With the hockey lockout, I know a few of us are coping with hockey withdrawal. The symptoms are there, more awkward silences in conversations, boring T.V. shows at night and a whole lot of talk about gaming. Gaming can be a great way to cope with hockey withdrawal. In fact, the last hockey lockout witnessed a surge in online poker. Of course, you can pick your poison to cope with your hockey withdrawal but if you’re interested, I’ve got a tip for you: find a way to combine your leisure time with activities that also boost or enhance your productivity.

If you are like most people, you have a lot of different ideas that you hope to pursue ‘one day’. The illusive ‘one day’ syndrome can be a great coping mechanism for hockey withdrawal. Whether it’s playing in a league, creating a fantasy team or playing the guitar – it really doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy it and get the chance to participate. Once you start giving yourself those small activities, you will discover how easy it can be to pursue your interests.

The real line in the sand between wage earners and entrepreneurs is this ability to coordinate activities with money-making opportunities. For every problem you encounter, you have also stumbled onto a potential business venture. For every activity you engage in, you learn, grow and meet new people. New experiences effortlessly facilitate opportunities – you just have to cultivate the right mindset.

Don’t over-think the whole thing. Enjoy yourself and stay open to opportunities around you. The biggest obstacle in achievement is your perception of limitations. Resources are all around us, there’s a lucrative business solution for every problem and there’s always room for improvement. So this hockey season, while you are looking for ways to cope with hockey withdrawal, turn the page from viewership and move on to active participation. Whether you find inspiration for new money-making ventures or just enjoy yourself, you won’t be disappointed with your results

Steve Martel
Steve Martel is a serial 8-figures/yr business magnet, real estate mogul, millionaire philanthropist, author, educator, public figure & happily married father of 4 little munchkins under 10. His teachings and concepts have revolutionised the lives of over 100,000 entrepreneurs around the world and he has consulted 428 clients who’ve collectively created businesses worth over $560 million in the last 5 years alone.