Creative people are sometimes accused of living in a fantasy world, far out of reach of reality. Perhaps you’re one of them. Maybe you’ve been told your imagination is too big for your own good, and you should stop dreaming before you fall too far down the rabbit hole.
As an entrepreneur, blogger, and author, I’ve often been chastised for not choosing a “real job”; for thinking outside the box and making the decision to enter the Perilous Realm. I’ve been looked down on for pouring myself into writing instead of “doing life”. But what if these things—the fanciful and the practical don’t have to be at war with each other?
Do you know one of those people who always seems to get things done on time? They never fail to study for a test or put out a blog post on schedule, and you’re asking yourself—how do they do it?
If you’re like me, you sometimes struggle with procrastination. You’ve got good ideas and you know you need to make a deadline, but something just isn’t clicking. It doesn’t feel right and your productivity suffers.
Sam bought some beautiful flowers for my birthday. He made sure they were my favorite kind and cared for them so that they were flawless when he gave them to me.
As I brought them to my desk, I noticed another vase from a previous gift filled with wilted, red carnations. And I realized something about beauty. It is too often forgotten.
I’m one of those people who hates to say no. And since you’re here, you’re probably one of those people, too. You’re a high achiever with a large vision and big goals. In other words, you’re my kind of person.
Being a high achiever is, in my opinion, one of the best traits a person can have. I respect people who value excellence and who work hard for their goals. But sometimes it is in your best interest to use that word you hate.
Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “Man, they have it all together”? We all know that person who seems like they have no lack of confidence, whether it’s related to writing, blogging, speaking, or even playing a sport.
When we see confident people, one of the first questions that comes to mind is: how? How do they do it? How does she always write with such impact? How does he always shine on camera? Where did that confidence come from, and how can I get it?
We live in a time where virtually anything is possible. We have luxuries nobody had in the past; things like technology, the internet, social media, and more. We live in a time when it is more possible than ever to make a difference.
Most of us like the idea of making a difference, right? We like to imagine ourselves as the hero we’ve read about in stories or seen on the big screen. We dream of adventures and the Perilous Realm, waiting for that magical moment when we will feel like a hero—and that’s the problem.
We live in a society that tells us success comes with constant hustle. In order to rise to the top, you’ve got to rush here, run there, and keep up with everything. There’s no time for silence.
This hustle is damaging to romance. It hurts your relationship with the person you love most and causes disconnect to grow between you. As creatives, it’s easy for us to fall prey to the mindset of constantly hustling in order to make it, but what if this mentality is causing more harm than good?