Mike Pegg as always has some great thoughts on continuously creating and developing work that is satisfying.
Stage one is your ‘seed corn’. You plant lots of seeds and explore many possibilities. Some seeds grow and people show interest. You also put extra effort into the projects you find stimulating.
Stage two is ‘satisfying work’. You become obsessed with the fulfilling activities and begin searching for funding.
Stage three is your ‘salary earner’. Translating the satisfying work into money-earning activities, you feel on top of the world. After awhile you may want to move on, however, especially if you experience the final step.
Stage four is your ‘spent force’. The cash is still coming in, but performing the activities no longer generates energy. That does not matter – providing you have been continuing the development cycle and nurturing your next crop of seed corn.