The Northern Star
Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning
“What a man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.”
"Some people can’t help but do what they feel deeply called on to do. They get up every morning, and they don’t stop until they find the space in which to do what they love. Whether it’s painting, programming, medicine, writing, acting or mechanical engineering — they know deep down that it’s their calling to do that one thing.
Their love of what they do drives them to eventually become great. They become sought-after talent, but they don’t care about that. They’d be doing the same thing even if they never got paid. They find, as David calls it, "That Which Pulls You Through” — "the thing that is so strong it can fuel you through the inevitable discomfort of making your art real.”
They also (whether consciously or not) know when they’ve found what David calls “The Pump”, which is when you can feel your heartbeat speed up as you hit flow. It’s "a sure way to power through the start of a project, and if you get good at sensing it, it can also keep you going when things get tough.”