The small conference room is sweaty because of the amount of nervous people crammed into it. A Fortune 500 client is in the room, and the team is presenting our results for the past 3 months. A quarterly review – our chance to justify why a client should keep paying us money for our work.
… Lights flash and I’m standing in front of a crowd of people. I pick up my guitar, hit the chords, and the crowd sings along to my music. Cameras flash, camcorders record, and I bask in the glory. I get ready to play my solo and…
“Jun… Jun… It’s your turn to present”
Damn, just another day dream…
I saw Lights play in Hollywood last week:
There was a moment during the performance when she stopped and said, “The label put a different version of this song on the album, but I’m going to play it for you the way she wants to be played.”
Her music means so much to her that she humanizes it. I realized that she would be playing her music regardless of the fame or money. Her music is her life, and she would be happy playing it from anywhere in the world.
At that moment I thought to myself, “What do I love that much in this world?” Is there something that I do that brings me this same level of satisfaction and happiness that I would do it regardless of money or recognition? I’m sure like many of you, I still can’t answer that question…
I daydream a lot. Sometimes I’m dunking on Lebron James, and other times I’m break dancing at the Red Bull Finals. Does daydreaming mean I’m dissatisfied with my life? Do artists dream about starting their own web startup like I dream about playing at sold out venues?
Lets take it one step further: If I successfully sold my company for millions, would I still find myself daydreaming another life?
Daydreams do signify a hint of dissatisfaction
For example, before I was with Kim, I would daydream about being with girls all day long. Now that I’m with Kim, I’ve come to realize that I don’t daydream about girls at all anymore. Sure Taylor Swift and Christina Ricci pop into my head from time to time, but I honestly don’t wonder what it would be like to be with someone else.
So if my feelings about relationships parallel my inner most feelings about my career, then I should not be daydreaming about living another life. I should not be wishing that I was 8 inches taller, that I could sing, or that I didn’t have two left feet.
Accept your DNA
I feel that in order to find happiness in life, we must do these two things:
- Embrace your DNA – Gary Vaynerchuk
- Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses – Tim Ferriss
Loving who I am and accepting the attributes that I have been given is very hard. I hope that one day I’ll be able to come out of a daydream and realize that I’m actually living it.