It’s 90 degrees this weekend in KY. Lines are getting a tad bit long at the Ice Cream shop down the street from my house. People are having a little trouble choosing from the flavors that range from Rocky Road to florescent green. But you’re going to have to pick your passion sooner or later. Kids all choose the florescent green, from what I can tell (I think they have a hidden UV light pointed at that stuff or something. It freaking glows!.)
But we only get to choose ice cream occasionally. Our kids get it perhaps once a week in the Summer. These are serious decisions. You want to choose carefully on this stuff. Summer will end before we know it.
As we grow older we are also given just so much time to choose persuits we enjoy and can master sufficiently to be considered scarce and therefore valuable. We get only so many cones to fill.
I enjoyed Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Workweek and Seth Godin’s “The Dip” as previously posted, which both encourage introspection about life and work habits in this way, so I was really happy to find Pamela Slim’s article “I’m just not into you” – Kicking lukewarm passions to the curb“ in her ezine. It’s really a good read – and can help clarify some thinking if you find yourself muddled in luke-warm pseudo-projects that are weighing down your dreams.
How can you tell if your former “burning flame” is now a “smoldering ember?”Â (details removed…go read it!)
- When you sit down to work on it, you don’t feel much of anything.
- You find yourself justifying its value or purpose, but don’t really believe your own reasons.
- When you step back to view it in the context of your long-term strategies or goals, it either doesn’t fit or has a minor role.