When people who have a high need for achievement have an extra half hour of time or an extra ounce of energy, they’ll unconsciously allocate it to activities that yield the most tangible accomplishments. And our careers provide the most concrete evidence that we’re moving forward.
Clayton M. Christensen on How Will You Measure Your Life?
Learning new hobbies, on the other hand, requires a spending lots of time failing before it becomes even remotely fun & magical. For adults, this valley is far more painful for than for children, because adults are supposed to be good at stuff! And for over-achievers accustomed to a steady cadence of reward—Study hard, get an A this quarter, get into top college, get more As, get into HBS—the uncertain payoff schedule of self-learning is even more daunting.
Speaking of fail, OP-1 WHY U NO WORK AS MIDI CONTROLLER IN ABLETON?
Update: Yay, got it to work.