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What is Your Dream?
Most people have a dream, or something they rather be doing than the line of work they are currently in. I’ve heard so many times that someone would love to open their own store, or be their own boss. But they do absolutely nothing to try and achieve it. The next thing you know is you wake up and you’re 75 years old and you regret not going for what you want in life.
Yes, I know you’ve heard this story so many times before and it’s so much easier said than done. Life gets in the way. You have a family, kids and so you make excuses that you can’t do what you really want because you need to make money to support everyone. I know, I get it. But that’s actually a very responsible and noble thing to do instead of being a dead beat. The problem with that is your soul begins to die and resentment and regret starts to blossom.
I’ve been working in the same career now for 17 years. I’m grateful that I have a stable income and all of the things that go with it. Being broke and jobless will force you to be grateful for that. But I have to admit, I have become a little complacent with my day job. So I started this blog almost 3 months ago. I would be lying if I told you that I don’t expect to make any income from it. But it would be very nice if I did, and that is my goal.
I had no idea blogging would be so much hard work. There is always something to do and improve on and learn. So far it has been never ending work and it takes up a lot of my time. But I love doing it. I like knowing that people (very few right now) are reading what I wrote and it will hopefully make their financial lives a little better.
Having a full time job, being in a committed relationship, being a parent to a 1 year old Malti Poo and now blogging has changed my life. But my partner thinks I spend way too much time blogging. Balancing our free time together has been very challenging these last few months. But I have learned how to make all of these things manageable, and it’s by having more balance in my life. Balance is the key to making everything work harmoniously in your life. I’ve learned this the hard way.
I don’t know how long my blogging career will last. It could be until next month or next year. I’ve heard most bloggers quit after just 9 months. I really hope to stick it out longer than that but who knows what will happen? Maybe I’ll run out of things to say? Or I just don’t get enough traffic to my site to make it worth going. My point is that at least I know and I’ve tried.
Starting is the Hardest Part
My only regret I have about blogging is that I wish I had done it sooner. I wish I just went for it because I really had nothing to lose. But I’m glad I finally started something new and to most people, that is the biggest challenge. Starting.
I kept putting off blogging or starting a new project because I was comfortable at work and I usually do not like change unless I am forced to do it. But I read on Facebook that people can actually make money by blogging and a light switch went off in my head. I’ve always loved writing and talking about finance so why not start a personal finance blog? And to maybe make some money off of it too. For me, it sounded like a win win situation.
The hardest part was starting. Once I got the ball rolling, everything else just came more easily. I just wished I started earlier like I had mentioned before. I think for most people, just starting anything new is the toughest part of forging ahead. For those of you who ever went to a gym, you know what I’m talking about. You dread going but once you get there, you just do it. And you feel so much better that you did. That is the same exact feeling for starting something new in your life.
If you ever wanted to do something different with your life, what is stopping you? Why don’t you just do it already? The more time you put it off, the more likely you will never get around to it. This could apply to anything. Bungee jumping, going to Europe, getting in better shape, starting a business, starting your own podcast or going back to school. Just do it!, like those Nike ads always say.
Time goes by so fast and you realize this more and more as you get older. We’re all on borrowed time. So what are you waiting for? I’m sure you have a million excuses to not pursue your dreams, but the only real thing stopping you is YOU. As long as what you want is legal and it is not hurting anybody, then I say go for it already.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Everyone is afraid of failing, and I am no exception. I fear that my blog will eventually fail and I end up quitting. But at least I know I tried instead of always wondering what could have been? Entrepreneurs usually fail 4 or more times before they finally succeed in starting a business.
Don’t let fear stand in your way of pursuing your dreams. A good way to get over your fear of failure is by changing the way you view it. Instead, look at it as a learning experience. For example, if you fail at launching your own business, take what you’ve learned from that experience and either start again or know that being an entrepreneur is not for you. Either way, knowing is better than not knowing at all.
Make a Bucket List
Make a list of anything and everything you would like to do in your life and keep that list handy. Put it in your phone if you have to. Every day, I want you to make some kind of effort in achieving everything on your list. It could be the smallest thing. The most important thing is that you are trying and you are putting the energy out there.
Don’t Try to Do Everything at Once
If for example you want to go back to school. Go online right now and start looking at some schools that interest you. Bookmark the ones that interest you. That is all you have to do today. Don’t apply to them just yet. Let those schools marinate in your brain for at least a day.
The next day, go back online to the schools you bookmarked and look at their admission requirements. That’s all you have to do for that day. Let the information sink in your head for another day.
I think most people get overwhelmed with starting something new and that is why they either quit or just don’t do it at all. If you take baby steps instead of trying to do so much at once, you will be much better off and more likely to stick with it in the long run.
So start going after the things you want in your life right now. You should have started yesterday.
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