Yesterday, I received two links of articles from friends. My question is: Are they contradictory?
First from Elaine, this lovely piece about what reaching a goal looks like. I’m constantly visualizing my work space when I’m not there — the large window where I look out upon our beautiful fushia roses, our small pond across the street, and the geese that won’t stop pooping on everyone’s lawn. Reaching my goal of finishing this novel won’t have an obvious sort of reward. There will be no big brass band. It will just be me, sitting at my laptop, and typing “THE END.”
But it will be a grand feeling, nonetheless.
Then Kelli sent me a link from this article from the Harvard Business School entitled “Don’t Do What You Love.” It discusses the importance of not just doing what you love, but also doing what you’re good at. There’s quite a bit of truth in it for me, actually. If I don’t publish a book, should I find something else to do? Should I go back and get my MFA with the hopes of either becoming a better writer, or at least have the ability to teach writing?
Is reaching a goal for something that’s just a hobby, as worthy as reaching a goal for something you’re really good/talented/skilled at?
37 pages to reach my Page Number Goal before school gets out in five weeks.