As an ENFP I have a tendency to want to do everything all at once.
Oooh, I can be a CMO, while running a side business, while having flying lessons. I can learn to code better and write every day.
But there’s a problem. An over-confidence in my abilities tends to lead me into neglecting the most important projects.
The result = many failures. And only a few wins.
The common advice is to focus on just one thing. Which I agree with. But it doesn’t work for me.
My current solution is to follow a simple equation created by Derek Sivers.
Work an enjoyable job with great benefits, while creating art for love (for free) on the side.
By day I’m CMO at CreditStretcher. And by night I write. And I write what I want to write about. I don’t write to make money or build an audience. I share it with you but I don’t want anything from you in return.
So far, it’s working for me.
I think we try to derive both money and love from our work. This mindset leads us to “follow our passion” or some other shallow platitude, spouted by life coaches.
But what Sivers suggests flips the script to something much more interesting. Work, is work. We don’t have to love it. And we certainly shouldn’t make it our entire life. That attitude will see us neglecting friends, family, sports, entertainment and many other incredible aspects of life.
And art should be created with love. Once we make it about earning money it becomes something different. And there are only a tiny percentage of people lucky enough to create art and earn a decent living from it. And most of them aren’t happy.
And you know what. When I’ve spent a couple of hours writing, I want to get back to work. I want to focus on something else.
So I’m sticking with working to work and creating art for love.
What about you?