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We Can All Learn A Lesson From Nick Cannon’s Decision To Quit His Radio Show

Submitted by on February 20, 2012 – 1:06 pmNo Comment

I’m guilty of it. You’re guilty of it. And, most recently, Nick Cannon proved that he’s guilty of it, too. So often these days, we all get so caught up in working hard, making money, and trying to provide for our families that we lose sight of the one thing that we all need—our health.

If you haven’t heard by now, Cannon released a statement on Friday announcing that, effective immediately, he’ll no longer be hosting his morning radio show on 92.3 NOW. At the end of last year, he was hospitalized with kidney issues. And a little over a week ago, he was hospitalized again, this time with blood clots in his lungs that forced his doctors to tell him that he needed to scale back his schedule, or else…

“Under doctors’ orders, I have been asked to put my health first and cut back on some of my professional commitments in order to allow my body to get the rest that it needs to keep up with the demands of my multi-tasking schedule,” he said in the statement.

He later clarified the situation further on his Twitter account by saying, “I guess I can’t drive at 200 mph for the whole road trip. Time to put the car in cruise control. Even Super Man had to sleep!”

Even Super Man had to sleep. Those words should hit close to home for a lot of us. The problem is that so many of us have become obsessed with success. And those who have enjoyed success often talk about how they had to put themselves—and their bodies—through hell in order to obtain it. It’s a very counterproductive practice. We work and work and work and work and work to get success. And then once we get it, we’re so rundown and beat up that we don’t even get the chance to fully enjoy it.

It’s harmful to all of us. And it’s one of the reasons that I started thinking more about my approach to working when I heard about Nick Cannon’s decision to scale things back. Granted, I don’t want to compare my situation to Nick Cannon’s. That guy works. But, as a freelance writer, I routinely put in 10, 12, and even 14 hour days and jam pack my days full of writing. Because I don’t have a regularly scheduled paycheck that comes in every two weeks, I take on as much work as I possibly can—sometimes too much work (just ask my girlfriend!)—in order to keep the money coming in. And, once it does? Well, I’m usually too busy to enjoy it. I’m already on to the next batch of assignments.

Not that I’m complaining. I’m very happy with what I do and I’m glad that I get to do something that I really love to do. But I also realize that I’m not going to be able to work at this pace forever. Or, am I? Am I going to try to do it and eventually burn myself out like Nick Cannon? Am I going to let my work affect my social life, my relationship, and, most importantly, my health? Am I going to end up in a doctor’s office being told that I need to stop doing everything I’m doing?

No, I’m not. The most important thing I learned from Nick Cannon’s current situation: There are more important things in life than work. So, moving forward, I’m not going to work my hands to the bones every day typing away on my keyboard. I’m going to do everything I can to work—and work hard—but to enjoy life as much as I can as well. Thanks for making me realize that, Nick—that success means nothing if you don’t have your health.

I hope others picked up on that, too, because we’re all guilty of losing sight of our health at one time or another. And without it, we really have nothing. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a break. I’ll see you tomorrow…

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