Escape the Job
As of late, the idea of having a job has been depressing😢. Did you know, you are only required to work 10 years to be eligible to get Social Security checks when you turn 65 years old? Yeah! I found that out after working over 10 years already. Quitting
my job after getting that news was not an option though. I had about a 40 year gap to get through before those government checks rolled in. However, it did get me thinking about the type of careers a person must have to work only 10 years then be able to retire.
Outside of being an athlete, successful salesperson, or an inventor, I was pretty much short on job ideas. After a bit more research, it became apparent that I was clearly in the wrong line of work. With over 15 years of being employed, there is this feeling of wasting god given talents and being a slave to a corporation. The blame for this feeling is not fully on any of my jobs. American jobs can be better, as far as weekly hours and pay goes, but that is another topic for another day.
You know that saying, "Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life." Well, 🤔it has been weighing heavily on my mind. Waking up to get started on something that you enjoy and make money from. Is that possible? Well, that saying had to come from somewhere, right?! Of course, it's possible. I did it, and you can too. How? Well, that is a good question. I can tell you how I started, challenges and steps included. Disclaimer, this is not a 🤑get rich blog.😐😑😐
Let me confess, it was a process of 4 steps. So, I'll start from the beginning. Before I started doing what I enjoyed, making my own hours, and making a living, I was working for a decent company. Now, the first step you must take to never working a day in your life is to know yourself and what you love.
Step 1: "Know Yourself and what you love"
Without going into a long backstory, I knew myself and what I wanted to do before I started working for this company. I wanted to have a business of my own. I just didn't have the proper guidance and support to achieve it. While working for this company I started to take baby steps to where I genuinely wanted to be.
For a few years I stayed at one of the lowest positions in the company. This was done for 3 reasons:
Laziness 🦥 - I got comfortable with how easy it was and the lack of responsibility.
Fear 😨 - Applying for more responsibility was going into unknown territory.
Learning 🤓 - I wanted to gain the business education through experience.
It was a process in the beginning because the first challenges I needed to overcome were
my own personal issues with "Complacency", "Fear", and "Focus". After I dealt with those issues, I was able to take my first step towards what I wanted, which was learning the "Staff" level of business. Once I got back to that mentality of getting what I wanted, I was ready to apply myself to higher positions in the company.
During the remaining years at this company, I was able to work in different management positions, allowing me to gain experience and learn different skills. It was getting me closer to where I wanted to be, but I was not doing what I enjoyed. Eventually, I quit that job and took a big leap of faith. The second step is to believe in yourself, find your drive, and use it.
Step 2: Believe in yourself, find your drive, and use it to get what you want.
Unemployment can be a motivator, especially when you lack a strong financial support system. However, your drive could be anything that encourages you to keep going.
While unemployed, I would feel discouraged at times and start looking for a regular job again, but the constant reminder of long hours and low pay motivated me to stay focused. The third step is to stay focused.
Step 3: Stay Focused
Running back to what you know is not always the best thing to do. Instead,
you want to find something that serves your purpose. In my case, I was able to find a flexible job that gave me the time that I needed to work on my personal projects, and the pay to support myself. There are a lot to choose from these days if you have a car, computer, extra empty space, etc. To get some of the best options out there for flexible jobs or income, Subscribe to Just For You. You will get a list of flexible jobs and more to help you on your success journey. You also need to stay focused.
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Once I was able to satisfy my concerns, I was able to use my time to start working on my business. The fourth and last step is to have a business plan.
Step 4: Have a business plan.
Do what you love and do it with a purpose. Use that purpose to create a business plan that you can follow. Your business plan does not have to require for you to spend lots of money, especially now, with the pandemic still in full effect. Your plan should simply outline short- and long-term goals that you can or want to achieve with what you love. This way, instead of blindly doing what you love, you can follow a thought-out process on enjoying life with your god given talent and still making a living for yourself.
Your journey to living and earning may happen different from mine. My process required experience, personal growth, and sometimes, extreme conditions. However, your process may be to start somewhere else, like school or a mentorship. It may even include a stronger support system from family and friends. Nonetheless, applying the 4 steps in this blog will get you through whatever route you do take to escape the job. 🏃♂️🏃♀️💨