Do you do what you love?

Do you come home after work and constantly complain about your job? If you do you are not alone. In America 52.3% are unhappy with their current job. This can be for a variety of reasons like your boss, location, material, commute or just money? For whatever reason you hate your job you need to take ownership of that. You can make a change. You can take control this. There are two types of jobs on this earth which are: jobs we want to do and jobs we have to do.

Jobs we have to do are jobs that we normally take for external reason such as family needs, cover the essentials, overall obsession with the money or benefits that the jobs may bring. This type of job can also be a stepping ladder or a means to get to a job you want. But having one of these types of jobs leaves us feeling empty at the end of the day. These types of job only tap into half of our self worth and cause that emptiness feeling that you get at the end of the day. Having this type of job can often lead to self doubt and worry.

But on the other side of the spectrum are jobs we want to do. These are the jobs where people want to come to work everyday and pour their hearts out for the company. These are the lucky 47.7% of Americans who jump out of bed in the morning to go to work. These people are also more productive and successful because they enjoy what they do and want to be there. These people are often go getters and do not settle. Having a job you love and care about is infectious and can also be noticed by those around you.

As I stated we must take ownership of our jobs. Whether you have a job you want or a job you to do is irrelevant because you can make any job positive in the way that you look at things and carry a good perspective on things. Having the ability to do whatever you want for work is not easy. Most people don’t want into those positions but even if you take the jobs that are less than glamorous if you do it well and put your time into it you may one day get to have a job you want.

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When do we have enough money?

Have you ever thought about what motivates you? Well i have and it’s relatively simple. It’s money and I am not ashamed to say it. As much as everyone would suspect, money truly does in fact run this world. In the entertainment industry money is the heart the pumps blood throughout virtually everything we see. Including but not limited to; our tv’s, on billboards, bus stops, devices, the list is just continuous. Money surrounds us regardless of what we do to indulge ourselves or attempt to run away from it. Some may say money doesn’t buy happiness but I believe it sure does enhance it. Has anyone ever stopped and asked you “at what point will you have enough money?” While some people can give you a direct answer to that question with specificity others could never dream of a number. The possibilities are endless.

       Have you ever heard of a man by the name of Warren Buffett? This man has more money than one can fathom. He has the ability to walk away at any time and stop working but he chooses not too. Crazy, right? Have you ever thought of why? I would think that he doesn’t because he loves the sensation of making money. However, he probably sticks with it because at a point money is more of an object than anything. It justifies risk taking and is a benchmark for success. Do you remember when you got your first paycheck? Maybe it was only a hundred but felt like so much more than that. But now if you received the same check you would be infuriated. Our world has now become addicted to this feeling. We as humans are no longer just happy for having $100,000, we want as well as expect $200,000. Once we get that, we want more. There is truly no end. For a lot of us there will never be enough. There will never be an amount we get to that makes us happy and want to step away and look at the bigger picture.

       As we all continue to keep up with the Jones’ this desensitization will continue to occur. Once we see our neighbors with the newest gadget we immediately want it and this cycle continues.Every Day in the media we are constantly bombarded with athletes, celebrities and entertainers that are going broke and bankrupt. Most of the time athletes and celebrities go broke because they try to keep up with their peers and give the appearances of stability even though they are living way above their means.

Having money is great but we must understand that money is a means to other things. We need to put our egos in check and understand the true value. While reading this I hope it makes you think about money in a more realistic way. How much would it take for you to have enough?

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Do you network enough?

I want you to ask yourself this question “Do you network enough?” The answer is no! No one can network enough. I say this because there is always someone out there that knows more and can teach you. When I travel I often find myself talking to complete strangers and I do this because of the golden rule “Everyone can teach you something.” Just because of someone’s perceived status in the world doesn’t mean that they can not teach you something. You will be surprised at the conversations you get yourself in. Through conversations you have can often spark into new opportunities you would not have had before.

The key to networking often is being able to step out of your comfort zone and approach people you wouldn’t normally approach. But you must do this in a respectful manner or it can backfire on you. Strike up a conversation but also be aware that you must make a good impression and put your best foot forward. Drive to networking events and put in the effort. This effort will open doors for you that you never thought was possible. Every time you meet someone you should get an email address, phone number or address. Without one of those you have no way to follow up. Networking is investing in your future every time you meet someone is like putting a penny in the piggy bank.

In networking the follow up is a crucial stage. This is how you show someone you really value their conversation and this can take you far. Just a simple thank you card can go very far. Small gestures like a follow up email or a written letter will make a lasting impression and will make sure that person will remember you.

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Time Management

In the business world time management is key, but in the entertainment world it can be life or death. When I say this I don’t mean this literally, however without strong time management your career will suffer greatly. Often without effective time management you will lose out on opportunities, as managers and agents buyers get turned off by deals the longer people take provide answers.  In the world of entertainment everything moves incredibly quickly. With that in mind, you should always aim to respond to any form of communication within 24 hours.  

No matter what business you are in, Google should be your best friend. Google apps offers some great products such as free calendars that sync to all of your devices. With a calendar you can plan out your day to effectively and efficiently take down projects, schedule meetings, and put time aside for other things you need to get done .

Make sure to always give ample time to prepare. As much as you may think that your lack of preparation doesn’t show it always does. People can see right through it. Even if your lack of preparation is not detrimental in the beginning,  eventually it will come back to haunt you. Being prepared includes always being on time. Your timeliness is someone’s first impression of you. Give yourself plenty of time to get to meetings, interviews or just anything for that matter. Being on time and holding yourself accountable is something that is good to follow throughout life. Just as you want people to respect your time you should do the same.

Effectively managing your time will not only make you more successful professionally, but will also ensure you are able to form meaningful connections and take advantage of every opportunity.

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Glorified Entertainment Figures

We now live in a world where artists and celebrities influence the decisions of children, youth and everyday people. The social norm is now following what Kanye, Jay Z, Beyonce and Rae Sremmurd are wearing, doing and the issues that they are passionate about. But are we depending too much on these figures? While a lot of them are incredibly talented and have had amazing careers that does not necessarily mean that they can influence our culture and the people we become.

While most people see these stars and become immediately star struck we must remember they are people too. They put on their pants the same as we do and have families just as everyone else. Yes, their lives are more glamorous but just because they are celebrities and may have millions of followers does not mean that they should be able to influence your decisions.

Many celebrities and artists have charities and foundations which should be glorified and cherished because many dedicate themselves to their causes like Matt Damon, Ashton Kutcher and Lebron James. Lebron is not only an athlete but prides himself in being a role model. While he is often outspoken on several topics he truly tries to embody being a role model.

I hope this blog opens your eyes to how much society weighs decisions on celebrities and artists. We need to make sure we listen to positive role models and figures but understand that they are people as well. We should take their thoughts as a grain of salt and drive our own thoughts.