For the first time in history, we have this unique opportunity to truly get paid to be ourselves.
The platforms and communities exist that will allow us to do the things we love, the way we want to do them, and sustain ourselves while doing so.
The hardest part is just showing up.
Yes, any amount of work is still work. But any reasonable person can agree that work you enjoy doing on your own terms is the best type of work there is.
As you slow down into the holidays and finally have a chance to breathe, seriously think about the type of life you want to live. Think about the impact you want to make on your friends, community or the world at large.
Then ask yourself, “What platform or medium do I need to leverage to have that impact?”
Spend some time on YouTube learning how other people do it.
Go to the library and borrow a book about whatever it is.
And don’t shy away from making it known that you’re still learning.
Once you have an understanding of how to leverage the platforms and tools that are out there to help you succeed…just show up on day 1.
More importantly, show up for day 2.
Then show up on day 3 with notes on how you can improve.
And if you don’t take anything else away from this, then remember the following:
Do it for you.
You’ll hear other people spewing negativity at first. They’ll tell you to be realistic or that you’re too old for that.
It might come from your friends or even inside your own house.
But don’t fold. The only way you can show up as your best self for other people is if you take care of yourself first. So stay focused.
And for those people who are afraid that it will take a long time to design the life they want to live, remember this:
Today seemed very far away 12 months ago. 12 months from now will always be 12 months later.
Regardless of whether you do anything to improve your quality of life today, time will still pass. And God willing you’re still alive to see it. So it’s in your best interest to make a change today because time moves forward with or without you.
Choose yourself and stand on it.
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