My cat Pickles goes crazy when he sees string. Whether it be the pull-string for our window shades, a loose string from a piece of clothing – just about any string he’ll go bonkers for. So much so, in fact, that he’ll nearly injure himself and others to get the string. Nothing else matters in all the world except him getting that string.
This lead me to ask myself a question; what is my string? In other words, what do I get excited about? What would I rather be working on or doing than anything else? What would I sacrifice just about anything to be able to do?
Once you answer those questions and figure out what your string is you should immediately start to plan how you can spend more time doing it.
I know a lot of business books say “Do what you love!” but that isn’t the point of this post. I don’t think you have to make money at something that you love doing in order to enjoy it. In fact, I’d wager that for most things we enjoy in life money can actually lessen the joy of doing it. Especially if it becomes your main way of making a living. When you have to make money doing something it isn’t nearly as enjoyable as doing it simply because you want to. My cat gets nothing out of chasing the string. Actually, in most cases he doesn’t even get the string!
I’m still in the process of truly figuring out what my string is but when I figure it out I’m going to try do spend more time doing that activity. Maybe you could do the same.