“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” is a great line from Emerson. If there’s no enthusiasm in what you do, it won’t be remarkable and certainly won’t connect with people on an emotional basis. But, if you put that magic energy into all of your work, you can create something that touches people on a deeper level. How can you bring MORE enthusiasm into your work? What do you have to think or believe about your work to be totally excited about it? Answer it now.
There’s no one thing that makes me excited about my work – there’s a whole bunch of them. Sometimes one is sufficient, sometimes it’s a combination.
Creativity excites me, and the more so when I feel that what I’m doing is also original. (To clarify that point: Watchmen is a creative work, but also a derivative one, and I tend to feel that most of my stuff is a little derivative.)
Newness excites me – it’s easy to be excited by even a very dull thing if it’s the first time that I have done it.
Worthiness excites me – when I feel that what I am doing is in accordance with my values and contributes something useful to society as a whole, that excites me.
The thought of my work’s reception excites me – I admit, I’m a tad vain and shallow at times, and positive feedback is always an excitement to me. Every so often, I create something that I know as I’m doing it will get that positive reaction, and that is exciting enough to be almost a drug to me.
Oddly enough, the thought of money doesn’t excite me that much – I have to force myself to work at times, which is less than great – but it’s always when the only reason to do a thing is for the money. I like money just fine, but it doesn’t make me want to kill myself for it.