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And then one day you find it

That thing you love. That idea that just captures your attention and imagination. That first idea you decide to actually do something about. And you start to work on it little by little. I started by forcing myself to give it the last 15 minutes of my work day. And you find that once you start working on that thing it’s just as if you popped an Adderall. You can’t let go. It sucks you in and you’re crazy-focused and loving every minute of it.

And then you start working on it more and more. You learn that all you have to do is start the task and you brain instantly goes into that adderall mode. So you start more often, with less hesitation.

Before you know it you are consumed by it, in a good way. You have that idea again that your mind constantly thinks about…constantly invents for. Just like with adderall, except you don’t have that fake feeling; you don’t feel like you’re just consumed with this thinking because of the pill…you realize that it’s consuming you because it’s real, because you love it, and because it’s going to be your contribution to the world.

5 Responses to “And then one day you find it”

  1. Erin says:

    It’s been 2 months I’ve been off adderall and I am dying to find the thing I love. I hate my job worse than ever and I wish I had something I was crazy passionate about to go after.

    Have you figured out what you’re doing with your life? If so, how long did it take before you found it?

    Sincerely,

    Erin

  2. Mike says:

    Hi Erin,

    Two months is still early in your journey. At two months in, you’re confidently over the hump (you’re probably not going backwards to the pill at this point), but you’ve just begun to inch forward as far as your purpose/passion goes.

    I think it took me at least 3-4 months before I started hearing quiet little whispers of guidance towards a specific direction. Those whispers get a little louder every day. And the more you act on them the faster they increase in volume.

    If you act on the things your heart whispers today, those whispers will grow into a roar, while the whispering voice will tell you of things even greater still.

    It’s not that I’ve found what I’m ultimately supposed to do with my life, but I am pretty confident that I have found the next big step I’m supposed to take.

    Post on this soon.

    BTW, Erin, if you’re looking for something to do, let me know if you have any interest in being a guest author here on this blog. You’re so helpful to people in the comment threads you might consider going prime time and writing a couple posts. Or just keep being the hero of the comment threads; happy to have you either way!

  3. Erin says:

    Thanks so much for your help Mike. I just remembered I left a message for you the other day and decided to check your blog. At this moment I am realizing God has touched me once again and is trying to help me. I don’t know if I would’ve figured it out had I not posted on your blog.

    I was extremely upset when I left you that message 2 days ago after I had just gotten home from work. Right when I was trying to leave work at 7am after my 4 days on 12 hour shift a lady I work with walked over to my desk and tried to chew me out. I came home and couldn’t go to sleep because I was so angry.

    I know I am extremely lucky to have a job right now and I shouldn’t complain, but I absolutely hate it. Without adderall it has become a total nightmare. I quit adderall the 2nd week into my new role after I had been promoted. I had also just changed to 3rd shift and I could barely keep my eyes open for half the night. It has been extremely difficult.

    Anyhow, I’ve been praying and begging God to help me figure out what he wants me to do. I keep telling myself I want to do something that involves helping people, but I don’t know what. I was a little nervous to just sign up for something or join a group of people I didn’t know.

    Yesterday, a friend of mine randomly sends me an email about volunteering. She is trying to get a group of 15-20 of our friends to join an organization to give back to the community. This is completely out of the blue. At first I thought it was a joke. What’s odd is that none of my friends have ever mentioned wanting to do anything like this. I drank and partied with my friends my whole life. We’ve never done anything for the greater good of society or tried to be helpful in any way.

    I’m hoping through this experience I’ll be able to find a new passion and eventually a new career. God has answered my prayers once again. I think I’d be a total fool if I believed anything else.

    I’m so happy and thankful I found your blog. You’ve helped me tremendously. I don’t think I would’ve quit and finally gotten sober had it not been for your help. Anything I can do to help others as you have helped me, just say the word! I’d be more than honored to be a guest author. I can ramble on for hours, obviously. 😉

    Sincerely,
    Erin

  4. Mike says:

    Hi Erin. Check your email (the one you used to register as a wordpress user so you could comment).

  5. Yalisa says:

    love these pictures. when i look at this asmowee family i can’t help to smile with them. You guys did a great job capturing that bubbly personality there whole family has. love love love these.

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