Waking Up To Nothing 

When I was a little boy, I used to dream of being… nothing. I didn’t have dreams of being anything. In fact it wasn’t until I was about 16 or 17 years old, and I dropped out of high school that I decided I was going to own a record label. I was making music at the time and I really loved it. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else because I didn’t really have an interest in anything else, yet. 

I didn’t want to go to college because you don’t need a college degree to own a label. Of course, I had no plan for how I would get the money to open a label nor did I know the first thing about owning a business, or even the field of business. I knew I didn’t want to go to school. I hated it. It was dreadful and I wasn’t even bullied. Looking back on it, I simply didn’t want to work. 

For the next few years I worked odd jobs while I made music. It wasn’t until I was 22 that I decided to go to a two year technical college and study Radiography. I finished that and realized during my rotations at the hospital that I hated the hospital setting. Still, I graduated with honors, and passed the state exam to get licensed, but decided not to work in the field. There went $20k down the drain.  

I went into direct sales and marketing insteading. That lasted six years. Throughout the course of those six years I took various jobs to keep me afloat because I wasn’t working hard enough to make enough sales. No surprise there. I quit school because I didn’t want to work. I quit every job I had because I got bored and felt my work was meaningless. I always had visions of being ultra successful, but my behavior never matched the vision. 

What I hated most about high school was waking up early. Probably because I had insomnia and would fall asleep late so I would always be tired in the morning. I never had that problem in middle school. They start at 9 am like a normal human being. High school starts at 7:30! I loved sleeping in mornings. I still do! I wasn’t doing 7:30!

If I wasn’t waking up early for school, I sure wasn’t waking up early for work. What do I have as a result? 

Nothing. 

Don’t sleep. 

-This is Life in the Leap 

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