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ENTERTAIN OR WORK? IS THIS A REAL QUESTION?

     THERE ARE SO MANY AVENUES OF ENTERTAINMENT. WHY DO I NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER ONE? EVERYONE IS LOOKING TO BE ENTERTAINED.  A MUCH SMALLER POPULATION IS TRULY LOOKING TO IMPROVE. YES, EVERYONE DEEP DOWN WANTS TO IMPROVE. YET, TOO MANY LET ENTERTAINMENT OVER POWER THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK IMPROVEMENT. WOULD I RATHER BINGE WATCH […]

     THERE ARE SO MANY AVENUES OF ENTERTAINMENT. WHY DO I NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER ONE? EVERYONE IS LOOKING TO BE ENTERTAINED.  A MUCH SMALLER POPULATION IS TRULY LOOKING TO IMPROVE. YES, EVERYONE DEEP DOWN WANTS TO IMPROVE. YET, TOO MANY LET ENTERTAINMENT OVER POWER THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK IMPROVEMENT. WOULD I RATHER BINGE WATCH NETFLIX OR LEARN HOW TO MARKET MY BRAND SUCCESSFULLY? WOULD I RATHER GO TO A PARTY OR SIT AT HOME AND JOURNAL IN MY BOOK? WOULD I RATHER SPEND AN HOUR PLAYING A GAME ON MY PHONE OR CREATING A PLAN TO TRY A NEW IDEA? YOU GET THE PICTURE.

     SO MANY OF US SEE THE LATTER OPTIONS AS WORK. WORK HAS THE CONNOTATION OF BEING HARD. WE DO NOT DESIRE A HARD LIFE SO ENTERTAINMENT REPRESENTS THE EASY PATH. IT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF WORKING HARD. THIS ISN’T TO SAY ENTERTAINMENT DOESN’T HAVE MERIT. IT HAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MERIT. ENTERTAINMENT IS A GREAT REWARD FOR CELEBRATING THE HARD WORK YOU HAVE COMPLETED. ENTERTAINMENT IS A GREAT RELIEF FOR STRESS.  ENTERTAINMENT THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH AND SMILE CAN CERTAINLY HAVE TREMENDOUS HEALING EFFECTS. ALL THESE EXAMPLES SHOW WHY ENTERTAINMENT IS SO HIGHLY VALUED.

    NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT WORK. IF YOU LOVE YOUR JOB, YOU LOVE TO WORK. THE OUTPUT OF YOUR WORK IS SOMETHING YOU TREASURE. IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL WRITER WHO LOVES TO WRITE THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL DO, WRITE. IT’S NOT SEEN AS WORK. IT IS SEEN AS A LOVE. YOU MUST LIKELY WILL ALWAYS BE WORKING TO IMPROVE AS WELL. YOU WILL TAKE DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES. YOU WILL READ. YOU WILL WORK WITH MENTORS. YOU WILL DO ALL THIS BECAUSE WORK EQUALS OUTPUT THAT YOU LOVE.

     WHEN YOU DON’T LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING WORK HAS DIFFERENT MEANING. IT IS A TEMPORARY NEED THAT YOU MUST DO.  THE ACTUAL OUTPUT OF THE WORK DOESN’T HAVE THE MEANING TO YOU. YOUR MEANING IS MORE ON WHAT YOU GET BECAUSE YOU WERE ABLE TO WORK. BECAUSE YOU WORK YOU GOT A PAYCHECK, BUT IF YOU COULD GET MONEY SOME OTHER WAY YOU WOULD GIVE UP WORK IN A HEARTBEAT. BECAUSE YOU WORK YOUR HOUSE IS NOW CLEAN. BUT IF YOU COULD HAVE SOMEONE ELSE COME CLEAN YOUR HOUSE YOU WOULD DO THAT IN A HEARTBEAT. DOING PHYSICAL EXERCISE TO GET IN SHAPE IS WORK.  BUT IF THERE WAS A SIMPLE PILL OR SURGERY MANY WOULD DO THAT IN A HEARTBEAT. BECAUSE YOU WORKED HARD IN SCHOOL YOU GOT A SCHOLARSHIP WHICH ALLOWED YOU TO GO TO SCHOOL FREE. BUT IF YOU COULD MAKE MILLIONS WITHOUT GOING TO SCHOOL YOU WOULD DO IT IN A HEARTBEAT.

    SO IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, THE SWEET SPOT THAT COVERS ALL THE BASES IS WORK THAT CREATES AN OUTPUT THAT YOU LOVE AND ALSO HAPPENS TO ENTERTAIN YOU. TO ACHIEVE ANY OUTPUT YOU MUST WORK. THERE IS NO WAY OF ESCAPING THAT FACT. AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIVES WE ALL NEED TO BE ENTERTAINED. NOT DOING SO WILL RESULT IN A LIFE THAT IS UNFULFILLED. WE ALL NEED TO SMILE, LAUGH AND HAVE FEELINGS OF JOY. AS I WRITE THIS I KNOW REALIZE WHY I ENJOY CREATING THE CONTENT I CREATE. NOW IF I CAN ONLY FIND A WAY FOR THE OUTPUT TO TAKE CARE OF MY OTHER NEEDS. SPECIFICALLY, THE NEED TO WORK   SO HARD TO MAKE THE MONEY THAT I BRING HOME EVERY YEAR. THAT MONEY IS THE ONLY REASON I GO TO WORK. I AM IN NO MEANS ASHAMED TO SAY THAT. THAT DOESN’T DIMINISH THE IMPORTANCE OF MY JOB AND THE MOTIVATION I HAVE TO BE GREAT AT IT. YET, IF I DON’T DREAM, NO ONE WILL DO IT FOR ME. IF I DON’T CREATE I AM RESERVED TO ONLY EXPERIENCING SOMEONE ELSE’S CREATIONS. IF I DON’T CREATE I’LL NEVER CREATE THE LIFE OF MY DREAMS.

     THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE FACED WITH A DECISION BETWEEN BEING ENTERTAINED OR PUTTING IN WORK, WHAT WILL YOU DECIDE? MY ADVICE TO ADD A LITTLE MORE PUTTING IN WORK INTO THE MIX. THE WORK IS NOT THE ORDINARY RUN OF THE MILL WORK. THE WORK IS WORK THAT GIVES YOU AN OUTPUT THAT YOU LOVE. THIS WILL FORCE YOU TO CREATE. THE MORE YOU CREATE  THE BETTER YOU BECOME AT BEING A CREATOR. THE BEST CREATORS EVENTUALLY CREATE THE BEST LIFE FOR THEMSELVES. AS STATED, THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL LIVE THE LIFE THAT YOU DESIRE IS TO CREATE IT.

WITH GRATITUDE,

DREW

I CREATE MUSIC THAT I MEDITATE TOO. IT’S NOT THE NORMAL TYPE OF MEDITATION AND IT’S NOT THE NORMAL TYPE OF MUSIC. YET, I LOVE THE IMPACT IT HAS ON ME.

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