Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your Passion

Excuses You Use To Not Follow Your PassionWhenever I tell someone that I left my day job to pursue what I want in life, I usually hear a lot of excuses about why they could never do the same.

There are so many excuses that I hear each time, but I won’t lie – I used to tell myself the same or similar excuses all the time. I finally just had to force myself to take the leap before it actually happened and seemed real.

I’m not saying that you should go into your job tomorrow and quit your job right away. I think you should always have a plan if you can and have the opportunity to do so. Thinking about income, expenses, emergency funds, taxes, health insurance and so on are all important things to think about before you make the leap.

Here are several excuses that you may be using.

 

I’m not rich enough to do that.

When I first made the switch to self-employment, someone actually had the nerve to say to my face that it “must be nice to have parents fund your lifestyle.” I had to laugh. This person obviously had no idea who I am or what my story is.

I don’t think being rich has anything to do with following your passion. Yes, it may make it easier to follow your passion if you have millions of dollars, but you also might just need a better plan.

You might need to work on your passion in your spare time, you might have to build up an emergency fund, you may have to pay off your debt, and so on before you leave your day job, but I think it is possible with hard work.

Even if you have to return to school to achieve your goals, some universities have programs in place that will help you to pay for the cost of tuition. Keep in mind that you might have the chance to take your degree courses online, so you will not have to quit your current job, pay the cost of commuting, and take on a mountain of debt in order to go back to school.

When you enter a degree program that features a tuition reduction option, you can save money while working towards your dream. If you’ve always loved detective shows and have an interest in law enforcement, then you could pursue a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice, which will open you up to a whole list of new opportunities.

 

What if it doesn’t work out?

So many people are afraid that it won’t end well if they go for their passion.

Well, guess what?! You won’t know until you try!

If you have the time and money, then creating a backup plan wouldn’t hurt you. Not all businesses and ventures work out, and for all you know, you might end up hating your passion.

 

I have no one to help me reach my goal.

I didn’t have anyone help me! I believe that success all comes from hard work. If it wasn’t a hard goal to reach, then I don’t think it’s much of a goal.

Do things on your own and you will appreciate it much more.

P.S. Have you read about the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents? She didn’t want to follow their rules (such as a curfew) so she decided to move out, and she decided to sue so that they would STILL PAY FOR HER COLLEGE AND EXPENSES. Seriously, read this. I bet this girl will use the excuse “I had no one to help me reach my goal.”

 

I’ve already put so much money and time towards _____….

This goes along with the excuse of “It’s too late.” Some don’t want to change their major, change their job, etc. because they are afraid of the progress that they’ve already made.

Trust me, I had the same excuse. I worked at my day job for three years and even though that’s not very long, I felt very stuck. I didn’t want to go backwards and I was afraid of ruining what I already had. However, I knew with each day that passed that it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t want to waste anymore days.

 

I don’t have the time.

I hear the “I don’t have time” excuse ALL THE TIME. You probably do have time to pursue your passion. Yes, you might have to try it out during your spare time. You might have to work long hours. You might have to make sacrifices.

Not all passionate jobs came easily!

 

What excuses have you heard?

 

Four Months Of Being Self-Employed

Four Months Of Being Self-EmployedI left my day job in the beginning of October (I gave them my notice way before that though), and self-employment has been treating me right so far.

Here is my update after being self-employed for four months. I have learned a lot, but I know that I am still a youngin’ in the self-employment world.

I don’t mind working independently.

One thing that nearly every single person I talk to about my self-employment is how lonely I must be working from home. I almost have to laugh every single time because I definitely talked to even fewer people when I worked at my day job.

At my day job, I worked in an office, but I still worked independently. I worked in an industry filled with older men (everyone was at least twice my age, but most were three times my age), so it’s not like I was being swarmed with office friends every day.

Working from home is great, and I don’t mind being by myself. I see my friends often, Wes more than ever, and I get to see other people more as well.

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Yup, I still wear my pajamas all the time.

Occasionally, I will change into “real” clothes, but usually that is only to change into workout clothes. Or when I need to go somewhere.

However, if I’m going to just be at home all day I see no reason to wear anything else besides yoga pants and a sweatshirt. I still put on makeup and do my hair though.

EDIT: I just showed Wes that image and he thought it was funny, but he thinks I should change out of my pajamas by noon each day. LOL like that’s going to happen…

It is actually great to wake up in the morning.

I look forward to waking up in the morning and working. I also look forward to the workweek. Before, I would absolutely dread Saturdays (just because it meant the next day was Sunday), and Sunday was always the worst day ever.

My schedule is getting better. 

Before, I was doing horrible with keeping a schedule. I didn’t have one and I was pretty much on my laptop at all hours of the day.

