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I used to have a job where I feared Mondays, well actually I feared almost every work day. The reason being: I was in a position where the company I worked for deemed it reasonable to send me out of town with almost no notice. And although I worked with good people, it made the job unnecessarily stressful. It wasn’t even that my work-life balance was unhealthy, it just didn’t even exist. For almost 5 years, I had a 2-week bag packed, always ready to go in the back of my closet. I got on a first name basis with a lot of hotel staff.
I was working in an industry that I went to college for. It’s work that I enjoyed, and I was good at it. But the amount of out-of-town work just wasn’t for me. It didn’t fit into the picture of what I wanted out of life. Always being away, not being able to have plans or do things I enjoy. Sure, the money was good. But making good money when you can’t enjoy it, wasn’t worth it to me.
When I talked to people about it, I got both ends of the spectrum. Some people encouraged me to make a change. While others thought that’s just how a job should be: it doesn’t need to be enjoyable, it’s just part of life. Asking for others opinions can be tough. They want to be honest, but they also what you to be okay. So taking a big risk (making a career change) can be too scary to think it’s a safe option.
But I knew that if I had to do something at least 40 hours a week for the next 40 years, this couldn’t be it.
I started reading more, and learning about passive income. The more I learned about investing, the more I discovered my passion for it. Later on, I started managing my own investments, and found that was something I’d like to do everyday. I’ve always been good with money, and I figured it was something I could try to help other people with too.
I got a chance opportunity and wanted to take full advantage of it. To me, a job isn’t just about the salary or benefits. But it’s about the lifestyle that the job could offer. Having a good work-life balance is important to me. If I make a lot of money, but all I do is work – it isn’t right for me. I wanted to change what I do for a living, and the lifestyle I’d be able to live outside of the 9 to 5.
I’m in a position now where I make a lot less money (for now). I am self-employed and building my own business. The first couple of year will be the toughest, but it will be well worth it. I get to make my own schedule, do something I love, and have complete control. Plus, I get to decide when I travel. I’ve also built a few different sources of income, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Being able to have more control over what I do has been such a refreshing change.
Weekends are great to relax, unwind, and do things that I love to do. As much as we could ever love our jobs, having down time is so important. It’s easy to get burnt out, and you won’t know you are until you already are. I find a lot of inspiration in the things I enjoy doing, and I find it helps keep me focused. At the end of the day it’s only life, and it’s meant to be enjoyed.
Mondays are also great because I get to work towards something I love doing. Having a list of meetings or prospecting goals is great. Creating content and even writing is a ton of fun for me. And often I can’t wait for Monday. I usually end up doing a bit of work on the weekend. But as I get more comfortable and into a routine, I’ll have things planned out even better.
If you feel like you’re in a rut, or at a job you can’t stand. Honestly, it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be very intimidating or overwhelming to try something else, but it definitely is an option. It isn’t always a quick transition. I spent about a year transitioning from one career to another. You want to be in a position to succeed, and sometimes that just takes time.
Having a job you love and look forward to is a real thing. And really you don’t have to have everything figured out. I still feel like I’m figuring things out, even though I like where I am. I believe now more than ever, that I’ll never truly feel content with everything. For me, having something to continually pursuit or chase is exciting. If I ever felt completely content, I feel like I wouldn’t be challenging myself.
A common theme I’m finding with my articles, is it’s always a tough first step. And for me I was worried for a long time about taking that first step. I’ve often had the impression I am not good at certain things, but really that wasn’t true. I just hadn’t had experience or practice yet.
By taking the first step, and getting out of your comfort zone, you’re expanding your skills. No one is good or bad at something, it’s just a matter of experience and practice.
We focus so much on striking-out, that we don’t think about hitting the home-run. There doesn’t need to be negative things throughout our day. But a lot of us settle for bad or negative jobs. Making a positive change doesn’t require a miracle, just effort. Your life matters more to you than anyone else, so if you want something you have to be the one to do it.
So instead of focusing on the negatives, look for positives. Try to complain less, and compliment more. Make sure to acknowledge the little things people do, and show appreciation. Start and end the day by thinking about 5 positive things. Change the background on your phone or computer to a positive quote, or a picture that always makes you smile.
Whether it’s a big step, or a little step. It’s still a step in the right direction.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended to encourage any lifestyle changes without careful consideration and consultation with a qualified professional. This article is for reference purposes only, is generic in nature, is not intended as individual advice and is not financial or legal advice.