I remember a time about 4 years ago when I felt like I had ideas pouring out of my mind. I walked around with a notepad capturing my thoughts. And then I would tell people all of my ideas and watch as they squirmed and replied with:
-“You sound really busy.”
-“How’s the job-hunt going?”
-“I’m not really a technology person.” (Neither am I.)
-“When do you sleep?”
And then friend suggested that I figure out a way to “back-burner” ideas and prioritized the most important ones from the other. THIS bit of wisdom has been a constant guide for the past 3 years.
You see, I had a family to feed and bills to pay. When I wasn’t looking for a job I was connecting, blogging…really whatever I could do to get leads for my freelance work. I have to tell you , that when you hustle like I did for 4-5 years, it did several things to me:
-I was worn out.
-I was addicted to my iPhone, Macbook, tablet, and all the social networks that I checked all the time to see who was interacting.
-I was distracted from my faith, family, work and life in general.
BUT here are some things that I learned from hustling like I did for 4-5 years:
-I could help other people in ways I would of never thought of.
-If an idea was good enough, I could put it on the back-burner and it would still be interesting in 3-6 months.
-It’s more fun and solid to build things with the right people than just to find the right ideas.
-I learned to start associating ideas with money.
-I made my family and my faith my biggest priorities.
-I didn’t have to worry about whether the ideas would come. I just had to know what to do with them when they arrived.
This post was inspired by Grant Snider and his good ol’ “Incidental Comics” blog!