This or that?
How do you decide what to do in this life?
How do you narrow it down?
You love so many things, yet things aren’t flowing.
How the heck do you narrow thangs down?
I’m always filling notebooks full of notey notes. Cause let’s be honest, that’s what writers do when they’re confused or happy or ~any emotion here~ – they write.
I’m flippin’ the literal and figurative bird to myself.
GET YOUR STUFFIO TOGETHER, PATTI!
For the most part, my stuffio is together.
There’s always a yet – am I right?
There’s a missing piece of the puzzle. That last glorious piece that ends one journey and starts another.
Ever feel this way?
Have we lost the piece? Was it always missing?
Or, have we been trying to make a picture work that was never meant to be finished?
Is it you or the puzzle?
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been overturning cushions and searching in the dark corners of your psyche for the answers.
If you’re struggling to figure out if you should walk away from the puzzle on the table in front of you and crack open a new box of infinite pieces – IN 3D! – this post is for you.
Let’s delve into the universal question of how to decide what you want to do when there’s so much you want to do.
It comes down to this: You WANT to build something.
You WANT to profit from the something you build.
But, you’re a soft fluffy kitteh chasing every sparkly thang.
#metoo (too soon?)
How do you narrow “it” down?
#1: Pursue whatever interests you.
We’ve talked about this before. Writing? Sports? Skipping rocks? Knitting beards?
Find what interests YOU. Do that.
Easy: you know what you like!
Start with a list. Get a new pen if you must. Maybe one that smells like bacon. Write down everything that interests you.
Nothing is too trivial (we’ll get to that in a moment).
#2: Hone one or two of those interests to a high level.
Hard-as-Hell: In the tiniest of nutshells, this means mastery of what it is that interests you.
Nope. Stop right there.
There’s no bullshit allowed here. No whining that you don’t have any interests.
I remember once someone telling me that the only interest they had was watching shows that made them laugh.
Waa-waa, can’t monetize that.
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Um, ever heard of The People’s Couch?
Man, I loved that show. Real people watching T.V. and talking about what they’re watching. #brill
See last sentence in #1.
#3: Find a way to serve the world with this interest.
I laughed every stinkin’ time I watched those real people dissecting what they were watching. It was simple and entertaining. It checked my mindless fun box and I was grateful to get a good laugh on those days.
Use what YOU love to do to serve the world.
Narrowing down your passions with a path to monetizing is doable. You do have passion for something.
Make a list.
Master a couple of things on that list.
Offer it to us, the world.
No more puzzles. No more endings and beginnings. No more searching.
You have everything you need.
What are you waiting for?
Then, offer a hand to someone else.