So, they go looking for that thing.
But, they have it backward. They should look at the things they already do. And more specifically, they should identify the thing they can’t not do.
You probably do it everyday. But you probably don’t recognize it. Because you think that everyone else does this thing too. Or, you think that you’re not really doing anything.
But that’s only because this thing is so natural to you it doesn’t seem like you’re doing anything. But you are.
About six years ago, I realized that I did something that I couldn’t not do. I had been doing it for years, since I was 12 or 13 years old . But I never thought anything of it.
I realized that pretty much every day of my life, I would experience something or observe something or read something and then, no matter where I was, I would begin to think about it.
I would think about why it interested me. I would break down its parts and see how they all fit together. I would ask questions about it. I would examine all parts of it until it left me with a question, or an insight or a better understanding of why something is.
I would do this automatically, simply because I was so interested in what I had just seen. I was drawn to it. I never tried to do it, I just did it because it was something I couldn’t not do.
One day, I began to write down some of these thoughts. And those thoughts later turned into blog posts and then short stories and then novels. And wouldn’t you know it, all of the sudden, I was a writer.
And, to think, that for years I never even acknowledged what I was doing.
So, what do you do, every day, that you can’t not do?