I swear, each week it gets more and more difficult to keep a consistent blog writing schedule. My life is so random! I will say that working for yourself and becoming your own boss can be HECK schedule wise. However, I have made a firm commitment to putting out a blog every single Monday, so rain or shine, that's what I'll continue to do until my fingers fall off (and then it will probably be just me doing a radio show. Today I would like to talk a bit about the current state of my journey. The past 2 months or so have be extremely busy for me. Which I suppose is a good thing. I would however like to help refocus myself as well as everyone else who is out there trying to do something different with their lives. My simple, yet probably obvious, advice? Keep your eyes on the prize folks.
When I quit my very stable job on Christmas of 2014, I had no plan other than to work for myself. I had no idea what was to come, I just knew that I needed to be free. The thing is, everybody won't take the route that I took. Some like to look at working as a means of funding their true passions. To that I say, go for it! I know many people, especially in NYC, who are working at a job they aren't particularly crazy about, just to pay for other endeavors that they are interested in. This is a pretty practical and normal plan, but I do find that it is easy to get distracted by the the job you are doing "just to pay the bills". At this point, without a job to distract me, I'm not quite sure which is worse... having a job with a sporadic schedule that forces you to plan around, or having to schedule your entire life yourself; work AND play (which could easily be mostly play). In either circumstance, we have to keep focused on why we are doing it all in the first place. A job should definitely be a means and not a distraction.
The one great thing that I have found about creating my own schedule all the time, is the fact that I have a lot of free time for any opportunity that may arise. When employed at a job, you have to work around the schedule that is arranged for you. When working for yourself, YOU decide what is most important or what is priority. I have had a dramatic increase in the things I say yes to these days. The reason why is because I technically have an unlimited amount of free time. Back in the day, I normally would've had to jump through an inordinate amount of hoops adjusting my schedule to accommodate random opportunities that presented themselves. These days, if someone has an event they would like me to attend on short notice, if I feel as though it could be beneficial, I have the power to make a decision on whether or not to cancel or adjust prior plans.
I'm not quite sure who first said this, but there is a saying that goes, "Success is when preparation meets opportunity". It's the truest thing I've ever heard as far as success is concerned. There was a time when I thought it was all just pure luck. The truth is actually that we may be presented with a lucky opportunity, but if we are not prepared, there is no use. Also, we can prepare all of our life, become the greatest singer, musician, artist, whatever it may be, but if we are never exposed to any opportunities, there is no chance for advancement. At this point, I am very open to all forms of opportunities. As far as the preparedness goes, I really do need to work on that. Now, preparedness can mean a lot of different things. It could mean always having a portfolio or business cards with you. It could mean always having a song (and/or dance) prepared to bust out at any moment. This could also mean just being prepared to adjust your schedule to any opportunity that randomly comes your way.
The past few months for me have been filled with last minute trips, job opportunities, creative collaborations, and many exciting offers. I'm glad I had the chance to say yes to it all. On another note, I shouldn't get too distracted with filling up my schedule to the point where I forget about doing what I told myself I would be doing while working for myself. Looking back on my New Years resolution list, I know that one of the things I wanted to accomplish was writing a book. Have I done that yet? Nope! Haven't even gotten close! That's because it's very easy to get distracted in this day and age. I really like to focus on the balance of life, so I will say that we shouldn't close ourselves off to everything out there that the world has to offer, but still keep our end goal in mind.
Last night just so happened to be my first night off in a LONG time, so naturally I watched a bunch on youtube videos. I was also feeling a few Obama withdrawals, so I watched a lot of interviews of his (he's so freakin' cute and charismatic... I could watch him do anything for hours). There was one interview in particular in which him and Michelle were talking to Oprah. Now this interview was shortly after he took office, so the conversation was geared towards his primary orders of business. They also discussed how his birth certificate came into question, and how the lines between media and politics have become blurred. At a point Oprah began talking about a documentary during the civil rights movement called "Eyes on the Prize". She asked Obama if he thought the American people had lost their focus as to what "the prize" ultimately is. He replied that the American people haven't necessarily lost their focus, but we do get distracted all the time. I personally don't want to lose focus OR get distracted, but I know that it is very easy for both to happen. In the midst of everything going on, I believe that we do need to keep in mind what it is that we are doing it all for. If you aren't sure, I think that now is the perfect time to sit on down and ask yourself. At the very end of the day, aren't we all just on a quest for happiness? Eh, at least that's MY goal.
P.s. It's unfortunate that our next president won't be as cute. Also, I've noticed he doesn't have the support of any cool musicians. White House performances are about to be super boring.
P.p.s. It's much easier to keep your eyes on the prize of short term goals (such as saving up for something you really wanna buy). But a life goal is much less immediate and far more ongoing, so a lot seems to get in the way before a life goal is fulfilled.
P.p.p.s. I know that filling up every waking moment of free time with stuff SEEMS like you are getting things done, but if these things aren't adding up to anything real, they are simply distracting... I need to keep that in mind my darn self!