This was a lot of fun to make. Enjoy!
Mike and the Lemme Sleep Production Team
What up? How you been? I've been pretty good over here - just doing work and trying to put out some decent content.
In the meantime, I figured I'd share a little more backstory on my year so far. It's been pretty dang crazy to be honest. Some highlights:
Bought a house
Became a landlord
Got really sick
Went to some concerts
Lost some weight
Changed jobs again
Produced a music video
For the full story, read on.
Yup - a serious, professional-quality one too. Never done this before, but it's been fun as shit so far and I've been lucky enough to work with some really talented people.
A little backstory - right around the time I published the first blog post, my friends and I decided it would be fun to produce a parody video of one of our favorite rap songs, "Lemme Freak" by Lil Dicky. We loved the idea so much that within a week, we had a whole professional production crew on the job and the video is looking pretty OK in my humble opinion.
We'll be doing a soft release on 10/16 for our personal friends and readers of this blog, so shoot me an email if you'd like the password. Otherwise, look out for the public release on my YouTube channel later this month.
For a little preview, here are a few behind-the-scenes photos:
That’s right - “figure,” not “figured.” I've made a few noteworthy accomplishments in my career so far, but I'm still basically learning as I go, to be honest. Let’s get that straight in the first paragraph.
Sometimes it feels like the older I get, the more difficult questions I have to face. In particular, this one not-so-simple question:
“What should I do with my life?”
That question can be a real bitch. I’ll never forget my first existential panic attack – I was hanging at my best friend’s house during winter break freshman year, playing video games and being lazy, when all of life’s most difficult questions came out of fucking nowhere and drop-kicked me in the chest.
What’s the meaning of life?
What is the true nature of God and the Universe?
What is my reason for living?
Will I ever get to date a Texas cheerleader?
I actually called an ambulance to save me from what I thought was a heart attack (I ate a lot of greasy junk food back then. It made sense.). Fortunately the paramedics were cool about it, and we shared some laughs after I calmed down.
I’ll tell you something though – even with all these difficult questions I still face on a daily basis, I still manage to maintain a healthy level of optimism. This kind of uncertainty used to give me nasty anxiety, but nowadays I try to embrace it. It's oddly exciting not to know where I'll end up a year from now.
So as I was saying, career uncertainty can be pretty fun (when properly managed). Here’s a step by step framework of what I do to make the most out of a life of career uncertainty.
To anyone visiting already, thank you so much for your interest. I am working on the first actual post as we speak, so please check back soon. In the meantime, please feel free to check out the My Teachers page for some recommended reading material.
Possible Upcoming Topics
How I figure out what to do with my life (yes, "figure" - not "figured")
How I stopped being a shithead with women
A summarized list of things that make me happiest in life
How to make small talk
How to make actual friends as an adult with a job
How to get promoted
How to throw house parties
How being a cheap-ass can lead to more happiness in life
Meditation is not bullshit