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"How to do what you love": An essay on finding goals and discovering what things you really enjoy doing.

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  1. koan Link
    This was a great read. It resonates a lot with my philosophy of work. I urge everyone popping in here to read it. I think you can do anything you want, but you can't do everything. You have to...

    This was a great read. It resonates a lot with my philosophy of work. I urge everyone popping in here to read it.

    I think you can do anything you want, but you can't do everything. You have to make decisions and sacrifices to achieve your dreams. You have to decide what it's worth to you. For example, if you want to be some kind of working artist, you have to understand that the money isn't always there. And for that reason, you may have to give up the dream of living in a big house or starting a family or having a fancy car. I think people know this logically, but they don't realize it in practice. And that can get people into trouble, or make them bitter.

    I think if you want to really feel fulfilled, you need to make and do and create. Graham mentions this in the article when he says "always produce." No matter what your interest/passion is, you will feel a lot more successful and fulfilled if you're making the thing you like, as opposed to consuming it. We obviously live in a culture that pushes consumption on us. That's how others make money off of us. We consume what they make. But you can just as easily become the maker, and have others consume your creations. Focusing your life on consumption--buying the house, the car, the stuff, whatever--will only lead you to see that those things will never be enough. There's always something newer, better, bigger to consume. Hop off that treadmill as soon as you get it into your head that it's not the answer. Hop off of it today and focus on creating, doing, making.

    People get trapped in jobs they hate to earn money to buy the things they think they need. But most of these needs are just wants. There are so many ways to live extremely cheaply in this world, freeing up your time to do the things you love. But it feels risky, and it feels like a lot of sacrifice. Yeah, it is. But chasing money and things just puts you in a prison of your own making. You keep building this life out of stuff and wants, and sooner or later you're trapped. You can't quit your job to do the things you want to do because of the way you've constructed your life. That's a prison. The cage might be gilded, but you're still stuck in it.

    Ultimately, we have a short time on this planet. I've known too many people who died young. Nothing is promised to us, it could all end tomorrow. If you want to live a fulfilled life, stop denying your inevitable death and do the things that will make you happy today. And keep doing them. Keep building a life you can enjoy, whatever that is, because time is all we really have and our time can be cut short by the fates. Chasing the superficial is not going to make you happy, despite what our culture tells us. It's just a way for others to make money off of you. Instead, look deep and really ponder what makes you feel the best about yourself and life. And go do that, regardless of what other people think.

    Recommended Listening: Alan Watts - "What Do I Desire?"

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  2. asoftbird Link
    Inspired by the current top post of "What are you missing in your life right now", l went to look around for philosophic texts to may get some new insights on why l haven't found "my thing" yet. I...

    Inspired by the current top post of "What are you missing in your life right now", l went to look around for philosophic texts to may get some new insights on why l haven't found "my thing" yet. I don't know if it helps, but it was inspiring and thought-provoking so l figured l'd share.

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