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Often, the truest test of what’s interesting to you is to look at how you’re spending time right now.
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Too often, in our lives, we tend to look at where we are right now and say, “Where can I go from here?” But that’s asking the wrong question.
If you start with your present situation, you’re limiting yourself out of the gate to what seems...
Some may question this advice of optimizing for interesting, that it’s a pipe dream or something only the wealthy can do. That’s fair enough — in the short term. But the whole premise of playing the long game is we’re not victims of circumstance. Our current reality isn’t our fixed, eternal r...
It’s valuable to notice what is holding your attention — but don’t rush to make a fascination your new mission until you’ve tested it out. Find ways to learn more, such as setting up interviews with people who work in the field, reading books about it or asking a friend if you ca...
“I’m an artist,” Sarah Feingold told Dorie Clark, “and I went to law school because I wanted to help artists like myself.”
But it didn’t turn out that way. She got a job at a small law firm in upstate New York. She drafted motions, drew up contracts, and so on. Even though...
When we make the choice to optimize for interesting, we’re investing in our future selves. We don’t know where it will lead, and that’s the whole point.
Playing the long game means preparing ourselves for an uncertain future, where, because of the effo...
Wherever we are in our lives, we may not know what exactly we want to do or what we’re good at. However, we all have things we’re interested in. But what should you do if they don’t seem “meaningful” enough to be a career? Let’s take a passion for photographing birds. Well, if it...
“At the time, people thought what I did was ridiculous,” recalls Sarah, who went on to work at Etsy for over nine years. Why give up a steady job? But safety and security weren’t what brought her to law; she’d studied it to help other artists. That’s what was interesting to her, and she w...
If we want to play the long game, one of the first things we must do is identify [our most important] goals so we’re able to make the adjustments needed in our lives to move towards achieving them.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking....
When you’re unsure of where your interests lie, go back to your first principles.
One day, Etsy announced new policies. Sarah had questions and some legal insights. Since the company was still small, she got the CEO, Rob Kalin, on the phone. They had a short chat, and then ...
“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison
What should we do if we’re still figuring out what feels meaningful to us or if we’re drawn to many different things? “Optimize for interesting”, says Dorie Clark, in her new book “The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World”.
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