“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein
“I don’t have time.” “Really?” I asked my brother, “You can’t carve out even a few minutes?” “Oh, I don’t know.” He responded. “I might.”
This is my challenge to you and slightly a back handed public challenge to my brother. Start creating content. Not tomorrow, or the day after, right now. There will always be excuses to why you won’t start. Notice that I didn’t say “can’t,” because you can and you should.
What’s the difference between someone successful and you? They didn’t need to get paid to do what they love. They did it for fun and they did it a lot.
Life is complicated. Most of us have either busy jobs or jobs that we dislike that drain us. It’s not often that you work 40 to 70 hours a week then decide that you want to make something. However, as an artist, you can’t grow if you don’t take the time to create something. Is your dream important to you? How bad do you want it? Do you keep telling yourself that you’re going to quit your job and then you’ll have time to do what you love?
You’re full of it and you know it. Stop making excuses. Whatever kind of artist you are needs to be cultivated. If you don’t practice you’ll never get good at what you love and you’ll never get to do what you love full time. That’s a promise.
You don’t have to start big. Decide that you’re going to wake up 30 minutes earlier in the morning and do what you love for just 15 minutes. Drink a cup off coffee then paint, write, practice monologues, etc.
Starting small will make doing what you love a habit and will give your life purpose. You’ll be surprised at how 15 minutes will turn into 2 hours and how inspiration and passion will fill your life. You’ll start to be you again.
There is never enough time. You’ll never find it no matter what job you have. Find your passion and pursue it or you’ll live in the land of “what ifs” forever.