Thursday, April 4

How To Do What You Love by Paul Graham

It's been so busy with the end of the semester that I doubt I'll be able to post on time for the rest of April. Days just fly by, I feel like every night when I look at the clock it's midnight and I don't know where the past five hours went.

"You have to like what you do enough that the concept of "spare time" seems mistaken."

Today's post is a link to a great article about figuring out how to do what you love in a world where anything synonymous with 'work' is supposed to be grueling and horrific. It is a really long article that took me three days to read (because I kept trying to read it at one in the morning). I can't summarize the whole thing, but I can share my favourite paragraph:

" have to like your work more than any unproductive pleasure. You have to like what you do enough that the concept of "spare time" seems mistaken. Which is not to say you have to spend all your time working. You can only work so much before you get tired and start to screw up. Then you want to do something else—even something mindless. But you don't regard this time as the prize and the time you spend working as the pain you endure to earn it." 

This is kind of how I feel right now, though I am 100% sure I'm not the most dedicated crafter / artist / worker / entrepreneur out there. Just because I don't know how to be efficient though, does not mean I'm not trying my hardest.

How about you? Do you resonate with that favorite quote of mine from the article? Do you have your own favorite art-related quote?

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