Ever felt like your life is moving at 100 MPH?
If you stop, you fall behind.
If you let up, someone passes you by.
When you take a break, you become stressed.
Is there a cure?
How can you remain in the game without burning out?
The first 18 months in the corporate world have been challenging, eye opening, and a major wake-up call.
I’ve had to adjust, mature, and sacrifice more than I was initially prepared for.
I’m no stranger to adjusting, maturing, and sacrificing being that i’ve attended 3 different high schools, and 3 different colleges, but this right here, this is a little different.
I’ve been blessed with the priviledge to work with and be in the prescence of some of the biggest names in the world of commercial real estate.
I’ve shared laughs, exchanged stories, and been in meetings with people I would’ve never imagined myself associating with.
But this was God’s plan all along.
Year 26 has been a major learning experience.
I’ve had to find a balance between social, professional, spiritual, and mental.
Because of the increase in workload, my social, spiritual, and mental have all suffered.
My Monday 7pm calls with grandmommy have faded away, dinner parties on Wedndesday night at 8pm are difficult to attend, and trips to Miami with friends is something only imagineable.
I’ve made it known that I want to be successful, and because of that, i’ve been thrusted into the fire.
Be careful what you wish for.
But how do you save yourself from burning out?
“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” — Warren Buffett
I first heard this quote years ago, and never forgot it.
As far as living it goes, that’s a whole different story.
It’s not easy to be the person that goes against the grain, doesn’t conform, and sets out to do what he/she aspires to do.
You run the risk of being judged, losing relationships, and dealing with doubt amongst other things.
Oh yes, doubt is very much so present.
If you’re doing one thing and everyone else is doing something else, after awhile you start to wonder if you’re doing the right thing.
It gets lonely, your friends fade away, and it’s easy to go down a dark path.
But how do you survive?
You’re not the only one that made this decicison.
If you’re the only one going against the grain in your friend group, it’s time to find another group.
Although few and far between, people like you do exist.
They are determined, driven, and willing to do whatever is needed to become successful.
Those are the people you want to surround yourself with.
But what if people depend on you for fun, entertainment, and to meet people?
Well, what are those people doing for you?
Although difficult, for you to become successful, you have to almost block out everyone else and focus on yourself.
Everyday you wake up, you must think about yourself first.
What do I need to improve on? Who do I need to meet? What must I accomplish today to get closer to my goal?
Everything else is secondary.
I’m at the point in my life where I know how to distinguish between right and wrong.
Nine times out of ten, I know what to expect from something before it happens.
This could be attending an event, eating a certain food, working out, etc.
All decisions at this point in my life are important.
The food I eat — if not healthy, will result in me feeling slow.
The time I stay up till — will result in me being tired the next day if not given proper rest.
The alcohol I drink — will slow me down the next day.
I’ve figured it out, now it’s up to me.
But when you’ve been on the grind, doing what’s right, and working hard, how do you reset?
It’s Memorial Day weekend, overcast slated for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
I chose not to go to Miami with friends, and i’m sitting in my apartment in the Upper West Side of Manhattan writing this article.
This is my chance.
I can make today the day I choose to reset my life and move forward only doing what I know will benefit who I want to become.
It wont’t be easy. I’ll upset some people, hurt some feelings, and feel bad myself.
But it’s time.
I’m going to use this weekend to do what I want.