by • August 16, 2013 • FoundersComments (2)1322


While you’re waiting for the bus, do you open up a game or your notebook? When you’re bored at home, do you fire up reddit or a text editor?

Downtime is important. I’m not categorically against the former. But I do find my life feels considerably more meaningful when I’m in the habit of doing the latter.

I remember an old post by Patrick (which I can’t find for the life of me) where he was talking about getting over his 20-hour-a-week World of Warcraft habit. The gist was that figuring out SEO and Adwords was a more interesting (and profitable) game to be playing which ultimately satisfied the same parts of his brain as goofing around in Azeroth.

These things cycle. I don’t think it’s a permanent choice. But it is a choice, built on habits. Creation unwinds us in the same way as consumption, while consumptions burns up our creative needs. One side wins.

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2 Responses to Consume/create

  1. Mike says:

    This is an amazing post. Even though it is so short, it captures my thoughts exactly, and I guess you could say it is the kick in the ass I needed. :) Thanks for writing this.

  2. sisili says:

    This is a really good read for me. Must agree that you are one of the coolest blogger I ever saw.
    Thank you for this very interesting infographic ! I’m talking about Google Venice on my blog.