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The empty spaces. This is something I was talking about yesterday in a meeting. When one is self employed, running your own company, networking even after work – the line between when work starts and stops easily diminishes. So, I was saying to my friends yesterday in Paris, I need to focus more on being comfortable with the empty spaces in between work, projects, networking, being social – and bring that energy back in. I think it’s imperative for an artist or entrepreneur to do that. We cannot always be 100% in action mode. Or we will burn out.
Then it’s time to take inventory and reevaluate what’s working and what isn’t, and just to see where you are at is highly crucial. To see what I have accomplished in one month.
I have friends and mentors who are more successful in say communicating whether in fashion, film or are partner in a law firm, who I always run my thinking by, in all aspects of life. For example, this last week I was about to do something I have done out of habit before, instead I chose to do the opposite, feel the fear and do opposing action. That’s a moment of growth. That’s how we really grow, not in age but in emotional maturity. I had two such encounters, and I know after putting my cards on the table, and being clear and direct in my communication I went to bed feeling like a burden was off my shoulders.
When we are clear on what is it we desire, what our needs and goals are, it’s easier to go out in the world and get it, or ask for it or politely say no thank you!
PS I’ll leave you with a little note from a podcast I was listening to earlier this month – not everyone has to like you. That’s a very narcissistic idea to expect to get along or be liked, admired or loved by everyone.