Now, I dedicate each day and certain time slots towards different things that I need to do. Because of this, I also feel more motivated to complete work on time instead of procrastinating.

I’m cooking and eating at home a lot more.

When I first made the switch, I still wasn’t doing the greatest with eating at home. However, now it’s pretty much all we do. Eating out just doesn’t even taste good anymore, and sometimes it seems like a waste of my time.

St. Louis isn’t exactly known for great food though (except for BBQ and toasted ravioli 🙂 ), so maybe if we lived somewhere else, it would be different?

I have a regular workout schedule as well. 

I have been doing awesome with working out. I am doing the T25 workout schedule, running on the treadmill, going for walks outside, lifting, and more. I am working out 4 to 5 days a week and it has left me feeling awesome each and every day.

People are starting to take me seriously, I think…

When I first told people I left my day job to work from home, most people thought I was making a bad/crazy decision. They thought I was just quitting my job to do nothing all day.

I have been asked numerous times what it is I do all day, and how boring it must be to do nothing all day.

Now, I have given myself an actual title (I use various titles/names – website manager, online freelancer, my marketing business), and for some reason just giving myself a title has led to people taking me more seriously. And, that is fine by me!

Lastly, I can’t wait for warmer weather.

Starting my self-employment when it was cold outside wasn’t the greatest. And it’s still cold…  Being stuck inside all day is no fun. Last week, we had some fairly nice weather and it was nice to break up my workday by going outside.

I can’t wait for the warmer weather when I can go outside in the middle of the day and go for an awesome bike ride. It’s the little things in life that make life good!

What else do you want to know about my four months being self-employed?

How is self-employment treating you?

 

Finding A Job That Suits The Lifestyle You Want

Finding A Job That Suits The Lifestyle You WantWhat job do you currently have? Is this your dream job?

Many people seem to be searching for the perfect job for them because they think having their dream job will also equal overall happiness. Yes, this sounds nice, but I don’t think it always works out that way.

I think what’s important is finding a job that suits the lifestyle you want. This doesn’t always mean that you must have your dream job. Lets be honest, your dream job may not mean that you will have the lifestyle that you want.

I love what I currently do. However, what I really love about it is that I am able to do what I want to do in my free time as well.

I enjoy my time working, I enjoy my free time, I enjoy my flexible schedule, the location independence and everything else.

My business allows me to have a great work-life balance and I love everything about it.

Here are my tips to find a job that suits the lifestyle you want.

What do you love to do?

This applies to both your job and what you like doing in your free time. You don’t have to love your job, but I do think that you should at least somewhat like it.

If you really hate your job, then it would be hard to have the lifestyle that you want outside of work because you would probably be really stressed. A healthy medium is important here.

Okay, let’s get back on point. What do you love to do in your free time?

The job that you look for should be a job that allows for this. If you love to spend time with your family and friends and really value that, then getting a job that means you will be traveling 99% of the time probably won’t be for you (at least not for the long-term).

Also, you might have a great job, but what if it requires you to work 80 hours per week? If your dream lifestyle is to have a good work-life balance, then an 80 hour per week job probably won’t provide that.

Try to come up with an action plan to reach your dream lifestyle. 

If you really want to land a job that will suit the lifestyle you want, I think you need a well-thought out plan with steps to reach it.

If you want a certain job that will allow for you to have a great work-life balance, what jobs interest you that actually allow for that? How can you get that job? Are you sure that it actually provides for the lifestyle that you want? What will happen if you were wrong?

You might want to start by upgrading your education, especially if your dream job requires an advanced degree. Even if you do not necessarily need a master’s degree to receive consideration for a particular job, it certainly does not hurt to have one. Luckily, it is easier than ever before to upgrade your education because you can enroll in online courses. Through these courses, you can complete your assignments in your spare time and earn the degree that will help you achieve your goals without ever having to set foot in a classroom.

Test out your plan.

I don’t recommend job hopping to hundreds of different jobs to figure out what will work for you. That would take too long and you would be wasting your time and the time of others. It also wouldn’t look good on your resume most likely if you job hopped every month. You might want to look to your network, ask others about their jobs, shadow someone, or contact a recruitment agency to try to find the best fit for you.

If you have the time, then you may want to test out your dream lifestyle job in order to see if it actually works. An example would be to start this job in your free time (maybe over the weekend or over a long vacation?) and really see if this job leads to your desired lifestyle.

It is also wise to also remember that starting out in a job may mean that you don’t like it, however, with promotions it may lead to your dream job with your dream lifestyle. You may have to sacrifice your dream lifestyle in the beginning.

Do you know what your perfect job is? What must a job allow for you to do?

Are you searching for your dream job or a job that will fit your dream lifestyle?