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How Being Bored Helped Me Discover My True Purpose in Life


When I’m bored, I read. And when I read, I get all sorts of ideas.

Lately, I have been reading a brilliant book called The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau. And, today, when I read I started to think of a quote from George Bernard Shaw, a quote I seemed to have forgotten, but here it is, all because I’m bored and reading:

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, MAKE THEM.

The quote is not from The $100 Startup, but reading the book made me think of the quote and believe that it is true that we can do whatever we want in life. And I just love the thought.

I am bored, but I know that I can do whatever I want in life.

When I am bored I think about time

What is time? Really. For most people it’s just the hours of the day. It’s no big mystery. When I’m bored the first that comes to mind is usually the question, how long will I be bored this time; minutes, hours, days? Even when I’m reading a book, I might be thinking, when will it stop?

But, today is a different day. Being bored made me read the book, that made me think of the quote and now I’m thinking about what things used to be like when I was young and bored, and I ended creating a huge discussion about the past.

I’ll be brief.

Society has changed a lot since I was a young boy. I am not sure if I remember everything the way it was, but just say that I do (just for the sake of my arguments). One thing that I remember is that people didn’t use to combine work and personal life as much back then. I wrote a post about we’re all marketers, and it wasn’t like that thirty years ago. We didn’t have Facebook, but I am not sure if Facebook is what changed society. It might be that the type of jobs has changed, or that people are more passionate about what they do now. I actually don’t know. But to me, it seems that people are more busy than ever. And that most people don’t have the time to get bored. I used to get bored a lot. I am bored right now, but that’s nothing compared to the past.

So, I’m reading the book, thinking about the quote, and thinking about the past, and asking myself questions about if people should hustle to separate personal and business, or if everything is suppose to be one? Is it better to work a set of hours and that’s it, and stop thinking about work when we’re back home?

On the other hand. Work should be about a passion, and when it is, we can’t really stop thinking about it. But, I guess it kind of depends on if it shows that we’re working 24/7 or not – that’s what many are worrying about.

Remember, I got this from being bored.

When I am bored I think about space

Most of the time, I don’t work inside an office. I work where I belong. Sometimes I’m at home, sometimes I’m where the wind takes me. And tomorrow I might be on a train.

I am bored and I’m at the office. I feel like I am encarcerated. And the reason I feel it, is because I’m bored. And I don’t have any windows and I can’t hear any sounds. It’s all just too quiet. And, dark.

Quiet and dark is either scary or boring.

I work where I belong, but I still do some of my best work inside an office. But not right now, and that’s why I shouldn’t be here. What I usually do is that I add various tasks to specific places. When I walk, I do my creative work, when I’m at a mountain overlooking the sea, I’ll do my reading. And when I’m living in a tent, I’ll prepare my ebooks. I’ll do most of my writing when I’m at the office. So why be inside when I’m not writing?

No wonder why I am bored.

Do what makes your heart sing

It started out by being bored. And I ended up thinking about a sentence. I am not sure where I first read this sentence, but I’ve read it, that’s for sure. And it stuck with me, like the quote from George Bernard Shaw. Do what makes your heart sing. That’s it.

Being bored is not that bad. It can actually be a wonderful experience. I am thinking, being bored is the reason why I found my true purpose in life.

Do what makes your heart sing.

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