Work on Things You Love
It’s pretty easy to get caught up in your startup, latest project, some client work. Anything really.
I struggle with it a lot. Focusing on one task’s great and everything, but it can often make you lose sight of the bigger picture.
Nothing means a damn thing if you’re not working on things you love.
Notice the pluralization there. Things.
Sure, some people can be totally content working on one thing. Maybe. I don’t know actually, I’ve never met anyone like that.
Most people I meet are similar to me. We work on one thing so long we get burnout, then move on to the next thing. To get burnt out again.
What’s the point of working so hard on one thing if you’re not ultimately happy? What makes me happy is working on more than one thing. I like going between projects, dipping in and out.
I enjoy changeable environments. Each day being the same bores me to tears.
I actually love the uncertainty. Waking up and not knowing what you’ll be doing that day’s pretty awesome. And I don’t just mean what tasks, but what project? What business?
So I’m switching things up a bit. Over the next 6 months I’m going to spend more time doing different projects. And I’m going to do it from cool places around the world, starting in Europe and working my way East through Asia and beyond.
Side projects, passion projects, and startups. Lots of them.
Because in the end it doesn’t matter, so long as I’m happy and they—sometimes—make me money to live off.
Don’t get me wrong, I love working on HelpDocs. I’ll still be dedicating a good portion of my life to it. Still more than a 9–5. But this way, I won’t get bored, tired, and burnt out.
In many ways it’s taking a consulting approach to startup, but with all the clients being myself. And it’s exciting.
I do my best work when I’m inspired, and I’m inspired when I’m faced with uncertainty.
Rather than avoiding all uncertainty I’m going to embrace it and see where it takes me. No idea where it’ll lead me. Maybe another awesome startup.
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This is day 68 in a 365 day writing experiment. You can check out why I’m writing every day here.