If you’re doing fulfilling work every single day the hours simply don’t matter.
But if you are just paddling the boat endlessly for 80 hours a week without caring to even see if you are getting anywhere, then you’re not fighting for a cause.
Then you’re fighting because that is your addition.
You are in love with your suffering.
It’s easy to glorify things like
- I work 80 hours a week
- Leisure does not matter because I’m living my passion.
- I don’t have time for yoga or exercise or being nice to someone, because I’m busy working
Just answer one question
If I take away your work from you today! Will you be able to move on?
Or will you just miserably sulk?
Based on the answer you can decide whether it’s your passion or just your addiction.
Living your passion means something you love striving and fighting for.
But it doesn’t depend on any particular project or idea
Because your passion lives in YOU.
But if you’re overworking yourself without even realizing this then you’re just using passion as an excuse to indulge in your addiction to your suffering.
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You probably already have a sense that it is your addiction and you love it nonetheless.
Because you are too damn afraid of the blank space that will remain, once the suffering remains no more.
Here’s a secret – the only way to overcome your addiction and fear is to purposely walk into the thing that you fear so much.
And you will be surprised at how much you can grow with just half the work once you are actually aware of what’s really going on.
Another version of the same disease is
You just have to improve it just a little bit!
Because it’s not perfect yet! Yeah right!
As long as you don’t have to release what you have done and realize that your work is actually shit
That it doesn’t help you move anywhere…
But the problem with that attitude is
How do you fix whatever’s fucking it up for you unless you realize that you’re fucking it up in the first place?
The thing is –
There is no such thing as perfect.
You make it as perfect as you can within the deadline and then you fucking release!
It is as if a kid says – I’ll start running and playing only when I can run at 10 mph
There are two ways to do that
- You either wait till you grow up wasting all that time in the process, or
- You start running at whatever speed you can and gradually get to 10 mph.
Incremental improvement can be the topic for an entirely separate article altogether…
But the idea is you are probably just avoiding facing failure in the name of chasing perfection