Canceling cable TV soon
August 8, 2010
This is a little bit of something I learned a while ago. Once upon a time, I dropped out of college and got a job. It would be easy for me to blame it on video games, but the reality is I didn’t want to be in school very much, so I played video games instead. When I got home, I got a job working 40 hours a week at something like $8 an hour stocking shelves. It was really refreshing to live back in my parents basement and chill out for a while. I did all kinds of things just because I wanted to. I read A Clockwork Orange during my lunch breaks. I played video games until I was tired of them. I spent lots of time thinking about my future. And it didn’t take me long to figure out that the economics of working without a degree were not going to be very helpful in the long run. So towards the end of my first semester out of school, I told my parents I was going back.
Now, when I was a freshman they had helped me pay for things so I would not get a job. However, they told me they wanted me to take an entire year off and that I wasn’t getting any support if I went back early. I didn’t care, and in retrospect, it was a great decision. Not only did I not have any money for anything, I didn’t have anything to take with me. I moved into the dorms over the semester break and managed to get a room all to myself. I left my computer at home, along with my TV. And that semester, I learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life. I can get tremendous amounts of things done when I remove a few of the habitual distractions from my life. The next semester, I bought a new computer and got a TV, and while my grades dropped, I made do. I still needed some help and support along the way, but I had made it through a major transition in my way of thinking.
As I spend time thinking about the next 6 months of my life, I have come to the conclusion that I am in another transitional period. So many things need to be different for me to find success in starting mashtun that I need to eliminate as many distractions as possible. I quit playing video games on the computer last year, but I still periodically play FIFA on my PS3. All of those games are going away, along with cable TV. I know that if I dedicate myself and live simply, I will be surprised at my accomplishments six months from now.