There’s an easy explanation to why so many people enjoy playing video games: they love leveling up.
Think about how satisfying it is to unlock a new perk or achieve a new title. Even though the incentives are completely virtual and have no real tangible benefits, we feel compelled to keep playing so we can hit that next level.
Real life works in exactly the same way — we just need to embrace the right mindset to achieve what we want in life.
Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t written a blog post in nearly three months. Trust me, not a day has gone by that I haven’t reminded myself of that very fact. But the past few months have been transformative for me, both personally and professionally, and I wanted time to process the things I’ve learned so that I could distill them into a blog post that hopefully gives you some clear insight on what it’s like trying to balance art, business, and self-fulfillment.
As a photographer, I spend a lot of time looking at the works of other artists for inspiration. It’s astounding how many talented people there are in the world. And yet the overwhelming majority of them, at least on social media, seem to think their job ends with sharing their finished product. For them, the process is simple: Make something awesome, post it online, repeat.
If you would have told me at the end of last year that I’d be an employee again, I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here we are at the end of 2015, and I’m indeed working a full-time job. A lot of things have happened that led to this point, which I’ll cover in this post now: