my life, I can say that agree wholeheartedly with those sentiments.

When you can take genuine passion into an endeavor, it makes the tasks associated with that endeavor enjoyable. For example, if you listen to boxers who truly love the sport talk about the brutal training that comes with the territory, they don't dread it... .they love it. The same is true for actors, scientists, writers, singers, artists and businessmen. They often love the craft, the creative outlet, the challenge and subject matter.

In my lifetime, I have learned that most top dealers and auctioneers feel the same way. They didn't just end up here by chance and reach their level of success on accident, they really love this stuff. I feel the same way. We all may be drawn to the hobby for different reasons but it is that love for what the hobby has to offer that drives individuals.

Now, there are those who are driven by money, but those greed-obsessed subjects are usually exposed for what they are at some point in time. I am talking about the passion that drives people to want to go to work each day, not just because they have to feed and clothe themselves out of necessity, but because they thoroughly enjoy the work that lies ahead. That doesn't mean there are no bad days, or bad weeks for that matter. We all have those no matter what we do for a living.

It's like any relationship. No matter how frustrated or upset you might get, if the passion is still there, the relationship is worth fighting for. That passion keeps people going in every facet of life ... personal relationships, hobbies and careers. That being said, the reality is that most people do not feel passionate about what they do for a living whether it is a result of their own choices, a predicament they find themselves in or due to the lack of opportunities made available to them.

I can say, without any hesitation, that I love working in this industry. I don't love every person in this hobby or every task I have to do each day but, at the core, I am passionate about the endeavor, the subject matter and the opportunity to help others. I get to handle collectibles that belong in museums. I get to meet people from around the world who share the same passion for the material as I do. I get work with people who care as much as I do about doing things right.

As 2011 comes to an end, I feel grateful for what I have. I don't feel lucky because I don't believe in the concept of luck but I do feel a deep sense of satisfaction. Each day, I get to be a part of something I feel passionate about. That feeling, I do know, will never change.

Never get cheated,

Joe Orlando

Joe Orlando
Editor In Chief