Finding the essence of what you enjoy

As I get older, I’m more clear now about what I enjoy doing and what I don’t. What I’m good at, and what I’m not good at.

What’s surprising though, are the things that turns out that I enjoy AND I can get quite good at. Carpentry is one of them.

Usually, I’m working on ArtStation, my business. For most of my career, I’ve been typecast as “the community guy”. I run large communities and have built many for companies via my agency Ballistiq.
But actually, my passion is just building stuff. I built this live edge bathroom vanity from scratch. Turns out that as long as I am building stuff, I feel fulfilled.

When growing up, I was told to “do what I loved to do”. I could never figure out what I loved to do because I loved doing so many things. I loved starting businesses. I loved art. I loved making websites. I loved programming. I loved making music. It wasn’t until recently that I figured that all the things I enjoyed had a common thread – the essence was the same.

For me, I figured out that I love making stuff. It doesn’t matter what I’m making, as long as I’m making something. This now transcends professions and domains. I love building businesses as much as I love creating software and websites, and in my spare time I do carpentry. It’s all related – in every aspect, as long as I’m making stuff, I feel fulfilled.

I feel it’s more important to figure out the essence of what you love doing, and with that, there are literally countless professions in different domains where you can excel.

That’s why I’m against the idea that you can’t cross domains. People look at me like “hey you’re a business guy, you can’t be a good programmer too.” No, really, I am. Some people look at the carpentry that I’ve done and are amazed that the nerd they know as Leo can actually make stuff with wood. It boggles the mind! It shouldn’t!

For some people, the essence of what they love doing is problem solving. They love figuring out the details and the logic. Again, there are so many diverse professions where that love for problem solving can apply, from programming to law (which is just logic with words).

My advice? Find that essence. Then you can be fulfilled in a variety of positions and professions.

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