I did some browsing on the Barbara Sher book. What a great recommendation!
As I contemplated the problem, thinking about another thread regarding
passion, I thought about this phrase, "Who says?" The context is that
as you examine your inner "instructions" as to what you should do with
your life, you question them.
Two of the most powerful words in the English language are "how," and
"why." They`re fundamental to the concept of critical thinking and
analysis. We`ve had a discussion about that, as well, under the "Are we
getting dumber" thread. What`s happening with that whole critical
thinking? Nobody knows.
Philosophy brings us a good question: Why should I do anything at all?
There again, we have the "why" word. Then there`s the whole issue of motivation. What is motivation, "how" does it work?
When you get down into the problem of having lots of ideas but not
being focused on any particular one, there`s a fascinating can of
In an excerpt, Sher says that "a life without direction is a life
without passion." I`d take issue with that, reversing it to say that a
life without passion has no direction. So which comes first, the
direction or the passion? Or....are they both inter-related and
Can we build a direction then become passionate? Is that like arranged
marriages, where over time two people come to actually love each other?
Is passion a "function of" direction? Or is it that passion causes
Personally, I think passion has to come first. It`s that point where a
particular idea or ideal captures our imagination and becomes an
overriding value. Without an imagination, or when we`re afraid to be
captivated by an idea, I don`t think we can develop a passion. In which
case, we can`t form a long-term direction.