Working Hard or Hardly Working, Am I Right? Nudge, Nudge

Hey guys, what’s up?

So, Saturday I bought this book, “The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, & Change the World,” by Chris Guillebeau. Of course I browsed through a few pages while in Book World, and, obviously, I thought it was interesting, and, duh, I bought it. I got home and started to read it.

It. Is. Great.

It took a little bit to get into the book, like most self-help books the author explains why he wrote it, why you should read it, and why the author has the authority to write the book. I think those parts are usually boring, but I powered through to the good stuff.

Guillebeau talks about the four principles to change the world:

  • “You Must Be Open to New Ideas”
  • “You Must Be Dissatisfied with the Status Quo”
  • “You Must Be Willing to Take Personal Responsibility”

And

  • “You Must Be Willing to Work Hard”

They seem pretty simple up until that last one.

I mean, working hard is obvious. You can’t reach your dreams and do good in the world without breaking some pencils and pulling some hair out.

And that’s why I’m focusing this post on hard work.

My schedule feels full. Clean hotel rooms in the morning (part-time), write some newspaper articles in the afternoons, and try (because it’s soooo hard you guys) to write fiction/non-fiction in between. In my head, that’s full. Cleaning rooms can be taxing, to be honest I hardly keep my own room clean. And getting over the anxiety of having to conduct interviews for articles is daunting. I have to call people, set-up a date and time to interview—oh god no! And then writing? I mean, Netflix is taking American Dad off—I have to rewatch it from the beginning before it’s gone!!

Okay, that was all sarcasm. Slightly. My body tells me to nap after cleaning, panic when calling, and watch my favorite show before it’s gone.

But my brain tells me it’s pathetic. Why watch someone else’s creation or panic about making my own when I’ve shown in the past that I can do it?

Part of it has to do with hard work.

Guillebeau says that “most people accept the status quo without questions, sleep-walking through life, looking in from the outside” and that “their eye is on a future that is years or decades away” (11). I know I’m guilty of it. Thinking about a dream office I’ll have when I sell enough books. The image of seeing my book, in hardcover, on its table at Barnes & Noble. Doing interviews with local papers and talking to students about writing.

But, hello Samantha, you have to write it first!!

I think some it’s fear of failure. I know part of it is fear of getting a book deal and having pressure to do more, faster. There again, I have to write that first book.

I know it will take time and some very serious commitment along with life changes, but working hard toward a dream is what makes life—in my opinion. I don’t see kids in my future—unless it has four legs and barks. I don’t even see a wedding in my future. I do see me buried in writing and creation for the rest of my life—which makes me happy, but first I have to take that first step.

We have to take that first step.

No more binging Netflix or writing fanfiction 24/7. More diving into writing and creating my own world and my own work.

I’d love to say no more naps, but—I honestly don’t know if that’ll happen, like ever. Me likes me naps, yo.

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