I've come to the conclusion that I must be either extremely lazy or retarded. I don't know how it happened. But upon some reflection lately, I'm pretty sure I'm not accomplishing enough during the course of my day and by default during the course of my life. I'm holding myself to some pretty high standards here but it was always my philosophy to surround myself with people who are smarter, faster, richer, or better than myself. It's my belief that by associating with great people, we become better ourselves.
There must be 100 new things I'd love to explore and learn. My To-Do list is pages long, but I find that while I THINK I'm filling my day and producing a considerable amount ... improvement can be made.
I look around at those who inspire me and I swear they must not sleep. My friend, Eric Karjaluoto at ideasonideas.com and Eric Karjaluoto (the blog) is a madman! He recently wrote an article about the death of Twitter and in it he describes all the networking he does. The man runs a successful design firm, has a family, 2 excellent blogs, produces several personal projects such as Make Five and Design Can Change and somehow he is still able to Twitter, Flicker, LinkIn and play around with Facebook. Thank God he wrote a recent post entitled I can't Keep Up. I was beginning to wonder!
Eric is not alone. I have client who keeps a fabulous apartment in NYC and a home in Connecticut. He runs FIVE BUSINESSES. He is not only a artist showing at several NY galleries but he is also an extremely successful scientist who has invented molecules (or biosomethingoranothers) that have never before existed in the universe. The man runs FIVE BUSINESSES! He invented the Brown & Serve bag and still has time to paint, sculpt, travel and run four other businesses! For heaven's sakes. Another client of mine, Balam Soto, is also an artist but in the 12 years he has lived in the US (he moved here from Guatemala) he learned English, computer programming, got married, had children, developed a successful artistic career and is now exploring technology in art. This is amazing considering that 12 years ago the man had never seen a computer, held a paintbrush in his hand or even taken a cab ride.
What is it that propels these people to excel? When do they find the time to explore all these dreams and all these interests and make them real? Is there a formula for the stuff we have to do and the stuff we want to do and our ability to successfully do it?