Saturday, February 21, 2015

A simple idea which made me go "Hrm"

Alicia wrote about not knowing what she wants to "be" when she grows up the other day: and I am still reading The Happiness Project - a book broken down into twelve chapters to give you something to work on monthly.

Well its a library loaner so I got a jump start on March today and this line jumped out: "Enthusiasm is more important to mastery than innate ability, it turns out, because the single most important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice."

In the book the author is discussing her decision to stop being a lawyer and instead focus on writing. She talks about the enthusiasm her colleagues felt in regards to law and how they spent all their spare time reading about and discussing cases. She didn't feel that same connection to law but felt it towards writing.

(Aside: This turned out to be a good choice since she's apparently written a batch of books and maintains a popular blog at

The best part of maintaining this blog is being able to track my interests over the years. When it began I  was extremely interested in personal finance. It was all I read about, all I noticed on tv and a tiresome source of conversation. Lately of course, its turned to eBaying - which is great because its become my primary source of income in the past year.

I think there is a tie-in to all my interests - a sense of order. I enjoy graphic design because its bringing order to chaotic information. I like photography and highlighting the best aspects of what I see. I enjoy creating concise descriptions, writing casually and organizing things.

In the end I still believe graphic design is the ideal job for me - barring eBay opening one of those "ship us your stuff and we'll list it for you" centers near my home.

Cause let's face it -  how much fun would it be to list without risk or need for storage in a super organized work environment?