To most people, following your heart and doing what you love for a living is an impossible pipe dream. Maybe you have the perfect business idea which, if a reality would mean you would never truly ‘work’ a day in your life again. The problem however is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to take that gigantic step from quitting your stable day job to enter a world of risk, uncertainty and instability.
Never have I come across more people who are in this boat than my peers. There must be something in the water at the moment because almost every 25 to 30 year-old I know is unfulfilled and unhappy in their day jobs. They complain about the monotony of the job, the hours, the people, the restrictive methods of thought and the gruelling day-to-day grind. They crave challenge, achievement, success, freedom and happiness. It all seems so easy discussing it over coffee with friends but when it comes to the crunch, the excuses start piling up. I know, I’ve been there myself.
Self-doubt is a silent killer and it gets us all. Those negative thoughts creep in: What if I fail? What if I run out of money? What if my business doesn’t succeed? Then the justifications: I’ll start when I learn more about the business side of my passion; I’ll reach out to people when I have X amount of dollars in the bank; I’ll begin planning next financial year… The list goes on and on.
I’m stuck in plum in the middle of this dilemma right now. My head desperately wants to go down the traditional route. It tells me to secure a stable job, a steady income and a nice office to work out of every day. Yet my heart tells a different tale. Subtle signs are also pointing me this way. Being in the land of opportunity, I am confronted daily with small but worthwhile opportunities to grow, to expand and to branch out and do something different with my life. Heck, that is the sole reason I moved from Australia to New York – I was searching for bigger and better things.
Part of the reason I am writing this post is to keep myself honest. I want to be accountable to you, my readers, to ensure that I follow through with the steps I need to take to do something different, to forge a new path and to get out of the warm blanket that is my comfort zone. I promise to keep you updated on this (if you are interested!) The point is though, it is possible to follow your heart and chase your dreams. It is possible to quit your day job and strive for something more. It doesn’t matter how long you spent at law/business/medical school. If you’re not happy, do something about it and change it. You can change everything – so why wouldn’t you?