Derek Sivers shares this vision, although a little more hardcore.
I’m ambitiously focused on creating
More than anything, I want to make lots of stuff. I want to make articles, books, websites, music, companies, systems, apps, and especially new ideas.
This shapes most of my life decisions. Saying no to almost everything, so I can have lots of time for making.
Another snippet from his about page:
I also want to learn lots of stuff, especially different approaches to thinking and living. That’s why I read so much non-fiction, and want to keep moving around the world.
I connect with those who stretch, strive, and grow. I can’t relate to those who chill, hang out, watch TV, party, etc.
I’ve optimized my life for creating and learning. I’ve cut out most things from my life that most normal people do — (like hanging out or media consumption) — in pursuit of my bigger goal.
It’s a vision that I strive to adopt as well. No TV, no online videos, no distractions on the web. Just creating. For now, that involves creating software that respects people, their freedom and their privacy. When you cut out consumption, there is more time for exploration.
I also found that people don’t necessarily need to consume what you produce. Even if nobody consumes what you produce, you still grow in the act of producing, far more than you would through mindless consumption.
Thanks for the article, Pat.