I remember reading a Seth Godin blog post where he wrote, "Your job is a great place to hide. Because, after all, if you're doing your job, how can you fail? Get in trouble? Make a giant error?"
That quote resonated with me because I see too many people using their job as a shield from the meaningful work they want to do, but fail to accomplish due to "being soooooo overloaded at work."
Really? Is your job crushing your passion for creating value out of what truly tickles your blood? Or are you using it as a blanket fort to hide from the responsibility of tackling your Next Big Project?
I'm speaking from experience. When I was working full-time, I would use the heavy amount of work one week to deflect from starting a spoken word project the next week. I'm too tired from all that work last week, I would say to myself. I need some downtime, some brainless TV maybe.
I'm done with making excuses for not doing what I want to do with my art. Now that I have a flex schedule and can't blame a 9to5 job for soaking up my time, a weight has been lifted on my chest. I'll soon be embarking on an Ontario poetry tour, and have three grants submitted for some very ambitious projects that would take me from Halifax to Victoria.
Be your own boss. Get creative with solving the challenge of finding time to GET SHIT DONE!
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