ABOUT BREAKING BAD HABITS
“Being more honest with where you are now is the only way to get to where you want to be.” I believe that now. For right brain thinking young people - operating a business in the creative industry is hard. We face so many challenges from throwing ourselves into the stereotypes of young people, creative people and fantastical thinkers. It’s culturally accepted that these “people” are -by virtue of being creative and young- lazy strugglers with little discipline or work ethics. I was happy to join the percentage, happy to have an easy explanation as to why I never publish part two of any of my multi-part blog series. I got so used to owning up to being lazy as though it was ok because it was expected from ME; you know .. a young creative.
The truth is; creativity and productivity are married concepts, and in accepting that I'm accepting insurmountable success and progress into my life and business. There’s a point were all young creatives must reach where they will see a definitive line between continuing to live wild, free and poor or to live managed, disciplined and successful. Many before me will explain how they balanced themselves on that line for as long as they could. Now these wild ones ‘before me’ -most of whom are in their late forties- assume roles of mentors, adjudicators and the ultimate cautionary tales.
The thing with me was that I got way too used to making a lump sum of coins then doing nothing then going broke then scoring an amazing idea because I went broke and had to. I worked because I needed to work, and I know that’s generally why people work or at best that’s usually our first answer as to why we labour for pay. But for me - in between gigs I didn’t have a solid fiscal plan to help me matriculate from one high paying job to the next. Instead of climbing the ladder of success I was parkouring my way through the valley of the shadow of the struggle. From a big cheque to a stipend, to a heavy bank transfer and right back down to tin mackerel money - my ‘career’ run has been dizzying to say the least.
My whole aim of wanting to work tirelessly for six months then relax for the next six months was foolish. It was some ‘maverick’ on TV or a line from a TED Talk video I reckon I got that concept from. That’s for the one percent who inherited their start-up capitals, not me. It is only through constantly thinking and creating that I'm able to succeed at all. I have to stay in the game. I need to create with the mindset that my ‘studio’ is on Wall street and not in Soho. I'm applying the concept of self-control all throughout my lethargic lifestyle. I’m changing my mindset to consider myself a business creative with a creative business and that starts now.