Yesterday I described John Boyd's bloody-mindedness as the perfect example of extreme disagreement as a type of creative fuel, where bloody-mindedness is a finer grained name for love, the first prerequisite of the creative process. The second prerequisite is theft, because a blank canvas has too many possibilities. These things need to happen before you can create anything new:
Today I wanted to very briefly describe a framework for finding what you "love". That is, how can you find things that utterly fascinate and completely capture your attention, where they naturally draw you into a flow state such that you have no sense of time passing? And how can one then proceed to cultivate this enjoyable state?
Here's my take for a compressed framework to maximise for interesting:
I use "wunder" as shorthand for wunderkammer, which translates from German as a "cabinet of curiosities". I previously used the garden metaphor to describe wunderkammer: it's a place where one keeps their discoveries as a collection and allows them to bloom.
It's worth translating my lingo here. These "3 Ws" roughly map to:
…but I think the "3 Ws" step flow is far more interesting.
In summary: to find what you love, maximise for interesting. Go wander. Stop and wonder. Collect what you discover in a wunderkammer place.