Sunday, January 31, 2010

Finding What You NEED To Do

I like being at Chicago Booth. I appreciate the low risk environment, and I'm enjoying my life as a student. But last quarter (my first 10 weeks of school) I developed a nagging itch that needed to be scratched. It was an itch that I never felt when I was working in China. I just realized what was causing it.

I need to create things.

It's more than a desire. I have discovered that I actually become uncomfortable when I go a long period of time without creating.

In China, writing sales copy fulfilled the need, and I felt great. But when I came back to school, I stopped creating so that I could focus on my studies. I started feeling uneasy a few weeks into the first quarter, but I didn't understand why.

Now I know the reason. I wasn't fulfilling my need to create.

I recently started programming in my spare time. The nagging itch is gone. I'm energized again. Coding is quenching my thirst for creation.

I have a suspicion that everybody has their own need that must be met. I just hope that everybody has the chance to recognize it. Once the need's been spotted, it's easy to fulfill.