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I quit my job to follow my dream. Many people have told me that I need to get a job and suck it up so I can make some money; nobody gets to do what they love. Really? That seems ludicrous. You should be happy you had a job because so many people are out of work, especially right now in the economic downturn. Evelyn, you should be looking for a job doing what you did before because you were really good at it! But that is something I really do not want to do. I do not want to be miserable for eight (or more) hours every day of my life, and even if I enjoy it, miss the opportunity to live my dream.
Who are they anyhow? Giving me unsolicited “advice” when there is no impact to them. This “advice” is just judgment; they are telling me what they think of me. Or rather, they may believe that nobody gets to live their dreams. There are always going to be haters. There are always going to be people who do not ‘get it’. People who feel that they have the world figured out and that if everyone just behaves the way they think each of us should, then everything will be just fine! But it won’t be fine, will it? Exactly why did I leave that job in the first place?
Because I have a dream.
Now, let’s be realistic; just because I have this dream does not mean that is it going to manifest itself. Not without some input from me. Whether you want to start a business, become an actor, write a book, record music, teach dance lessons, go back to school, open a charitable organization, move to Latin America, design clothing, have a baby, etc., etc., whatever turns your crank, you need to put effort into moving your dream in the direction you want to go, AND you are going to need to be able to support yourself while you are doing it.
It is nobody’s business how you support yourself, as long as you are not borrowing from them, leaving a debt to society, or stealing or doing something illegal in order to fund yourself. It is NOT their business if you want to use your savings to pursue your passion. It is NOT their business if your spouse (partner, parent, friend, etc.) is willing to pay the bills; that is only between you and that person. No one else’s judgment counts. If you don’t have money you can rely on, then you are going to have to rely on you. Again, it is up to you how to earn it and how much you need.
Before I left my job, I wrote myself an affirmation “Work on your passion as if it was your job, because it is.” I have not honored this affirmation as I should since I have been off work. Previously, I would leave my home each day at about 6:15 am to go to work and arrive home anywhere between 6 and 9 pm. That’s anywhere from 12 to 15 hours each day dedicated to a job that I hated. Can I not find the motivation to dedicate at least half of that amount of time to my passion which is my life purpose?
There is a lot that a person can do to lead them closer to achieving their goal.
Recently, I have discovered that I can go work at the public library and access internet for free. They also have computers and printers free of charge if I need them. I could go to a local coffee shop that has free Wi-Fi as well! This gets me away from all the distractions that occur at home from chores, to my family, to television.
When I google ‘Writing Jobs’ and I find quite a few possibilities that could be done on a contract or full-time basis dependent on my qualifications. There are also lists of places to advertise my blog and get advertisements to include on my blog page – another way to get paid.
I have eight hours a day (minimum) that I have identified should be dedicated to work. On average I teach about one fitness class a day, plus the travel and prep time, so that leaves about six hours each day that I can dedicate to my job of writing. I need to research publishing a book, free writer’s circles, volunteer writing assignments (and paid ones if I get that lucky), research the topics in my book that need more realism, increase my vocabulary, network with other writers, (publishers, editors, etc.). Just a quick search shows me that there are grants, writing contests, sponsorships that I am currently unaware of. You know nothing, Evelyn Earl!
Instead of bogging myself down in the mire of laundry, dishes, watching television game shows and reruns, I need to focus on what I want to do and who I want to be. Writing is not just about…writing, but all those peripheral activities that go along with it.
Sure, I could allow myself to fall back into the ‘quick fix’ of making money by getting another job that I absolutely hate and being eternally too tired to write when I get home after work, or I could take the opportunity that has been lain before me right now and just…WRITE!
So seriously, if you want to start a business, then spend eight hours a day investigating what it takes; what registrations and licenses you need, how much money and where can you get it, what is the best venue to use (brick and mortar building or online), who are your competitors, what makes you special. If becoming an actor turns you on, investigate actor’s associations, movies and theatre in your area, someone you can practice with. If
you want to record music, start a Youtube channel, go to karaoke, get on local television, start a band. If you want to go back to school, research ways to have it paid for or get a job that works around your schedule. OMG, anything that you want to do has some way of doing it. There have been pioneers before you that can show you the way and there is sooooo much on the internet to get you started. Do not be afraid to pick up the phone and start making phone calls; even if the response is a ‘No’ you can keep calling others.