A dear friend of mine who is very multi-talented was sharing with me his many projects and plans. In his talking he said he worked from 6am to 7pm, yet he never goes into an office. It made me look at my work hours as an independent musician. I could immediately ascertain that I didn’t wake up at 6am to do anything for fun, but I could attest to working even more hours than a 9-5, as passion work sometimes has you working almost anytime.
So ask yourself, do you treat your passion like a 9-5? And if the answer is no, then it is something you should consider, if you really love what it is your passion is. A 9-5 doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work in those hours, but it means that you must treat your passion with the respect of a job, and honour the activities and the responsibilities that accompany it, from punctuality to following up with people to absolutely divine customer service.
So if your passion is simply a hobby, but you want it to flourish into something bigger, consider treating it like a 9-5. Make a list. Wake up at a specific time and start to tackle the duties for the day. You may be surprised at the rewards you reap.
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A few days ago I returned to NY for the very first time since moving back to Jamaica in January. I have huge issues with transitions of any shape or form, and it takes me at least 72 hours to re-acclimatize at times. As exciting as the diversity and individuality of NYC is, it reminded me of how lonely a life NY can be. Practically everything that I know is in Jamaica. It is my soil where my roots are anchored. When I am uprooted I feel like I’m in a strange and unfamiliar territory, where all that I know and love is gone, and once again… I’M ALONE.
I got a callback audition for a huge opportunity in Jamaica just as I came to New York, and instead of getting upset about missing it, I decided I would be grateful for having a voice to sing, knowledge of the audition so that I could share my talent, and enough talent to get a callback. Until I’m filthy rich and can take planes like buses, or split myself into multiple functional pieces, it makes no sense to be upset about the missed opportunity. Instead I hope and pray for many more like that one in my future.
In every life experience there are two sides. Two ways to look at a situation. You have a choice to pick a side. Choose the right side. The positive side. Be grateful for the fruit that the opportunity you have chosen will bear. Complaining and comparing will drain your life energy. Be energized by being happy for others, and embracing the good in what you have and what you are given…In essence ‘Be Grateful’.