If you want your goal bad enough then be prepared to ask yourself, “how far are you willing to go?” Will you work on your goal every day, even when your sick, over the holidays, or on vacation?
If your serious, then there are no sick days. Over the past few days, I reread Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like an Artist. It’s one of my favorite books about how to add creativity to your life. In the book, Austin writes about the importance of working on your art every day and not even taking sick days. I like to relate building a routine for creating art to building any habit like going to the gym: Skipping one day turns into two, which then becomes a week, a month, or a year. It’s so simple to make an excuse to not do something. That’s why it’s important to spend a little bit of time each day, even as little as fifteen minutes, on your goal. Day in and day out.
When I think about the idea of, ‘No sick days.’ I think about my mom’s dad, my grandfather. He had a construction company. My uncles told me the people who worked with him called him, ‘Pysch,’ because he’d go to work, rain or shine. Every day he’d wake up have his coffee and head to work because he understood two things:
- Staying home wasn’t going to put food on the table.
- He loved his work.
When I got my first job, he asked me if I enjoyed it? I lied and told him I did. He used to always tell me that he never worked a day in his life because he loved what he did for a living.
That’s something that the majority of people are still searching for. I know I am.
The point is if you love something. Then it doesn’t seem like work. It’s not an obligation. It’s something you look forward to doing each day.
Find that aspect of your life. Then you won’t want to take another sick day again.