there is a great amount of joy to be found in diving into something so fully as to master it. the self-confidence you build, the sense of accomplishment you feel when you—after hours upon hours of hard work—finally take a look around and know that you’ve reached the top… that’s an important aspect of anyone’s life.
“what man can be, he must be,” abraham maslow said. but it’s important to understand the cost.
when those things we dive into prevent us from nurturing our existing relationships and fostering new ones, or usurp so much time as to preclude us from developing ancillary skills, or narrow our focus to such a great degree as to make it difficult to step back and see the larger picture, then our pursuits can become dangerous and unhealthy—despite the rewards.
diving in is great. just make sure you’re coming up for air.