“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs
In a way, what Steve is talking about is whether one is on authentically chosen path, and is part of something larger than one’s self – or something else.
The “something else” is a more than a complex question.
Someone recently asked me for some “deep” questions to ponder and the first one I offered was: what is your life energy worth trading for?
If we understand our time, effort, attention and intention as our “life energy,” then we can examine what it is we’re trading it for. Question is: do we agree with the bargain we made?
I think the answer is (at best) a mix, at least for most people, most of the time.
I am not advocating an abandonment of one’s responsibilities, and roles, but a careful examination of both 1) the substance of those things and 2) our conception of them.
You see, it’s not as simple to say that if one radically changes their life that their life will radically change.
Most of what drains you of joy and passion is how and what you think about your life. (Everything starts with thought, the rest is execution – and the percentages are not equal.)
Without getting into particulars of a vast subject, let me suggest that there are some things you would do well to excise from your life (the “substance” of things), and there are some things that merely need a new mental approach (i.e. your conception of things).
Figuring out which is which is what I do with my clients and it’s the easiest and hardest (and often most rewarding) work they ever do.