Stop "Grinding" And Start Living: Create Your Next Big Break Through The Power Of Play

When was the last time you did something that wasn’t attached to a sport and wasn’t a part of your master plan to take over the world? You are so driven to achieve, excel and dominate that you forget that every now and again you need to stop and do something that makes you smile from ear to ear. That is what finding your passion after sports means. Yes, there is a time and place for building your brand, but don’t trade one all-consuming identity for another one.

I’ve had the opportunity to sing on many stages since my playing career ended. Singing was always something that I had enjoyed doing, but I was never able to be in the choir at school or participate in the talent shows because I had practice or games. I don’t make money from singing nor fame, but it’s an outlet to express my creativity. Listening to music and singing has led me to think about ideas for businesses, conversations with influential people that gave me great advice and lasting relationships that are easy to nurture, because we already have something in common.

I’m not going to spend time in this article talking about the reasons that athletes need to find passion and other interests outside of sports. Here is a good article if you aren’t familiar with the struggle. Here are a few ways to spark your creativity and discover what could be your greatest passion.

Think back to when you were a kid.

Rob Levit, a Maryland-based creativity expert says, “It’s amazing how disconnected we become to the things that brought us the most joy in favor of what’s practical.” As you get older you forget what used to make you excited and curious. Perhaps taking a trip down memory lane would strike a chord with your inner fire. Also, studies have shown that many discoveries come through play, not only as kids, but as adults as well. Your next business idea could come from your favorite Saturday morning activity.

Start doing things that you enjoy without the expectation of getting paid.

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Big Magic, said this, “The reason I always maintained other streams of income was because I never wanted to burden my creativity with the task of providing for me in the material world.” This is a New York Times Best-Selling author people. If you do not want to turn something you love into a business or a way to earn income, don’t REQUIRE it to pay you…at first. Eventually you can make the millions, but enjoy the ride too.

Take some time to chill.

Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad and easily one of the greatest business leaders in the world, said that he takes a month-long vacation every year where he just relaxes and spends time with his family and friends. Granted he has worked very hard to get to the place where he could do that, but the purpose of the vacation is to reset. He explained that a lot of his ideas came to him during this period of relaxing and taking a break from “business thinking.” While all the experts are telling you to hurry up and get a job, remember to take some time to reflect, play and relax. Your next big break is coming sooner than you know.

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