Most people get into business not because they want to create a job for themselves but rather because they’re in pursuit of freedom. Unfortunately, many of them either fail to take advantage of the freedom they already have, or become so busy they simply can’t get away from their work.
At some point, the long hours will catch up with you and you’ll burnout or become sick. That’s not the ideal state to do work in because your effectiveness will be compromised. So, if you don’t begin enjoying your freedom now, when will you?
00:00 – Getting my day started
00:18 – My decision to take the day off
00:26 – Mixed feelings
00:45 – It’s not about time management – it’s about energy management
01:06 – Discovery
01:20 – Spending the day in the mountains
01:34 – Wrapping up the day
01:50 – Freedom is available to anyone
02:14 – Where you can learn more about music entrepreneurship
Are you enjoying your freedom?
It’s Tuesday at 8:00 AM.
I roll out of bed, have breakfast, walk the dog, meditate and take a shower.
I look into the mirror and see that my eyes are bloodshot.
I was trying to set myself up for a productive day but soon realized I was exhausted beyond belief.
What am I to do?
With no looming deadlines and no meetings on the schedule, I decided to have lunch, drive out of town and head out into the mountains.
My heart was a little divided on this.
On the one hand, I was marveling at the freedom I’d created in my life.
On the other hand, I was feeling a little guilty for taking off. After all, everything in my career life was going so well.
But those feelings of guilt soon started to fade.
I remembered what my coach said in his book:
It’s not about time management. It’s about energy management.
The world tells us we should work from 9 – 5. My coach says you should work when you’re at your best, when you have the most energy to tackle the work you must do.
I believe it’s that kind of thinking that forces you to focus on what matters and spend less time on things that don’t produce results.
On my way out into the mountains, I discover a small park I’d never seen before. It’s beautiful outside, and I’m captivated by the stream, the green grass and tall trees (summer doesn’t last that long where I live).
After exploring for a bit, I get back in my car and proceed into the mountains.
Upon arrival, I sit in the hot springs for about an hour, relax and organize my thoughts.
Then, I head over to Chili’s for an early dinner.
My best friend just got back from her vacation and is back in town, so I head back into Calgary, meet up with her and we spend a few hours together.
Finally, I go home and walk the dog again. I watch a few videos on YouTube and go to sleep. Did I do any work? Nope.
What’s my point?
My point is that this life is available to anyone.
I’m grateful for the freedom I’ve created, but I also know there’s so much more available.
I’m not anyone special. I just applied myself to something I cared about and kept pushing forward when I didn’t see anything happening with my career or business.
Do you now see why I talk so much about business? Do you understand why music entrepreneurship means so much to me?
If you’d like to learn more about music entrepreneurship, I have a mini-book you might be interested in.
I would love it if you’d give it a read and let me know your thoughts.
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