I didn't mind though. You see, Mr Cadillac always left a good tip. And praised me for my efforts.
To keep my 'nice little earner' going, I needed to say no to other things:
- No to watching Saturday morning cartoons.
- No to late Friday night (secret) movie club with my siblings. Where we'd sneak out of bed to watch scary movies while mum was asleep.
- No to anything (friends, family... my pet hamster) that distracted me from fulfilling my car washing duties.
I didn't realise it back then, but I was training myself in a very powerful principle. One I'd take with me throughout my adult life. That principle is:
Be willing to let go of whatever's getting in the way of you receiving the thing you really want.
As an 11 year old, I was willing to let go of some normal kid stuff.
And my street cred. Because it wasn't cool walking around in soggy trainers, a ripped up t-shirt, and a big 'ole dirty bucket.
As an adult I'm willing to let go of other people's opinions and expectations. So I can grow into the person I want to become.
Sometimes that means disappointing family and friends, when choosing creative work over socialising.
Sometimes that means putting your big girl pants on, letting go of the ego and receiving constructive criticism. No one likes hearing negative feedback, but hearing truths is what shapes you into a better writer, designer, creator... human.
So tell me, what are you willing to let go of (or have let go of) to be the creator you want to become?