Two years ago, I was sitting behind a desk at a job I didn’t love. Everyday, I would go to work, come back home, and have no energy for the things I once loved to do. I realized the corporate world wasn’t for me. I had no idea how to get myself out of the situation I was in, and at the same time, make a living doing what I love. For many of us, it’s a scary thought, to leave a job to pursue the things we truly enjoy and even make money and have fun while doing it. I’m here to tell you that it is possible!
The first thing you have to do, is get out of the mindset we are conditioned into. Here are the things that worked for me, and the strategy I took in order to pursue my dream of starting my own business. Whatever your dream or passion may be, the first step you have to do is hold on tight and never let it go, no matter what others may think.
Take a break, a possible vacation alone. This could be a week, or a weekend. Take a step back and figure out what it is you enjoy doing. You can’t figure this out after work, or at home, you have to remove yourself from the day-to-day. Once you are in a peaceful state, you will be able to put your mind at ease. Breathe some fresh air, sit back and make a list.
Talk to your family
If you’re married, talk to your spouse about your plans. Let them know you want to pursue your passion, and ask them for their moral support. It’s definitely easier when you have a support system at home, this is extremely important. Like wise, if you are single, or living with your parents, talk to them about your plans, and ask them for encouragement. It makes it so much harder when no one understands, and having family behind you will give you that extra boost you need to pursue your dreams.
Make time to make it happen
If you don’t put in the time, your ideas won’t blossom. If you have a full-time job, this could mean working late at home towards your passion. I actually had to quit my job in order to do what I wanted to do. I just didn’t have the energy after work, and felt like it was slowing me down. Once you dedicate more and more time to your ideas, it will all come together. You will eat, sleep and dream your vision. As you get more involved, you will build momentum and nothing can stop you!
Understand that it won’t be easy
There’s a big misconception that when you do what you love, it’s all fun and games. First let me say that I would rather work 24 hours a day for myself than work eight hours a day for someone else! Does that make sense? At the beginning you will be wearing many hats, and working towards your goal will have its ups and downs, but just remember it will all be worth it!
Surround yourself with positive people
It always amazes me how negative people can be! At the beginning of my journey, many people I spoke to looked at me like I was crazy! Leaving my job? Why would I leave my comfortable 9-5? People just don’t get it! The one thing I did was remove the negativity and surround myself with happy, supportive, positive people. Some people just hold you back, office environments and co-workers can be discouraging. Surround yourself with friends and family that care and support you.
Don’t waist time…start NOW!
If you are sitting around waiting to make your dream happen, but never get to it, you are just wasting time. Each day that goes by is a day you could have started your journey. The longer you wait the harder it will be for you to get started. If you are like me, and have an entrepreneurial spirit, act quickly! Don’t sit around day dreaming, the older we get, the harder it gets to take risks. When I was working a 9-5, I would often tell people I was an entrepreneur at heart (they would look at me with a shocked face), but the more I said it out loud, the more I believed it. Understand that you are made for bigger and better things, act on it!
Figure out how to profit from your passion
Let’s face it, we want to do what we love, but we still want to pay the bills! Do some brainstorming, and figure out the many different ways you can profit from working for yourself. When I started my own business, I did it to be free from the “office environment” and to do the things I enjoyed. As long as it paid the bills, I was happy! If you have a great idea, you might even see yourself making serious money! I never thought I would make more than what I was making at my 9-5, but I did it, and so can you! Educated yourself, and learn from others that have done the same, network with like-minded people, be nice and you will go far!
I know many people who put “ifs” and “buts” whenever they do something. Being afraid won’t get you very far. We all have doubts, but trust in yourself, don’t be your own worst enemy. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they will often teach you a bigger lesson that you will eventually learn from. Don’t be scared of what people might think, you have control of your own ship, no one else does! One of the strategies I took was to start doing and stop worrying. Don’t let fear hold you back, keep learning and doing what makes you happy.
Patience is bliss
It takes time to create and build business. Understanding this from the beginning will help you on your journey. Be patient, success doesn’t always happen overnight, it can take years. Just know that it’s well worth the wait. You will have bumps on the road but you will also enjoy your new life. Being able to do the things that inspire you is the biggest gift you could give yourself. Enjoy the road ahead and good things to come.
“If you say that getting the money is the most important thing,
you will spend your life completely wasting your time.
You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living,
that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing – which is stupid.
Better to have a short life, that is full of what you like doing,
than a long life spending a miserable way…” (Alan Watts)
Hope you will take away from what I’ve learned along the way, if you have any questions, feel free to leave your comments below 🙂