First of all, thanks for reading this post. Many people won’t and that’s fine, but you are and I truly appreciate you for investing in my life and career pursuits. It’s been a bumpy ride at times but the fact that I am documenting every step of my entrepreneurial journey, the highs and the lows, will hopefully give someone out there the push they need to start doing something they’ve always wanted to do.
More importantly, I want my kids and grand-kids to know me and understand how I became the man they know. It’s not always pretty, but it’s the truth.
One of the things I realize is that when you are aggressively working toward something, you have your head down and are not concerned with the stuff going on around you that you can’t control, but when you lose momentum, you start to look around and survey the area, and you may not like what you see.
I liken it to someone who is swimming under water against a strong current. You are pumping your arms and legs and working yourself to exhaustion. You imagine how much progress you’re making, and then when you stop and come up for air, there is a feeling of disappointment when you realize you are not as far along as you had hoped.
A lot of people probably wonder why I talk about my mental struggles, my answer is because I want to provide an accurate picture of what chasing your dream is like. There are plenty of “get rich quick” gurus or “You can do it” mantras out there, but no one really shows you how hard it really is.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not at the point of despair, these are just the actual emotions you face when you are trying to “make it on your own.” And don’t forget, I’m an artist at the core, and we artists tend to be pretty dramatic and emotional about things. 😉
Things are already looking up, and I document the lows because I know there will be highs as well. It helps me to remember that there is nothing new under the sun in my life. And by reflecting on both the highs and the lows from my past, I’m able to hopefully better navigate them as they occur.