At the start of this year I was all about discipline and habits. But lately I’ve been wondering if that really is the best way to a better life. I had a period where I did a lot of stuff, many of which was purely by willpower. But then I stopped. It felt like I burned out from doing that. Imagine you’re studying for an exam. You sit for 8 hours and at the end you’re exhausted. You finish up, go do something else on your free time, like being social or play some games. Then you go to bed, have a good night’s sleep and wake up the next morning. You sit down with your studies, and holy shit fuck.. It feels as if you’re just as exhausted as when you left it yesterday. That is weird! And this accumulates. You just get more and more and more tired.
Imagine if this was the case with exercising. You go for a jog and you push yourself a bit. The next day you go for a jog again, and you’re just as tired as you were at the end of the last exercise. No matter how many days you take for recovery – when you go out for a jog you’re just as tired as when you stopped last time. And at some point you’re just so tired that you’re not able to go jogging anymore. That would be weird, wouldn’t it? Go see a doctor!
But it’s just as weird when it comes to doing things such as studying. You just get more and more tired of it. The funny thing, though, is that if you do something you think is fun, suddenly you have all the energy in the world.
Now, some probably read this and go “Well, that’s just how it is. Some things are boring and are tiring. You just have to get through them”. But do you? Do you really?
I crashed doing that. I studied and did other things I thought was great. But I fucking hated it. It was boooooring. At the time I didn’t really whine about it though. I just sucked it up and did it. Until I just stopped. Funniest thing. It was at some point so hard to get myself to do those things that I just didn’t.
Personally, I began to question if discipline really was the way to get a better life. I have a lot of discipline, but I experienced how boring it was. Ohhh myyyy gooood. I kinda started searching for something else. And now the last days I’ve started reading this awesome book called “Crush It”. And it hit me right in the face.
The book explains how you can monetize on doing the things you like doing. Kinda the old school “Live off your passion”-thing. But what I love about the book is that it encourages you to do EXACTLY what you want. Even the weirdest shit, like playing tetris. “Say whaaat? I can make money from playing tetris?” Well, I don’t fucking know. That’s what the books says. Or rather, that’s how I interpreted it. But it might take time, so don’t quit your job just yet.
And there are two things to this:
- You gotta love doing the thing you want to monetize. So if you love playing tetris, then play tetris.
- You’re not really monetizing on the thing you do, but rather on your branding of yourself. The thing you do is just a medium(Which is great! If your passion changes, you can change what you do, and still make money).
Now, to be honest, I don’t know what the fuck I love doing. Do you? If you don’t, then I welcome you to join me in finding out. Because that’s exactly what I’m going to do next. Find out what I love doing. And it’s probably quite easy to find out.
I mean, what do I do on my spare time? Well, I play tetris, listen to podcasts and standup, I read, look at youtube videos, and so on. Maybe those things are what I love doing?
What are some of the things you do on your spare time?
Well, these things might not be passions of mine, but I do use a lot of time on them, so why not? Let’s test it out. Let’s dive into them and do them even more. Let’s make a blog about them, and let’s see if I learn something.
Wouldn’t it be fucking awesome if you could monetize on the stuff you would do on your spare time, or on your holidays? Basically, you would be doing the exact things you want to do the most, and make money off of it in the process!
Possible? Maybe, maybe not. But let’s test it out before we judge that.