Always Produce

December 21, 2012 4:11 pm

Some parts of PG’s essays are just absolute gems. This one is from How to do what you love:

“Another test you can use is: always produce. For example, if you have a day job you don’t take seriously because you plan to be a novelist, are you producing? Are you writing pages of fiction, however bad? As long as you’re producing, you’ll know you’re not merely using the hazy vision of the grand novel you plan to write one day as an opiate. The view of it will be obstructed by the all too palpably flawed one you’re actually writing.

“Always produce” is also a heuristic for finding the work you love. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you’re supposed to work on, toward things you actually like. “Always produce” will discover your life’s work the way water, with the aid of gravity, finds the hole in your roof.”

More often than not, we tend to hunt for reasons to procrastinate – ‘have not heard back from the designer’ or ‘have raised a ticket with the EC2 team’ or ‘need to finalize on the workflow’ – but if you are true to yourself, you know these are all just excuses. And the big ones – ‘I know I will love doing that’ is a hypothesis that needs to be proven. And the only way to do that is to produce. In fact, you should try to hit the toughest part first.

Always Produce. Absolute gem of an advice.

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