Yes, there are countless books and articles on the subject. And yes - its well known that supposedly successful people are able to say “No” to the projects that are not their primary focus. Knowing and understanding all of this - you still have to deal with the reality of new ideas - potential new avenues to explore for personal growth, new business opportunities - or perhaps some form of design experimentation.
I’m not talking about drastic shifts here - I’m not saying you should drop painting your kitchen and go learn how to become a baker. The challenge is closer to if you’re learning how to bake - and all of a sudden have the urge to make a cooking book. Do you say no to the urge? And continue along learning how to bake? Or do you embrace the new avenue and explore it?
I’m on the side of exploring the new idea. I think there is a way to do it correctly without having to say no. The key is to ensure it meets your end goal. Working backwards from that goal - asking if the new idea (or avenue of exploration) would be a positive addition or a negative distraction? If it’s something that’s might be negative and is detrimentalto your end goal - guess what - it doesn’t make sense to spend time on it. But if this new idea brings you closer, even if it’s very slightly closer, to your goal - then I suggest to embrace it.
I’m doing it. I might regret it later - but it’s now an itch I need to scratch. I’ll likely do my next post on the core idea I’d like to explore - hopefully this idea sticks around at least until tomorrow.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.