This is the best article/essay I read this week:
It reminds me of our conversation about learning where a friend mentioned: learning doesn't feel like an effort because you only learn things that are interesting.
My highlights from the article for those who may not have the time to read it:
+If I had to put the recipe for genius into one sentence: to have a disinterested obsession with something that matters.
+When you look at the lives of people who've done great work, you see a consistent pattern. They often begin with a bus ticket collector's obsessive interest in something that would have seemed pointless to most of their contemporaries.
+The paths that lead to new ideas tend to look unpromising. If they looked promising, other people would already have explored them
+Genius is “an infinite capacity for taking pains about something that matters.
+But there are some heuristics you can use to guess whether an obsession might be one that matters. For example, it's more promising if you're creating something, rather than just consuming something someone else creates. It's more promising if something you're interested in is difficult, especially if it's more difficult for other people than it is for you. And the obsessions of talented people are more likely to be promising. When talented people become interested in random things, they're not truly random
+If interest is a critical ingredient in genius, we may be able, by cultivating interest, to cultivate genius”
+If you could take a year off to work on something that probably wouldn't be important but would be really interesting, what would be it be?
+Follow the path of least resistance;