I’ve been obsessed with two ideas for the past few weeks: finding joy and creating value. I think they’re two sides of the same coin. What causes me joy should create value, if only in the joy I foster in my audience. Similarly, what brings value to my audience should have some value, some joy, to or for me.
To find joy is to identify one’s strengths, to embrace them, and to work on them. It is not to identify a passion, which can be altogether fleeting. It is to find something worth pursuing for an extended length of time and to pursue that thing with all of one’s energy despite how hard or frustrating that thing sometimes is.
The question becomes how to turn something that brings joy into something that adds value to an audience. I take joy in my writing, but I know I need to continue to tweak it so that it brings more value to my audience. I have to measure my efforts and adapt accordingly. At the same time, I have to find a way to create value without losing the joy. I have to hold onto my voice and my ideas. I can’t get lost in the echo chamber. I have to find and hold onto the joy. I have to create value for my audience.
What things bring you joy? How do you turn those things into things of value to and for your audience?