“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”—Leonardo Da Vinci
We can mold that quote into something similar for the purpose of this article:
“Doing something without desire spoils the heart, and it makes you hate what you’re doing.
Doing something you don’t want to do is simply BORING. And that’s what makes doing it really hard. Something that’s really boring = a really hard and uninteresting job to carry out. But sometimes it’s actually significantly consequential to do the thing you don’t want to do- to do the thing you want to do. (Let that sink in) Now, do you get what I mean?
Athletes; even when they don’t want to get up everyday at 4:00 AM to train. It’s really important for them to do so, if they want to be Olympians.
People who don’t like neither want to do their day job, it’s really important for them to do so, if they wish to support their family and/or save up money for doing something of their own.
And there’s various other examples which you can add on to the list.
For many things you need to do something you don’t want to do, to do something you want to do or achieve. Although it would be ideal to want to do whatever comes forth in the process and enjoy the present.
But there are sometimes when you really don’t want to do something but still do that thing, not because you need to do it to be somewhere or to do something you want to do; but for other individual, personal or obligated reasons. I do it almost everyday and I abhor every second of it. I just can’t do what I don’t want to do when I observe that doing it won’t add up to anything that I want. I’m just not interested. And it’s the exact opposite with the thing I want to do. Like the articles on my blog. I write one everyday, no matter what, because I want to do it and so it’s really easy, which is to say that it’s fun and interesting for me to write. You see, sometimes people realize that doing something that they don’t want to do at present will really help them with something they want, in the future, that’s what motivates them to do the task at hand.
Like for the standard student in high school, the force that motivates him to study is grades.
But when you don’t have something like those A+ sheets that motivate you to do what you don’t want to do, the task for you gets really fruitless and that’s why it gets uninteresting. It isn’t “hard” for you to do it, but it’s something which you find meaningless, and so don’t really “study” because the outcome (good grades) is not what you want.
One would think, Well, why don’t you stop doing it if it’s so meaningless to you and produces no desired result?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer to that.
But I know that I don’t want to do what I don’t want to do. Because doing it will do more harm than good, to the person doing it and the task which involves what the individual is doing.