Daily work will set you free

2 min readOct 15, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I feel trapped in this treadmill of improvement and success.

Something where every day we have to produce even though we live in one of the most abundant societies history has ever seen.

Everything we need is behind a paywall, food, literature, transportation.

We have to prove we are worth the currency it takes to sustain our lives.

People call it the everyday struggle.

There is no break. No point where you get to stop and say I have enough, and I need no more. Capitalism is just not set up that way, nor is the culture that surrounds it.

If you want something different, you have to put in work to change the system.

For me, it is music, but for many it will be something completely different.

Work + work = burnout.

What often happens is that people try to work a full time job, and then invest heavily in the thing they want to change. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.

If you approach change rapidly in that way, it’s likely you will burn out before you can truly see the fruits of your labor, some of which may take years. It’s easy to give up when life feels hard and unrewarding.

My secret: I set up a small goal, one that will work towards a skill or result I truly and deeply desire. Then I spend 15 minutes a day doing it. If I have time, 30, or 1 hour. And some days, when I do have the free time, and the work already feels like an easy habit to continue, I can get lost in hours and hours of work. But this is the exception, not the norm. The norm is struggling to carve out 15 minutes in my day to focus on something hard, doing it anyways, and feeling good about myself afterwards.

Daily work will set you free

You have a lifetime ahead for change. Get started in a healthy way.