My name is Dave. I'm a goalaholic.
by Dave Winer Friday, July 29, 2016

Jason Fried wrote that he's never had a goal, and Jason Kottke writes that he's the same. 

I myself have had many goals, and even achieved some. 

I don't understand how you can not have a goal. 

You might say I am a goal-oriented person. Even goal-driven.  Sometimes to a fault. 

There are times when in retrospect it would have been better to give up and pursue a different goal. I've wasted a fair amount of time throwing good money after bad. 

I remember as a kid, saying to my father that I couldn't understand how anyone would choose to not be directed to do great things with their life. I was hoping he would tell me what he was trying to do. He said most people don't have goals. 

I don't understand people without goals, the same way Leo McGarry in The West Wing says he doesn't understand people who aren't alcoholics.

I don't understand people who have one drink. I don't understand people who leave half a glass of wine on the table. I don't understand people who say they've had enough. How can you have enough of feeling like this? How can you not want to feel like this longer? (He sighs.) My brain works differently.

Anyway, this comes at an interesting time for me, as I'm contemplating the possibility of going non-goal-oriented at least for a while. So maybe my goal now is to figure out how not to have a goal. 

It's hard to escape one's nature. ;-)