I had the honor of having lunch with a very prolific writer, director, and actor this week. I won’t name drop, but the person is successful in all the ways most people would measure. It was kind of like a blind date- another successful person really thought we should meet and set up the whole thing. We decided on a little grandma style spot that would afford some privacy and good pancakes.
Immediately we discovered things we have in common – a four year old – a knack for creativity from a young age, and certainly a similar approach to getting things done. At one point they asked me what do I do about the fact that everyone wants something from you?
I never thought of it in that way. Looking at things from that angle feels dangerous to me. But it stayed with me on my ride home and I started to get clear on making sure I’m doing the things I actually want to do.
Then I was tagged in this TBT interview I did a few months back and there I said it – “Be brave enough to only do what excites you!”
Dang I said that? Ok. I immediately did a quick scan over the projects and I have lined up and am in the middle of. Clarity came quick. A little guilt came too which I took note of. Then this week I made a few tough calls which brought me great relief.
My new friend had no idea how much that question affected me. Or maybe they did. Maybe I’ll let them know.
When you become highly productive and known for that a lot of things come your way. Work begets work and as they say- if you want something done- ask a busy person to do it.
The quickest way to prioritize and retain sanity is to be clear about what you want, what brings a smile to your face, what makes you excited, and be brave enough to let the rest of it go so you can focus.
Photo by Dennis Dortch Summer 2015 Los Angeles. Gingham Dress, Forever 21