What makes you itch?

This video is worth a watch.


“What do you desire? What makes you itch?”

Thus begins a narration monologue by Alan Watts, British-born philosopher who eventually settled in America.

“What would you like to do if money were no object?” he asks.

Find your motivation, select your course, and go there. Do what you love. Love what you do.

I realize that these are not new sentiments and we have all heard some or part of this before. Maybe we even have some similar motivation or a quote pinned up on a board (digital or physical) somewhere as a reminder to follow the path of passion.

He continues, “When we finally get down to something which the individual says he really wants to do I will say to him, ‘You do that. And forget the money.'”

Master your craft. Develop your expertise. Share your talent with the world. Be it welding, song, tap-dance, logarithms, book-binding, or animation. Do what you love to do and become a master.

Because the alternative, he says, is that “You will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living. That is, to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid!”

“The only way to become a master of something is to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is.”

A-ha! For those that were worried that this post was about shedding monetary motivation entirely, no fear. Once you are the best, you can charge as the best. Be good and make good money. As long as you are doing something you have a passion for and mastery of.

“Somebody’s interested in everything. And anything you can be interested in you’ll find others who are.” The internet’s broad range and vastness is certainly proof of that.

Beware the chase of the false passion, the status quo, the same for sameness sake, it is “…all retch and no vomit. It never gets there.”

And that is such a strong visual to me. Nothing to show for your effort. No way to go.

“And so, therefore it’s so important to consider this question: ‘What do I desire?'”

I’ll be thinking of this for certain. I hope you will too.


About zkgraff

Man on the move, Director @ensemblezkg, Host of @DesignInConvo Podcast, Triathlete, CrossFitter, Ironman CA 70.3 Finisher
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