Anonymous said: “Find three hobbies you love: One to make you money, one to keep you in shape and one to be creative.” Business, sports and creativity are the three legs of a sustainable existential stool. If you’ve been able to find even one of them, much less three, from an early age, you’re a very lucky man. No matter how your fate develops further, at least in this aspect you will always find support, an outlet, and a recharge.
The hallmark of true passion is a willingness to pursue it without any payment and in spite of punishment. The process is rewarding in and of itself. Investor and entrepreneur Naval Ravikant has a tweet: “Do what feels like play to you, but looks like work to others.” When society is willing to buy the results of your “game” without bargaining, it is a powerful factor that brings harmony, appreciation and stability to your life. The opposite is torture, where you have to work your ass off 24/7/365 and in return get a pittance that devalues your work.
It took me decades of groping around in the dark to put myself together from puzzles scattered all over the place. If you’re interested, someday I’ll tell you about my wanderings in the Minotaur’s Labyrinth. Of course, the process is far from over, and the legs of my stool sometimes wobble unexpectedly. But I do have three hobbies now. First is business therapy for IT entrepreneurs, which I didn’t so much find as I had to create myself. Second is Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kettlebells and mace. And third, it’s writing articles like this. If dictatorial law banned these hobbies, I’d still find a way to do them in secret.
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