I found this on “the internets” today and felt a post would be appropriate.
So many of these things listed are things that I indulge in daily to stay sane and just to make sure the ideas keep flowing. I regularly take little bike trips to the river to just reflect and renew positive energy. I’ll take notebooks to scribble thoughts into- but making it not related to work, that’s the hard part. Most of my reading has to deal with career-related themes, but being able to get lost in someone else’s thoughts is so important.
When I found myself singing outloud last Summer I knew I was finally happy. People singing on the bus to themselves doesn’t even bother me anymore; I’d like to think they’re just as happy.
I’ve been seeking out new music for as long as I can remember and love when you actually do just sit back to listen for the sake of listening. Probably one of the reasons why I’m so drawn to radio.
Being open-minded is so important too; I surround myself with positive people so if I do come across someone abhoring hate or ignorance I just walk away. I don’t have time for that. That leads perfectly into being around creative people; I’m truly blessed to have a circle of friends and colleagues that are so inspirational. They are going after their goals in art, film, writing, music- seeing them succeed edges me on to continue reaching my own and more importantly, finishing them so I can share it.
A ton of the last suggestions are just so closely linked to my personal work philosophy and ethos. If you want to reach your goals, you can’t give up, you’ve got to be persistent, and you’ve got to listen to others even if their words may not be what you want to hear. I’m training myself to listen more attentively so I can learn from others. As much as I’m a perfectionist, I’m willing to risk failure for learning. I make mistakes regularly, but I grow from them.
Really, I’m living life for me. I’m the one in control of my career path and I’m trying to balance it as best I can. If you’re going for your dream job, there’s bound to be some stumbles, but persistence and creativity I feel will overcome any bumps.