A while ago I read The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki.
Arianna Huffington (Huffington post) described it as the 'ultimate entrepreneur handbook'... Who am I to disagree?
There's a section in it where Kawasaki says you should have a mantra.
Something concise and powerful that says why you do what you do.
I used to have mine on my Twitter bio, but rescinded recently and decided to use the space to push my Snapchat account.
But it's still something I try to be mindful of every day.
It's ultra simple: Create, don't consume.
Obviously, there's no way to totally stop consuming, and you wouldn't particularly want to.
But I think the idea is powerful.
Rather than being a consumption machine, look at creating things for others to buy.
It's a double win. You win by the sense of purpose you give yourself.
The happiest people I know are those who put their love, energy and effort into making things... Whatever that may be.
Collecting and consuming other people's stuff is a way to constantly need more and more to get the same fix.
A bit like a drug habit, in a way.
But when you focus on making something new, your time has meaning.
The second benefit is that if you make something of value, people will pay you for it.
They will want to consume your creations.
And that feels so much better than buying.