Forever an amateur.
I’m currently reading Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Not only is it a great book, but some of the chapters are hitting home for me. Especially the section on Amateurs and Professionals.
Some time ago, a close friend and I discussed our future and our interests. He was asking me if I’d ever want to specialize in a particular field, “don’t you want to become great at ONE thing?” he asked.
I’m the kind of person who caresses a million interests and hobbies. I dabble in coding, video editing, photography, cooking and many more.
I had trouble articulating why I didn’t care at the time. It has never been an objective to master any fields for me. I enjoy the process of learning.
Here is an excerpt from the book that clearly defines this point:
It is so easy to feel diminished when doing anything as an amateur. But here’s the kicker:
I’ll hopefully forever remain an amateur. I’ll keep on loving the pursuit of my interests. I will continue finding delight in continuous learning.
I’m greatly enjoying my time with this book and highly recommend it. If you want to learn more, here is a link to a TED Talk he gave: