Put those hours in and look at what you get
Nothing that you can hold, but everything that it is

from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Ft. Macklemore) – Ten Thousand Hours Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Another Gladwell nod. If you put in the work to something you’re passionate about, the result is going to be a trillion times more satisfying than earning a degree.

Following your dreams and pursuing your passion, rather than taking a more practical career path will not always bring the same financial rewards (“nothing you can hold”). However, by pursuing a passion, a person can achieve the same happiness and satisfaction that any amount of money could have bought (“everything that it is”).

To add to the great work you already have, “Nothing that you can hold” could also be referring to the fact that while you may not be ‘holding a diploma’, because you are “choosing love over a desk”, you can still make something of yourself.

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