So, I know I’ve tried 2 hobbies this week. I’ve been going on street bike rides all week, and last night around 1 o’clock, I was sitting in my desk chair with a pair of needle nose pliers, some thin wire, a wire cutter, and some tiny glass bottles from the last time I tried any sort of jewelry making. It’s a pretty normal routine for ENTPs to pick up and drop hobbies here and there. It’s just an intellectual pursuit, for kicks. Something to pick the brain and see if we can do.
The thing is, though, is that there’s untold value that we’re just missing by whirlwinding through this. And now, I’m not saying that “Oh, if you don’t stick with something, you’re wasting your time.”. No, I wouldn’t be here if that was my mentality. What I’m saying is that with minimal effort, you can make something really great by steering into the skid and embracing the scattered hobbies.
Thomas Jefferson, great scatterbrain he was, created a system allegorical to how I have begun to treat hobbies. He created a revolving book stand that allowed him to flip between books on a whim, and to go back to others, eventually. That’s how ENTPs can get the most out of those hobbies.
When you get bored of one thing, stop. Go on to the next thing. But, after about two hobbies, try instead going back, especially if it’s a craft (woodwork, crochet, etc.). I, personally, have finished several projects with this method, things that take hours of cumulative effort. But, whenever I have free time, when deciding what I want to do, if my current fascination doesn’t excite me, I go back to the second, third, or fourth in the past, and give it a try. Often, the boredom isn’t because I want something new, but because I want something different, and if it has been a bit since that hobby, I’m fresh enough to pick it up and be interested in it again.
So, next time you, as an ENTP, are looking for a new thing or obsession, trying looking back. You might be able to use your cumulative effort to make something.
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