In my last post I talked about passion. I talked about the need to put everything you are and everything you have into whatever project that you’re working on. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about energy and the creative process. As a stay at home dad, I spend my day chasing my miniature human through my house all day long, I know that the Energizer Bunny is a TV character and he’s got nothing on my little man. He just keeps going and going and going. He literally gets up at 6:30am, runs until 11:30am, passes out for 2 hours, gets up and runs top speed until 7:00pm. Like clockwork. But what does this have to do with anything?
If you want to succeed, every moment has to be a sprint. Every single moment that you’re working should be an all out sprint to the finish. There should be no moment when you’re walking. When my son wants something from another room he doesn’t slowly get up, saunter into the kitchen and take a look around. He jumps up, runs into the kitchen and grabs whatever came into his mind. It’s not a marathon. It’s not a half marathon. It’s not a 10k. It’s a sprint.
When you go to work, do you sprint or do you jog? I sprint. When I’m working, I’m working. I’m not thinking about anything other than work. I’m not taking my time. I’m not “punching the clock” and I’m not counting the minutes until I can clock out. That’s not the way I work. And if you want to succeed, you won’t either. When you’re working, sprint. When you’re not working, rest. As important as it is to run when you should run, even my son passes out for a couple of hours.
I’m not suggesting you should run yourself into the ground, I’m suggesting that it’s a good idea to work real hard when you’re supposed to working, play hard when you’re supposed to be playing and sleep real hard when you’re supposed to be sleeping.