I have a fairly strange problem in that I have a very hard time caring about things. Examples are food, friends, places, money, girls or so. Now this is a quite serious problem making my life quite dull but that is just a background to what I want to ask about: So, no matter what you got to do something or you will get bored out of your mind. I followed the path of physics/maths, higher studies are free in Sweden and I am quite good at those subjects so I thought that maybe that path would be the easiest. Now I have no problems with the subjects, but I realize that sooner or later I would need to start working on things to give results, and to do that you need to be passionate about what you do or you wont get anywhere. How do you start to care about a subject, about a project, about anything at all really? I am not really looking for an answer, that probably doesn't exist. But I would like to see peoples input. In a way I care, but no more than the fact that it is fun to understand things. Also you gain a kind of respect from people since you do something, but for me I do it more because doing anything else would be more work instead of me actually caring about it and I want to do something so it was the easiest path to take. Or is it possible to just dip around in various subjects working a bit here and there, meaning that you wont sit around doing so much on the same thing that you get bored about it unless your passion kicks in? Note: I am not asking about how to pass courses with good grades, I know I can do that without really working. My worries are more that I wont find anything interesting enough to write a doctor's thesis on. As it is now I just hope that my talent will last me through everything, that I will never have to start "working" and instead just breeze through everything like I have so far. But it doesn't take a genius to realize that the chance of that being true is minimal. So I better prepare, I just don't know how. To start with something easier to get things going, why did you chose to study physics/maths? Is it possible to get anywhere in those subjects without caring about them? My guess is that it is easier to thrive in physics/maths without caring compared to most other things you can do that isn't mindless. There are much less worthless assignments and such that you have to grind through to get a degree, instead you just have to make sure that you understand everything and you are set. PS. I am sorry that this post is so badly structured, I didn't really know how to put these things and I am not sure what kind of replies I want. So just write/ask something that pops into your mind and I will read/answer.