I recently watched the 2022 documentary Halftime, featuring Jennifer Lopez.
Now, at the risk of offending someone, I still feel it important to tell you that I’m not a fan of J.Lo, her music, or her acting (which has admittedly gotten better).
But after watching the documentary, I got two things: 1) her intense work ethic (which I respect and admire), and 2) her commitment to representing her culture (which came off in a weird way in the documentary, but I respect anyone who takes a stand for what matters to them).
In an odd way, I also felt like I was watching a kindred spirit.
At her 50th birthday, she says, “I’m just getting started.”
Later in the documentary, she says, “I still have so much to do.”
I feel the same way, and I say the same things all the time.
Even when I went to Japan in 2017, and all my friends were saying, “we’re all ossan now” (which literally translates to “uncle,” but it’s as good as saying “that stinky old man over there”).
And how did I respond? I said, “I’m just getting started.”
I can’t compare my accomplishments to that of J.Lo, nor do I mean to.
But when I think about the contribution I’m going to make, the books I’m going to write, the music I’m going to produce, man, I’m just getting started, and I still have so much to do.
No matter where you may be at in life…
No matter what you have or haven’t accomplished…
No matter how many tragedies, difficulties, or challenges you may have faced…
I want you to get this:
You’re just getting started, and you still have so much to do.
Learn from J.Lo. She doesn’t look “old,” I bet she doesn’t feel “old” either, even at 53.
You’re not a dog who can’t learn new tricks. You’re so much more capable than you even realize.
Make 2023 the year you prove this truth to yourself. Don’t wait. Time is passing. Now is the time to go out and make the difference you know you can make as an artist.
How do you go about accomplishing more in 2023 than you did in 2022?
I would make the argument that my new Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook is the perfect place to get started.