Just yesterday, I swear it was January…and now here we are entering the 3rd quarter and before you know it, 2014 will be upon us. So I have to ask the question, what have you done so far this year? Seriously, what have you accomplished that you set out to do at the beginning of 2013? It’s time to look at the past eight months and, if need be, take some time to change your course—or pat yourself on the back!
The most pressing question I would ask you is if you are happy. And I mean really happy, not the typical, “Yeah, things are basically good.” I mean the kind of happy that makes you want to get up and attack life every day. The kind of happy that makes you want to pinch yourself to see if this life of yours is a dream. The kind of happy that makes you challenge yourself every single day so you can try and be even more happy (if there is such a thing)!
If the 17-year-old version of you could walk in the room and see you right now, this very second, would he or she be like, “Yeah, this is exactly where I thought I would be!” Or would they slap you and say “What the hell are you doing!” It is a tough question to ask yourself, because we all know the 17-year-old version of ourselves, and I am willing to bet that most of us would NOT be making our younger self proud.
Well, there is no time better than NOW to fix that. Are you still in that job that you said you wanted to quit so you could be a full-time DJ? Are you still scared about the “what ifs”? Are you still staying still? C’mon! Enough already! I have news for you: You will never see the safety net until you jump. The key is, you have to jump.
Of course, you need to be prepared before you jump. But don’t mistake preparation for faith. They are two totally different things. Faith has nothing to do with anything other than you knowing it will work. Preparation is the foundation of knowing why you have the faith. You and I both know you are prepared. Now, all you have to do is have some faith.
Are you still doing every single job that comes along? Are you still scared that no one can do it better than you? Are you tired yet? Stop it. Stop it right now.
You CAN find and train people to help you. You CAN grow your company, even if it is just to one other person. And you CAN take some days off. But you have to have faith. There are plenty of people who can help you through this process.
We could go on and on with the “Are you stills…” but the truth of the matter is, you need to do something about it. We only have so much time on this planet and we only have so many awesome days ahead of us. For crying out loud, just go do what you KNOW you want to do. Work hard at. Create systems that make it scalable. Keep it simple. Do a good job. Practice. Be fair. And most of all, have some faith in yourself. These are all things we learned in 4th grade, but somehow we forgot about them. I venture to say it was right about the time you got your first job where someone else paid you!
Well, only you can make that change. So I will tell you what. Here is my email—email@example.com. Email me three things that you want to accomplish by the end of the year and three things you want to accomplish one year from now. In the subject line write “Three Things.” (I bet I don’t even get 25 emails…proove me wrong!) I will print them out and help push you to reach them. For all the really good ones, I will make sure to include you in the articles I write, so you can be an inspiration to others on their journeys.
Don’t not succeed. Get up and take your life in your own hands and be the happiest you have ever been. Even if that “happy” is way out of your comfort zone. Just give it a shot!
Filed Under: Business, Everything Else, Issue #151, Music, Performing, Sound
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