During my screenwriting days in Los Angeles, I was told I’d need to write a minimum of 4 – 5 screenplays a year in order to be “successful”. Sometimes it took me up to 3 months just to write one. But even then, once I’d completed it, I was told to start writing my next script. This method didn’t give me any feeling of satisfaction and I forgot to celebrate my achievements along the way. Not to mention feeling burned out.
After several years of this, I took the road less traveled. I finally left LA and moved to Maui, Hawaii. Living away from the entertainment industry and choosing a life of simplicity actually proved to be a win-win for me. I began to have a whole new perspective. I started to enjoy the writing process again, had less distraction, and as a result more inspiration for storylines because I was now living life in the flow. It’s interesting when you think about it. The ocean flows and lava flows…basically life just flows in Hawaii.
I’m still a screenwriter but that’s not all I do anymore. I write when I feel like. Creativity can’t be forced. Plus I’m a Gemini and I’d become restless if I was just doing the one thing. I’ve always had a passion for health and wellness and a natural ability to inspire others to live their dreams.
Workaholism is neither productive or sustainable and leads to stress and burnout.
Steps to overcome workaholism
- Work smarter, not harder
- Redefine success
- Practice mindfulness
- Take vacations
- Set boundaries
- Physical exercise
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