Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.

I’m not sure the provenance of this quote, but I read it and it really resonated with me, and I’ve found myself repeating it frequently.

18 thoughts on “Find Three Hobbies

    1. These will probably change over time, and maybe even this year, but if I had to answer today it would be: WordPress, running, and reading/writing.

    1. Would it be good to add one more? One hobby that you love doing but also helps others?
      I thought about this book called Drive that I’ve been meaning to read because of the little blurb it has on Amazon (“the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world”), which I think is a great addition to anyone’s guiding principle.

      1. Drive is a good book, I’d recommend it. It’s good to try and have an impact on the world, and you’ll be more effective if your own personal world is in order first.

  1. I’m struggling for number 1. For me, when a hobby become something that make money, then it stops being fun. The reason is, when people pay you to deliver something, then it is usually come with deadline.

    Any thought?

    1. Sunsetmood have you heard of Cognitive dissonance? What it means, in essence is that when something happens to us or we put a lot of effort into something, our brain tells us that the reason we are doing this is because we enjoy doing it, or it was meant to be/god testing us/finding a higher purpose etc if something bad/good happened to you.
      But what also happens when we start making money of our hobby, is that your brain starts telling us that the reason we do this is not because we enjoy it, it’s because it makes us money. So our level of enjoyment dissipates. You also see this when you start rewarding someone for a behavior that they did without reward earlier.
      So the issue is probably not the deadline, but the money. What might help is doing some work for free, not a lot, maybe a couple of hours a week if that is possible. That way you are not doing it just for the money/reward.
      You should read Stumbling on happiness (i think) by Daniel Gilbert.

      And this is great quote. But i feel it should have a fourth hobby as well, one that unwinds you or calms you down.

      Mine are
      1: Mental Health, Physical health, motivation and speaking.
      2: Gymnastics, dance and weights
      3: Cooking and writing
      4: Meditation