Do the work that’s worth doing.
That’s really something we all need to do, but a lot of times, it gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day things, as well as the excitement of doing something new. That’s two ways you can get sidetracked when it comes to doing the work that’s worth doing.
Notice, I said that’s worth doing, not that needs doing. Needs and worth are two completely different things.
“Need” indicates that you will die if you don’t do it/can’t have it. Air, sustenance, shelter—these are things that we need. Some of us may feel that we need to do certain things or it may feel like we’ll die, and that’s a natural thing. Some of the things that we do are so ingrained in us that not doing them is inconceivable.
Things that are worth doing, though, are different. There are a lot of things that clamor for our time and attention. It doesn’t mean that those things are worthy. “Worth” is extremely subjective, and totally dependent upon what a person agrees to.
Let’s put it in terms of money.
I once bought a Spider-Man t-shirt by Ecko ltd. The shirt was being sold for $40. It wasn’t worth that to me. It was only worth a maximum of $20 to me. I liked the shirt, but I wasn’t going to pay that price. The proprietor of the store eventually sold me the shirt for $20.
Not everything you do or every idea you come up with will be worth doing or pursuing. There’s the excitement of coming up with something new and following that idea down the different thickets and warrens, but that doesn’t mean the idea itself should be put into motion. Sometimes (most of the time, actually), thought experiments are best left as that: thoughts.
The big problem that we all must overcome is distinguishing just exactly which work is worth doing. Learn that trick, and you’ll be ahead of the game.