February 9, 2013 by LMLRN.COM
We all get to a point in our lives where nothing seems to be stimulating or exciting for us. Having a job is absolutely fantastic, but not when it has become monotonous and you really aren’t learning anything.
So in fact, you’re earning money to go home and spend that money on actually enjoying yourself. You have to spend more money to compensate for the miserable time you had at work, so the fact that you have a job means you end up spending more to make up for it.
Therefore, having a job means you are always Just Over Broke (Job). You just have enough to live slightly comfortably but for this privilege, you have to give up the best hours of your day, use up all of your energy, and neglect YOU.
If, like so many employees out there you feel like this, it’s time for a change.
Some common attributes of someone in this situation are:
– They wake up in the morning dreading going to work
– They find their job unfulfilling and unchallenging
– They never seem to have enough free time to do what they love to do
– They have many dreams and aspirations that they procrastinate until a future date when all these perfect conditions are aligned before they pursue them
There are a lot more but you get the general idea…
I have always been someone who doesn’t stick around if I’m not having fun or if I don’t feel like I’m working towards my goals in a particular role. Why would I spend my days miserable just to pay my bills and end up spending more money cheering myself up because I have a job that makes me miserable? Seems like a vicious cycle to me.
We all have hobbies. We all have passions. Fear and anxiety are there because the outcome is unknown and it’s a natural feeling to have. The trick is to face it and do it anyway.
I took these steps and made a positive change in my life. I now enjoy every minute of my day. The steps I took to get myself out of the rat race are as follows;
1. Take some time and really think about what it is you love in your life
What do you love spending your time doing? What hobbies do you have that you wish you could spend all day doing? What dreams do you have for your future? Where do you want to be in 5 years? All these questions are important to think about and by exploring them, you’ll slowly realize that you can create a life around the things you love, without having to spend another day making someone else rich and sacrificing your future for it. Your dream life really doesn’t have to be a dream anymore.
2. Spend your free time more effectively
Like I said earlier, we make up for the time we spend at work by enjoying ourselves as much as we can during our time off. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you want to start designing your life without having to have a job, you need to spend this time thinking productively about what you could be doing and exploring these options. Explore any skills that you have and try to think about how they could generate revenue for you. There must be someone out there willing to pay for what you can do. It’s time to open yourself up to all the possibilities and focus all of your attention on them.
3. Tune your mind to think of opportunities everywhere
While you’re in this mindset, you will start to see possibilities all around you. There will be holes in the services that the businesses in your area provide. There will be something that you want done, but there isn’t a company that does it or they don’t do it the way you want it done. If you’re experiencing something, someone else out there might be just as disgruntled as you. As well as this, its good to remember that you don’t have to invent the next Mac, so if there’s someone already doing it, you can do it too if you think you can do it better in any way. Even Apple released the iPod over a year after the first MP3 players. That changed everything and so can you.
4. Pursue every avenue as far as you can
Its time to stop the procrastination and focus on every idea that you have. Focus on finishing every project you come up with and do all of your homework. You will never know if something is going to work unless you put the hours in, work at developing the skills you need and promote what you’re working on. See what other people in the new industry do and learn their methods. Add your personal touch and take it as far as you can.
5. Start to reduce your work hours
There will come a time that your job is holding you back in your freelance endeavor. You know that your time will be more productive if you weren’t at work and the best part is, you could be earning more money if you were focusing on your new venture. This is the time to discuss reducing your hours. You can start working part-time or take some time off as a career break. Some employers allow you to take a break without losing your job and if you don’t, use up all the vacation you have. When it’s over, you can re-evaluate and decide if you want to continue this.
This process helped me and I am continuing to develop my passions into a lifestyle that I love. There are some resources that have helped me and continue to do so, both in finding freelance work and hiring freelancers to bring some of my projects to life. I found them useful and I hope they help you make a positive change in your life.
Elance – A freelancer directory where you can post projects and ideas that you have and freelancers from around the world will bid to complete it for you. Make sure you check feedback’s, read the rules and do all of your due diligence as instructed by the site before you commit to anyone. It’s a great resource.
Guru – Very much like Elance, Guru is another resource that is gaining popularity. Guru is my preferred site because of its ease of use and excellent service. The site is easy to use, feedback can be checked diligently and the costs for freelancers are lower so you can get better offers here.
Both of the sites above can be used to advertise your own services. You can search other projects and offer them your expertise.
Two great books worth reading are $100 Start Up and 4 Hour Work Week. They’ve both created a following and had huge success catering to the disgruntled employee market. Get out there are see what you come up with.