A few nights ago I had one of those “stay up all night watching random videos” nights. As per usual, a lot of it was bullshit or funny or cute, but one video really stuck out to me. Here is the video. I think that the thing that stood out was that he was doing something he enjoyed. There was no outside motivation, no requirements, no showing off – just some guy thoroughly enjoying the creative process.
There is a lot of talk in entrepreneurship and startup culture about impact. You should be doing something you care about and make an impact with your venture, seize the market! Why can’t you just do something you love? This talk of impact almost sounds poisonous when put next to the mapmaker. Should what you love necessarily have an impact? It’s as if there some societal pressure that you need to go into the world and change things to fit your vision. What kind of society is that? When I see people like this mapmaker, or watch artisan videos, or see anyone doing what they like I’m inspired regardless of any impact they may be making (unless it’s negative…).
I’ve believed for a long time that when you do what you love, the money will follow. More so now than ever do we have the ability to monetize what we do. Youtube, kickstarter, web dev. There are so many people waiting to see those who have come to life, found their passion and people love absorbing that energy (like myself). These people shine because they are making a living doing what they love. But the point here is that in today’s world, you can do whatever you want, and it may be hard for a while, but it is more likely than possible that you can make a living out of it – IF YOU TRULY LOVE IT ENOUGH.
What I’m saying is that we should choose what we do based off of money, or impact or any other silly reason, but purely because it makes us happy, and those around us happy. “Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and happy and healthy” as Kurt Vonnegut would say. And remember to “pick yourself” as Seth Godin would say, don’t wait for it to come to you.