People get burned out due to the lack of stimulation at what they do, trying to solve the same issue over and over again that leads to mental exhaustion. Sleep deprivation won't help either. Individuals need variation in their daily routines, tasks, food, activities, and last but not least the environment around them. Taking shorter trips and getaways over the weekend even if they are 2 days long can dramatically increase our mental well-being. Also over-ambition which is very common among overachievers and entrepreneurs can lead to burnout. We can do anything but not everything. Have a great weekend.
Growing up I truly sucked at art. I'm not joking when I say that I could barely draw an apple as it probably looked like a plum. I was in awe of other kids who were talented. Instead I kicked ass in sports and I loved biology. I simply told myself that I sucked and I moved on with my life truly believing that I didn't have talent for art. Years later, I found out that art is so much more than what our school system had on the curriculum. Throughout sports, specifically fitness and bodybuilding and by being in front of the camera as a fitness model, I discovered a passion for fitness photography and media production and in 2015 by acquiring an 80 year old fitness publication @ironmanmagazine this interest developed into a real career. By publishing and producing media, content, and branding, not only do I get to do what I love, but I also get to project my vision into art. I get called an artist, something that I still find comical as it was the last thing I expected to be called back in my art class. Now I realize that all human beings have creative skills but it takes time to discover where our best proclivities lie which obviously could either be natural or habitual inclination and in my case it's habitual that got triggered my life events and experience. I just really wish they taught us that in school. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something, that you do not have a natural gift, that it's too early or too late.
Make sure to taste your own words before you spit them out.
You have the right to say what you want, but you also have the responsibility for how it’s heard and how others react to it. Words are very very powerful and they could have a major impact on others. Speaking your mind and saying it how it is does not mean that you are right. That only means that you have the right to offend people. You are free as a human being to be as offensive as you want to anyone as much as you want but, if you choose this action, you’re also choosing to face the consequences. If somebody is offended or hurt by your actions, that offense is your responsibility and you should deal with it.
Even if it was not your intention to hurt anyone you are the only person who knows what you really mean. I always give people the benefit of the doubt but if you explain something poorly your choice of words is sloppy, my judgement is based solely on what I see or hear. In this case my reaction is your responsibility. I remember reading somewhere someone saying: “If you spend a great deal of your time pretending to be an asshole to get a reaction from people…you aren’t pretending. You are an asshole.” To cut to the chase: being judgmental, mean, racist, stereotyping people, being a bully, rude, spreading hate whether it's on the internet or real life, you are simply an awful human being and this post is for you.
You need to learn how to let go. Let go of PEOPLE who hold you back, who put you down, who add more negativity than positivity to your life, people who hurt you and people who don't believe in you. Let go of THINGS that weight you down, whether they are materialistic, spiritual, tangible or abstract. Do you do/buy things because of yourself or because of other people's validation? Let go of THOUGHTS. Not just negative thoughts. Even positive thoughts can have a negative impact if you obsess over it. Free your mind and let fresh and new thoughts in every day. Let go of the PAST & the FUTURE. When your thoughts are out of control, feeling worried, down or depressed, chances are, you're dwelling on something that happened in the past or you're worried over something that hasn't even happened yet. Live in the moment. Live here and now. Look around you and engage with people next to you. People that are close to us are easily taken for granted. Never, ever let that happen. Be a better listener and observer. Your help is sometimes more needed than you can imagine. Don't be hard on yourself, maybe you are right where you're supposed to be without noticing all the beauty and potential. Don't run away as there is no escape. The need for validation, large amount of friends so you don't feel lonely, being likable, scrolling through other people's social media wishing you were them. All those things are signs that you are trying to escape. LET IT ALL GO. You don't need to win everything and everyone, you don't need everyone's approval and love. Being content is among the biggest life achievements. Take a moment and think about how content you truly are.
Determination is invisible. Hard work is not always loud. Being on my phone doesn't mean I'm checking my social media notifications. Anyone can work hard but working smart is a skill and it takes time to learn how to be efficient, how to prioritize and how to value minutes. If I get a great idea or need to get back to people as promised while still driving I'd literally pull over and take care of the business. Emailing while driving?...Hmm laws aside, I like to save myself from embarrassing typos and half-done sentences. Yes it is totally ok to judge people by the way they communicate and express themselves.
There are no easy choices, careers or decisions in life. We have to make a choice at some point and stick to the plan. Life is not easy, pretty or perfect for anyone but it has some good moments for everyone. One of them is the gift of life and what it has to offer and some are the moments that we have full control over. Let's be productive, lets contribute and let's make some moments. Happy Monday.
Big headphones at the gym means: Do not interrupt great work in progress". Sunglasses and and hat indoors doesn't mean I'm trying to be cool, maybe I'm trying to hide dark circles from the previous night shift while you were drooling on your soft pillow or maybe I just want to be left alone and strategically avoiding small conversations with strangers as I'd rather mentally prepare for my next meeting or answer a few emails in my head. To be honest I hate small conversations. I love deep meaningful conversations about life, success, failure, family or anything but talking about the weather or the latest Fox News or CNN reports I'm not your guy. #strategy#leavemealone
In today's society everyone wants fans. Become instead extraordinary at what you do and let your work speak for itself. Your work and results will gain you fans and followers. Note: a rare photo of me with my fans.
If she wants you, never worry about who wants her but you also have to give her something to want. Many times it's way less than you think. You'd be surprise how far loyalty, love, respect and your time & attention can take you. If she is checking the brand of your watch, what restaurant you take her to and what car you drive on your first date you better run. @beautybydrcat
Sometimes no matter what they do, how you look, how you act, what you say or how hard your try some people will have their own opinion on you and when they do don't try to prove them wrong, instead fuel them with more material because the hate they feel will consume them. Sometimes you have to be the karma that gets them
"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million." - Arnold Schwarzenegger. Good luck to everyone participating at the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend.