How to Start Over Pursuing Your Passion, Despite the Day Job

Start over doing what you “want” to do as opposed to “have” to do. Starting over like that sounds great, doesn’t it? Look at it this way… if you did what you wanted to everyday, you’d never work another day in your life. That’s what I want for you, and I want to show you how to get it.

For most people, their biggest challenge is the “day job,” or maybe lack thereof. Simplified, you need to pay the bills while you pursue your dreams given that, despite some stroke of brilliant fortune, the dreams don’t pay too much in the beginning. You’ve probably read all of the books and blogs – perhaps even attended some seminars – about pursuing your passion, but you simply can’t afford to.

The Day JobStart over doing what you “want” to do as opposed to “have” to do. Starting over like that sounds great, doesn’t it? Look at it this way… if you did what you wanted to everyday, you’d never work another day in your life. That’s what I want for you, and I want to show you how to get it.

For most people, their biggest challenge is the “day job,” or maybe lack thereof. Simplified, you need to pay the bills while you pursue your dreams given that, despite some stroke of brilliant fortune, the dreams don’t pay too much in the beginning. You’ve probably read all of the books and blogs – perhaps even attended some seminars – about pursuing your passion, but you simply can’t afford to.First thing’s first… you have to tend to your responsibilities, you have to pay the bills. Don’t quit your day job. I’ll show you how to start over by working around it instead. At age 34, beginning a new life, pursuing my passion of being a real estate mogul I was bagging groceries. Sometimes you have to what you have to do to start over and make ends meet.

**Here’s your mindset in the beginning… Wages will make you a living, do this full-time. Profits and passive income will make you a fortune, do this part-time. Maintain this mindset with the intent of them becoming one of the same.

Get Focused

Before you begin, you must know what you want. Begin with the end in mind. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there. You don’t necessarily have to create an elaborate five year plan (although it wouldn’t hurt), you could simply want:

  • More time to explore the possibility of your hobby becoming a business.
  • Some more experience in your dream career. Volunteering is a good place to start.
  • To put the wheels in motion within a network marketing company that represents a product you’re passionate about.
  • To take your music to the next level.

Protect yourself from the “Someday Syndrome.” Stay focused by setting clear achievable goals.

Discovering Your Prime Time

When mentoring real estate investors, the most common problem I notice that comes up for people with a day job is finding the time to analyze property.

Pursuing your passion can be time intensive, require commitment and mental clarity. You’ll have to look at your schedule and specifically allot a regular time to work on your fortune. If it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done. You may have to experiment with your schedule to find your most productive time. Is it before work, on your lunch break or late in the evening after the household is sleeping? Only you’ll be able to answer that, so experiment.

Creating a Supportive Environment

Pursuing your dreams can be a lonely endeavor. It’s rare one can stay on track without a supportive environment, and more specifically… supportive people.

It can be challenging, to say the least, if your partner doesn’t “get” your passion, or your friends and associates are complacent with the hamster wheel of life. Actually, surrounding yourself with people that don’t have the courage to start over themselves can be an invisible killer of your dreams. Choose your environment and network wisely.

Conversely, by joining a group or social organization that’s grounded in your passion, miracles and quantum leaps forward can be experienced. If nothing else, to be around other people that are further along than you can be the type of inspiration you need to stay on track. I like meetup.com for this. It’s an online social network that meets in person. Just about every passion you could possibly think of is represented at meetup.com. Give it a shot.

Honor Your Day Job

Be grateful for your day job. We’re in an era where countless people would gladly trade places with you. I bring this up because it’s easy to become resentful of a day job when it interferes with your passion. You’ve made a commitment to your day job, not to mention your responsibilities of which your day job supports, making it important to honor that commitment as 1) It’s the right thing to do, and 2) It’s the very thing that’s enabling you to pursue your passion.

Even if your day job has nothing to do with your passion and you can hardly stand even being there, don’t underestimate its value. After over 20 years of intermittent working to make ends meet, I’ve gained some invaluable lessons and created some awesome relationships at the “day job.” Don’t waste your time, create value for yourself while you’re there.

Regardless of what your passion may be, once you begin investing some focused time (even if it’s part-time) in turning it into income, you will discover how much more exciting it is to get up in the morning going to work on your fortune. Your entire attitude will change; your spirit will change. It will exist in your voice, expressed on your face, and live within your gestures.

Start over smart by honoring your commitments full-time and pursuing your passion part-time. If you do this long enough consistently, there will be a day (sooner than you think) where they are one of the same.