Val Sopi

Founder and Chief Product Artisan
Handmade Spaceships, Inc.


What is it that you should be doing for the rest of your life?

July 12, 2016

I’m a multi-tasker and not proud of it.

It’s a curse which I have to tame.

Multi-tasking has led me into bringing many ideas to life, but none of them has taken off the way I had intended.

Recently, I went on vacation with my family and for the first time in many years I had the actual precious time to evaluate myself objectively without being overly judgmental.

It’s hard.

I felt pissed off.

I realized that I was dedicating my time to so many random things in my daily routine.

Random events, random meetups, which were wasting my valuable time and keeping me away from what I should be doing, which lead to another question:

What should I be doing? A-ha… An existential crisis of sorts.

I had given myself the entire Summer to find out.

A milestone.

In the past month or so, I kept my self busy figuring out what I should be doing for the next 10-20 years.

It’s a hard question, which you don’t really have to answer, but it’s nice to be content with what you’re doing.

And I wasn’t.

So what I did is this: I started cutting things out of my life. Trivial projects. Trivial engagements, events.

Before almost finally cutting things out of my life, I gave each thing a quick but solid chance.

A chance to see if I enjoy doing it and if I can contribute to its success, long-term.

Things that I don’t just want to get done and get over with, but things that I don’t see the end in sight.

Things that inspire me to continue building up.

And I found it. Fairly easy.

Doing this thing is bringing me joy and inspiring to do even more for it. What makes it a hit, for me mainly, is that I care what this project does for other people in a greater scale.

I feel useful doing this because I believe that I’m making a dent in my tiny universe.

Also, one ultimate question lead me to find out what this thing is:

“If it all were to end today, would I have been happy with what I was caught doing?”

That’s it.

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