Gray Flannel Dwarf

9/16/2004

Do what you love….?

So last weekend, my roommate and I drove out to Purcelville to visit the Chile Man, Robert Farr, who was having something of a harvest festival, with a wine tasting booth, and someone selling organic beef, etc…. a small gathering but fun nonetheless. He gave a tour of his gardens, and showed us his bottling facility…. altogether, it was a good time.

Now, if you read his website, Farr mentions Marsha Sinetar’s Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow as that which gave him the inspiration to move out of the white-collar world and into his own small business, doing what he enjoyed the most — taming the fields. He also mentioned this book during the tour, which really kind of indicates he got a lot out of it.

I’ve heard others talk of this book as well, and without having read it, I sort of mentally classify it somewhere in legitimacy between Steven Covey’s Seven Habits and Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Now, I guess I’ll have to actually read it to get a more accurate assessment, but even the title has me thinking.

Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow

What do I “love to do”? I really don’t know. I’ve always had a natural penchant for computers, but is it really what I “love to do”? I certainly used to, and it’s still a hobby — a perhaps all-too consuming one sometimes — but to suggest that I get enthralled at the thought of mucking around in a computer’s guts would be a bit of an overstatement.

What do I really love to do? I guess that is the issue. I enjoy camping, I really like to cook, although someone — I think it was JoeLogon — had read that if one likes to cook, that they should cook for friends and family as opposed to opening a restaurant, because they are two totally different worlds.

I like to play a little guitar, but I’m not good enough w/ that to make any sort of money. Actually, I really do like music a lot, but how does one compete with the RIAA, ClearChannel and their ilk?

Maybe I’m being too negative already, making excuses for things, and I am guessing both of those angles are covered in the book referenced above. However, it boils down to a couple of key points.

* I don’t know what I really like to do, and somehow I have a feeling this is a leading factor in why I can never set goals for myself, be them personal or work-related. I can get a job done, but I don’t ever have any scope towards the future.

* I can’t imagine any sort of “niche” field for any interests of mine, where I might be able to make decent coin, that hasn’t been exploited by other intrepid explorers before me. This, in turn, I think is partially because I feel like I’ve lost all my creative flair, ever since going into computers. I used to have creativity, but ever since I began working full-on in computers, I’ve drifted more to the logical.

* Similarly, a lot of these things I tend to “like”, even if I know them fairly well, have a lot more depth of knowledge required if one is going to make a business out of it, and none of these are things that I really want to “study” more about. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to revel in ignorance, but sometimes when you study things too much, to such detail, you lose the fun in it. I used to read science and non-fiction books as a kid all the time. I have always enjoyed science, and that is indeed my best category in Trival Pursuit. I could tell you fact upon fact about insects and arachnids. However, once I got to HS, and had to take Biology, I got tired of learning about mitochondria. When it came to Chemistry, I hated learning about how many moles of a given chemical compound it took to effect change in another.

Farr told us that a lot of his inspiration for recipes, and a lot about what he learned with regards to gardening came from reading lots of books and magazines, and that’s all good. I’m not saying my interests are any more important, but I do think that they would involve and require a much deeper understanding of the subjects, simply due to the technology and/or precision involved in all of them, and I am just not so sure that it would remain enjoyable if I got that deep into it.

Just not sure. I mean, I am mostly content doing what I am doing right now, but something is missing, not just in my work, but in everything, and I can’t put my finger on it. I just feel kind of adrift with regards to interests and activities. Even if I ever decide(d) to go out and chart my own path, get out of the rat race… what would I do? I have no point from which I feel I can start.


cswiii @ 9:42 am