Like most people, I’m guessing you started your college or post-secondary school experience thinking that you would learn to do what you’ve wanted to do all your life. Fast forward to graduation, a wonderful celebration of your accomplishment, and then finding employment in your chosen field.
The first several years are rewarding, and then reality sets in – you start to realize this is something you are going to do for another 20 or 30 or perhaps 40 years until you retire. This can cause you to quickly fall into disillusionment, and then you get into a rut, feeling trapped and stuck.
Many people continue doing what they do out of fear there is nothing else, or because they’re getting a steady paycheck. The focused and determined few, however, find a way to break away, find, and pursue their true passion in life – and you can be one of them.
While starting up a new career may be exciting, it’s not necessary in order to do something you love. You can start up a hobby in your spare time, or you can volunteer in your area of interest. Many companies are encouraging their employees to take on volunteer opportunities, recognizing that this helps burn off stress and makes for a more well-rounded employee. Even if the company’s motives are not altruistic, volunteering can open doors for employees. They can learn new skills or discover ones they were not aware they possessed.
You may decide to escape the rat race and start up your own venture. This will transform your life in ways that you never imagined. Choosing a business you are passionate about gives you a purpose you may not have gained by staying in your current situation, and the passion will help fuel you during the challenging times.
This is not to say that starting and running a business is easy. It takes a lot of work and quite a bit of discipline. You become your own boss and have no one to answer to but yourself. While many view this as a good situation to have, it can be a double-edged sword. You need to have a good plan in place – and consistently implement that plan – in order to guide you towards success.
A big benefit of having your own business is that you’re free to make as much money as you want. Assuming you find the right formula for making money, the sky is the limit. You don’t have to beg potentially stingy corporations to try and get a morsel out of them.
More people are discovering that having their own business is the only way to go. They love the challenge and find the work fulfilling, all things being equal. The Internet serves as a great provider of advice and resources to help these businesses succeed. Not everyone is suited to being an entrepreneur, but for those who are, they’re in it for the long haul with no intention of ever looking back.