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You Really Wanna Go There? – Finding Out What It Takes & If You’ve Got The Mettle

“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard.

At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years.

Eventually, your hard work will pay off.”

– Kevin Hart

The woman sat down with the scholar. She was curious to experience what the Socratic method was all about and took the challenge by the horns.

I mean, what would it be to simply have her preaching the virtues of contemplation if she wasn’t willing to go through it herself?

The scholar pummeled her with questions to get to the root of her beliefs about what was true.

All it managed to do was to raise her awareness of the inconsistencies of why she wanted to make a documentary about philosophy in the first place.

After rigorous questioning she finally admitted that she didn’t have the answers and said: “I give up. I give up!”

She’d gone into the project wanting to share her love and knowledge of the philosophers and now she was forced to confront her assumptions about what it really meant to do that.

Wayne Dyer - Your Erroneous ZonesWould you let him touch yours? Pleeease?

Waltzing blindly into a project can be way better than staring at all the obstacles that lay ahead.

At the same time we might be better off with a little more reflection on what it will take.

In this woman’s case, she ultimately stayed focused on the task she’d undertaken. Even with the realization that she might not be doing it for the same reasons she thought.

It was still far more important for her to do create than it was to do it for the “right reasons”.

Perhaps she should’ve thought about it sooner, perhaps it was good that she learned this lesson now. Either way it’s something she can bring along to her next rodeo.

RodeoTotes legit entertainment. Not stressful at all.

This type of self-examination isn’t easy. It requires you to be really honest with yourself about what you’re willing to do. I know, scary stuff!

Let’s take a look at that initial quote by Kevin Hart again, shall we?

“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard.

At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years.

Eventually, your hard work will pay off.”

Do you in your heart of hearts believe that? Are you willing work 18 hours a day on what you want to achieve?

Are you in love with the process? In love with what you want to achieve? So much so you’re willing to do it without pay? Without recognition?

We’re all different. We need to accept that. Not everybody is willing or capable for that level of commitment.

Some might argue that if you’re not willing to do that then you shouldn’t even bother.

That’s bullshit, and I’ll tell you why.

GrinderI used to be grinder like you, then I took a burnout in the brain.

I loved every second of it. It felt like non-stop action.

After a couple of months I just hit a brick wall. I got physically ill and had to re-evaluate what the hell I was doing.

Even if my mind wanted to keep going my body said no. I ate pretty well, exercised, felt mentally fit on 6 hours of sleep. What was not to like?

Finally, I came to the realization that this lifestyle just wasn’t for me. I needed to listen up right now or I’d end up regretting it.

Understanding the fact that I need to pace myself has been so rewarding.

Sure, I still get antsy whenever I see people who are “outworking” me and want to compete. But I remind myself that it ain’t for me.

I might not get the same rewards as those people get. But I’m OK with that. Now I don’t have to crash every couple of months for weeks on end trying to keep up the tempo.

I’ll actually move faster by having those 2 extra hours of sleep, I might do better by spending 3 hours playing video games or reading a book.

It’s become obvious I need to move at a slower rate than others, but I know that I’ll get there eventually.

TMNTThese mutated slowpokes know what I’m talking about!

That being said, it’s equally as important for me to be able say no to hanging out on weekends or doing other fun stuff when I know I want to get shit done.

Some people have asked me: “Why does it seem like you’re constantly doing fun/interesting things?”

For me it works like a mini celebration/reminder for “I did this, so I got to do that!”-kind of thing.

I love the process of working with people and helping the world get a little more creative.

What I don’t usually share might be something like the fact that in between writing this post I’ve been back and forth to the laundry, running around in a ratty T-shirt & baggy shorts, hair in a ponytail.

All the while talking to people on the phone, messaging on Facebook, going through illustrations and listening to mixes of songs.

It’s not sexy. It’s not glamorous. It’s the daily grind.

I used to do it from the moment I woke up until 20 minutes before I crashed watching some YouTube.

I’ve also been on the opposite side. Not working at all. Only “enjoying myself”. That also, by the way, lead to being depressed as hell.

Now that you know what it takes, the key is to strike the right balance for yourself.

VR HelmetReality check, yo!

Are 19 hour days working for you? Is 8 hours a day, 5 days a week perfect? Are you perhaps one of those who gets all they need from working 4 hours a week?

Let me know in the comments & hit me up on Twitter.

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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