I Can’t Not Write

The other week Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature, spoke at Claremont at the Athenaeum.

He said something really profound: When people ask him why he writes, he says, among other things, that he can’t not write.

Writing may make you miserable, but it makes you less miserable than other pursuits.

The day after Pamuk’s speech, I was on the phone with some business undergrads. They asked if I was going to start more companies in the future. I pondered the question, and then answered, “Yes. It’s not that I love business or entrepreneurship so much. In fact, I find other disciplines more stimulating. But it’s that I can’t not start more companies. There’s some entrepreneurial bone within me that I’m sure will force me to start more things in the future.”

What do you do not because you necessarily love it, but because you can’t not do it?

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