Near the end of Daniel Pinkâ€™s book, Drive, I found this quote:
â€œBeing a professional, is doing the things you love to do, on the days you donâ€™t feel like doing them.â€ Â – Julius Irving.
Itâ€™s wonderfully insightful and is exactly the inspiration I needed. Even though I love what I do, sometimes, I just donâ€™t feel like doing it. Sure, I work on games for a living, but itâ€™s still work. Sure, Iâ€™m passionate about learning as much as I can every day, but sometimes, I just want to watch True Blood with my wife or mix it up in League of Legends with my son.
So this quote, from Dr J is just perfect. First, it reminds me that itâ€™s okay to have those off days. Failure isnâ€™t imminent just because Iâ€™ve lost the motivation to work out the kinks in an interface or do more research for a new design. And then, at the same time, it gives me just the slightest kick in the pants. It reminds me that a true professional will get in there and do it anyway.
It reminds me that mastery is a lifelong journey. And a choice we make each day.