There’s an old(ish) game that my friends and I use to play called Katamari Damacy. I think we enjoyed it so much, not because of the gameplay, but because it was such a weird quirky experience (plus the soundtrack is crazy). You are this green elf-looking little dude who’s been tasked by your father, the Kind of the Cosmos, to rebuild the stars (which he accidentally destroyed).
So, you roll this magical sticky ball across various levels, and slowly pick up a hodgepodge of things—staplers, candy, chairs, cats, cars, trees, cows, etc.—until grows big enough to become a star.
I know—it makes perfect sense, right?
I’m bringing it up because it reminds me of a perfect analogy of when we decided to start something new, like a new project or new skill.
At the beginning, we’ve got a clean slate. For example, you want to learn how to design, so you sign up for an online class. You’re super excited about learning something new. Things are simple, innocent, singular.
But as we, our one singular task turns into 2 tasks. 2 turns into 5. 5 tasks leads to 20. And the deeper we go, the more options we have, and things we seem to need to do.
First you learn about what design is, but soon, you realize “design” is actually many many things—space, form, typography, grids, branding, illustration, UI, print, Interior, Product Design… And not to mention all the tools available to you to learn and grow as a designer, such as Illustrator, Figma and Auto CAD.
What often starts a simple quest quickly becomes many smaller quests and potential opportunities we could do.
To me, this is both incredibly exciting and also overwhelming.
The problem of course is not everything can be a priority.
As the saying goes, if everything is a priority then nothing is a priority.
The key is to choose and narrow your focus. And knowing what to choose requires us to take the time to learn about ourselves and figure out what we want to give our time to.
Who am I?
What gets me up in the morning?
What would I love to do, even if I never got paid a dime for it?
What makes me feel alive?
Where are my gifts? How can I use them to help others?
Questions like this will help you get the ball rolling (pun intended).
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1153