Derek Sivers

from the book “”:

What do you hate not doing?

2009-08-29

When we wonder what’s worth doing, we’ve all asked ourselves, “What do I really love?” or “What makes me happy?”

That question never really goes well, does it?

Maybe it’s because there’s a long list of things that make us happy, and we need to narrow it down further. Or maybe because the things with the deepest rewards don’t always give shallow pleasures along the way.

So try this question instead:

What do you hate not doing?

What makes you feel depressed, annoyed, or that your life has gone astray if you don’t do it enough?

Asking the double-negative seems to be a better indicator of what’s really worth doing.