Work, family

I applied for a job I didn't need...

And, thankfully....I didn’t get it. 

Yes, it would’ve been amazing to work for one of the most successful breweries in Cincinnati. Yes, it would’ve been great to have consistent income, and benefits, and a normal schedule again. It probably would have been a good opportunity for me to hunker down and focus Fieldhouse into something more specific and intentional, too.  These are all perfect reasons to go for this job that I didn’t need, and that I wasn’t even looking for, to be honest. 

When you at least considering a change in direction with whatever you do, something profound actually happens. You force yourself to prioritize things. You have to decide, first, if you’re willing to do something different. If you say yes, you’ll likely make a list of needs that will make that change worth it.

For me, to leave my home everyday, be away from my pregnant wife and my daughter, to work for someone else, building and establishing their brand , in which I have very little, if any, stock at all, is big deal.  I would be putting MY brand, MY work on hold to focus on someone else’s.  It needs to be worth it - both in compensation, and in passion. 

So, I worked out a salary (that was, admittedly, higher than what I currently make) I’d be comfortable with and began thinking about everything that Fieldhouse Collective has been and is currently. I started thinking about all of the things I do, the services I offer, and considered what it could become in the future if I could afford to focus in on something specific.  I started dreaming again. I came to realize the difference between what I do out of necessity, and what I want to do from a place of passion and excitement. Some of it blurred the lines and fit into both - which is awesome. That’s a good sign that those are the things I should be pushing into more.


I’m saying all of this to bring me to this point: Allow yourself to prioritize the things in your life, in your business, in your work. We don’t HAVE to settle for anything, and when push ourselves into thinking about something different, we can actually find a lot of freedom in what we already have.  Even just the thought of change can give you passion and focus anew.

Be. Fully. Present.

In life, we have the call to push into our dreams, our goals, our plans. The more we do this, the easier it becomes to mentally remove ourselves from our physical surroundings. Goals, and plans, and dreams aren't inherently bad things. Being absent and passive as a result of having them is. Having a vision for something is not meant to remove you from your current season. Rather, it is to give you hope while you navigate through it. It seems a little contradictory, but maybe your goals shouldn't be seen as the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe, instead, its the light that allows you to walk/run/drive while inside.

I'm convinced that the reason people give up is not always because the don't have the motivation, but because their goals are pulling them out of the ability to execute. It's easy to get stuck in a dream and want it to be real so badly that all hope and incentive are abandoned. 

Reaching your goal, alone, is not the incentive, though. No, reaching your destination is only the start of the incentive. It's living after your dream is captured that houses the true gift. That is paradise; not getting your reward, but getting to live with it.