The journey never ends and our work is never done. The Harsh Reality of Life is that we never seem to be where we want to be. The question is how do we get there? This podcast addresses how we can take steps to achieve our goals and get where we are trying to go.
- Determine your objective - A lot of times we get frustrated because we are tacking aimlessly in the wind. This is because we do not have a plan or we are not sticking to our plan. For example, because the music industry has changed, my goal is to create art and out of that identify product that can be sold. This may mean live performances, this may mean digital downloads, whatever the case, that is my objective and I stick to that plan.
- Stop spending money on stupid shit so you can invest - You're going to blow through a lot of money figuring out what works and what doesn't. This means instead of buying that new handbag or whatnot, tuck that money away to invest in your business or artistic career. Just think every dollar you spend on something you don't need could be a dollar you spend towards making your dollars larger. Money also buys you freedom and time. The more of it you have the less stuff you will have to do in order to survive.
- Change your environment - I went to Mexico because I was tired of all the noise that was around me. Granted, I created more noise while I was there, the separation helped me to see things from a different perspective. Back home at the USA, if you're spending all your time up at the bar or working a job you don't like, figure out how you can change that so you can have more energy to work on what you want to do.
- Fire friends, partners and spouses that don't evolve - The Harsh Reality of Life is that sometimes we have to let people go to move to a better place in life. Some people get comfortable, establish roots and never change. While that is perfectly fine, it's not suited well for anyone who is trying to reach their fullest potential. If the people around you are downplaying your goals, then it's time to put a new set of people around you.
- Don't be afraid to go at it alone - Sometimes it takes a while for people to see or understand your vision. When they don't, you're going to be all by yourself until you have a breakthrough or until whatever it is you're trying to present improves to the level that other people understand it. This can leave you going at it alone, which is scary. People are scared of the dark and that fear leads people to not take action.
- Try to connect with like minded people - I always see people get frustrated and look to me for the answers to whatever it is that they're trying to do. Just cause you're creative doesn't mean another creative can help you. If you're a circus monkey, go find other circus monkeys to hang out with so y'all can build a show for the traveling bonanza.
- Take some time off - This doesn't necessarily have to be a vacation. Taking time away from the problem always helps and may allow you to return to that problem with a new perspective at a later time. I have been on numerous extended trips where I was ready to come home and return to my problem.
- Talk to an old person - Old people are a great resource for timeless wisdom. I learned a lot from old blues artists that were in their 80s and 90s when I was in my teens. Sometimes they can give you a great perspective on where you are in your life so you learn to chill out a bit and not be so upset with your current situation.
- Chill out - If you're ambitious it sucks not being where you want to be but the reality is that even your so-called shit situation is potentially better than most. If you're like me sometimes you need to get that perspective when you start becoming pouty about what you don't have.