When you live in a vibrate city like New York there is little time to be stuck on lazy. It’s the rhythm of the city that dictates the fast paced vibe you experience from day to day. Although, I am not sure where the phrase “places to go and people to see” originated from, I can bet a million dollars it was from someone who lived in New York.
As a native New Yorker who grew up on the lower East side in the 70′s, Water Street to be exact, I can remember learning at such a young age that New York City is the place where you live life to the fullest, experience as much as you can, and where you make things happen. Whether it’s owning a business, designing clothing, writing for a major publication, acting on Broadway, being an artist, or simply being fabulous, New York is the center of it all.
I have to admit that for several years, that notion of New York was lost and I became stuck on lazy. My job as a corporate trainer in the financial industry for over 10 years, is what I thought defined me. At that time, it was my life. It was who I was. On the contrary, it was none of those things. I became comfortable and complacent. I didn’t have to take risks, there was nothing more to learn, I knew my job, and the challenge to grow and develop became a thing of the past. It wasn’t until I realized that my life had already passed go without any stop signs that I changed things. And then, when the economy took a turn for the worse I was left without a job.
When the phone was not ringing I had to stop being lazy and challenge myself. Being lazy was my way of keeping success, growth, and happiness at bay. Playing it safe was easy and any fears I had kept me from taking a risk on me! When I finally divorced lazy and married the spirit of drive and success things changed. I was reinvigorated with that notion of New York City being the place where I could make things happen. I overcame the lazy period and was able to start a business, launch a t-shirt line, and I’m now building a clothing line (Urban FLRT) one piece at a time.
As Sean Combs (Puffy) said, “Lazy Money Don’t Make No Money.” The Lazy in that statement is YOU. If you’re stuck on lazy think twice because before you know it, life will have passed you by without you taking that risk on you. I say, GO FOR IT!