Before I get started, let me say I am in no way shape of form knocking those who work a nine to five, who find joy sitting in an office or where ever, who truly love what they are doing. It is amazing feeling to get paid for doing something you love… I’m writing this mainly for those who feel the exact opposite. The ones who have so much magic resting at the tip of their fingers but allow fear of failure to hold them back. So they stay at that dead end job, dull themselves to fit in with corporate America, work eight hours and complain for eight more hours about the eight hours they just worked.
I’ve always said that the path our parents walked is much different than the one paved for my generation. Back then, job security was a huge feat. You found a good government, state, or city job, worked for fifteen to twenty years, or until you were at the age of retirement and then enjoy whatever time you had left to live. Most of our parents didn’t go to college or went and didn’t finish because getting that good paying job came first. That was their security. With that being the primary “norm”, it only made sense that those same ideas and courses of action be instilled in us. Alongside that, the attendance of college became more dire. Go to school, get your degree, and now you have a better chance of getting that good paying job. But like Ye’ said the concept of school seem so secure, but its not. Don’t get me wrong I learned plenty from attending college and the experience in itself was worth it but I’m not sure it provided the security our parents or those before us thought it would...Not To Everybody
Before I go any further let me explain what I mean by job security because I don’t mean the definition Wikipedia gives. When you go into business for yourself, there is no guarantee return on your investment. There is no for sure paycheck, at least not one you can live off of until you really make it. When you work for a company, 99% of the time that check is coming on the first or the fifteenth, weekly or bi-weekly. If you put in your time, you will get paid. That is a definite. When you think of it that way, who would be foolish enough to shy away from that right? And even if you happen to find yourself on the chopping block, depending on the reason for your new found freedom, unemployment will cover you up to a point. There is nothing wrong with wanting that assurance. That is the only reason I’m at my current workplace and not full-time with my writing or other endeavors. And that’s not to say I completely hate my job but I also am aware that I could do so much more if all of my time was my own, if I could spend those eight hours working on my shit and not somebody else’s.
Again, I’m not knocking the traditional way of getting money, if that’s how you choose to get it but….
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? And if its something other than what you’re currently doing why not try doing that…
Look at the creators of snap-chat. People took them for a joke when they first came out. It was a little rinky dinky app that was primarily used for people who wanted to be sneaky. Overtime. It became a company worth over 20 billion, so unique in the fact that Instagram revamped their app to stay constant in what was popular. What did they sacrifice in order to make it happen? Did they leave a well paying job? Did they spend less time with family? Did they have to let go of the people who had little to no faith in their process?
I read this article on Forbes that I will never forget, mainly because it made my fears take a back seat to my will to succeed. Of course, I’ll drop the link at the bottom and you can take what you want from it but I think he made a few valid points
“The ability to become an entrepreneur has never been easier” he says. “People are starting their own businesses with Uber, raising money with sites like Kickstarter, selling their own products on sites like Etsy….The ability to learn anything you want and build an offering around it has never been easier, and the demand never greater.”
So to all of those people out there who minds won’t let them sleep because the constant barrage of ideas and inventions or whatever, won’t let them…Don’t work eight hours for a company then go home and not work on your own goals….Don’t let the fear of not making it hold you back….Dont be the person sitting at the computer months from now, looking at the next big thing happen, saying “Damn I had that idea years ago…”
I’m not telling you to quit your job. Definitely not telling you to do that…because I cannot supplement your income….but don’t let it hold you back either…There’s 24 hours in a day…That company takes eight…your family might take a few….Household obligations may take a couple….But there’s still some hours left for you…Dont short change yourself…
1. Ease up on the television. If you find that you don’t have as much time to yourself as you would like, miss a couple of shows. I sometimes don’t catch up on my favorites shows till two weeks later thanks to On Demand or DVR.
2. Use your lunch hour wisely. Brainstorm. Jot down a game plan for once you get home
3. Research. Even if you don’t have the time to impement anything immediately. Do your research so that when the time comes your TTG. Trained To Go.
4. Network. If you can’t make it to any events in your city, use social media. Strike up conversation with like minded individuals or people you can learn from. I’ve recently found new value in connecting on social media!
5. Find comfort in the sacrifice. This is important because stepping out on your own or doing something new will require some sort of sacrifice. Time, money, even people. The first half of my book I wrote working two jobs. I literally had no days off and was leaving one job and going straight to the next, to turn around and leave that job, shower, take a two hour nap and go back to my other job. I wanted to cry but I still found time to write because the end game was far more important than a few hours of sleep. I was probably the meanest person you could bump into at the time but I got it done.
6. Stop listening to the people who are doubtful of your capabilities. Even if it’s not coming from a place of malicious intent. Even if they are just trying to keep you level headed. Stop listening to them. Their fears are not your own. You don’t have to buy into that or take them on.
7. Last but not least. TRY. IF IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU, IF YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT IT…TRY.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.