I’m not a morning person. When the alarm clock buzzes, I snooze it least 20 times before it’s seconds to extremely late.
This morning was no different.
Alarm buzzed, I stared at my iPhone blindly and sifted through my daily poison: Instagram, Facebook, Email, and Calendar. (In that order). Staring at a mountain of To-Do list, usually gets me going, but not today.
I rather just lay in bed, bury my face in my pillow.
My bed is my safe place. I’ll go to sleep, take some Tylenol PM and pass out. All my problems solved, instantly by ignoring them. I feel like the constant need to run away from things, because I feel the world is closing in, creeping into my personal space.
At times I feel like the noise of the world is so overwhelming. That’s why I love the silence of my bedroom, where it has the magic effect of creating a zen-like atmosphere. I guess that’s what you call the “recharging state” of an introvert. Absolute silence in the healing bay.
I find myself running away from life and career decisions by avoiding making firm choices. I also have the tendency to dip my feet into territories that I’m not fully committed to. I’m afraid to disappoint people, but mostly I’m afraid to disappoint myself. A few months ago, I sized myself up in my design career by interviewing at a bunch of high tech companies without considerations considerations. I didn’t mean to be insincere with my curiosities, but I felt like I needed to do it for me.
I needed to find out what’s out there, and who I can be. Where I stood in my career, among other top elites. Are my skills up-to-par? Am I inspired? Am I surrounding myself with people I can learn from? and most importantly.
Am I happy?
Everything eventually leads to mediocrity unless you keep pushing for more. We can shape ourselves into anything we want, but what is it that we want? Are you taking every opportunity possible to maximize your own potential, and reaching out of your own comforts for the sake of achieving your dreams? Are you failing enough? Learning enough, reading enough, engaging with the community that drives your career forward?
Seems like there isn’t a minute to waste, at this pace, anyone could feel overwhelmed with these goals. On the other hand, if you have your nose too deep in self-improvement, you might miss out the essence of life.
Learning to say No and avoiding burnout is a crucial and necessary skillset that is pertinent to any designer’s success, and this should not be taken lightly. Choosing projects that you are truly passionate about, will leave you much more fulfilled in life.
Great Read: “How the Power of Saying No Saved My Life” by James Altucher. http://jamesaltucher.quora.com/How-The-Power-Of-NO-Saved-My-Life