Should You Quit Your Job To Follow Your Passion?
By Nidhi ParikhAug 25, 2019
Most people have a mental image of them doing something they have wanted to do since their childhood. But as we grow old responsibilities start to kick in, the dream that once was our driving force sits in a closet somewhere collecting dust. This is the case for most of us who feel they don’t belong to their current job, as it involves juggling work time and family time and when we finally have some time to ourselves we are too exhausted from work and family to do anything but rest.
But what if you want to change that? What if your dream is too important for you to forget? Should you quit your job entirely to pursue it? Here’s what Steve Jobs has to say about it -
I would suggest you focus on both. you can not get success with hands in your pocket, and you can not achieve your passion without the help of others.
Whatever your age is, it’s for gaining experience. Do your job which helps you to survive, besides be consistently focused on your dreams. one day your patience and consistency will lead you to achieve your goal.
But what if I don’t have time to focus on my goal? What if I am too busy to focus on my dream?
You work in cracks and crevasses. While working at his day job Stephen King used to write during his lunch break, being a homeless single parent Chris Gardner used to prepare for his job selection exam in whatever time he had in between an unpaid internship and taking care of his son. You need to pinpoint those cracks and crevasses in your daily work management plan and use them to work on yourself.
You can do the math for yourself, in a 168 hour week you get about 8 hours every day to work, 8 to sleep. If you give 3 out of remaining 8 hours per day to your family and friends you get 5 hours per day to work on yourself. Contrast this with Elon Musk sleeps less than 7 hours a day And frequently logs 120 hours out of a 168 hour work week and doesn’t leave Tesla factory for days at a time. Even the most successful people compromise sleep to work on something that they really care about.
To do this more effectively you need to consider what you want to achieve in the near future and organize work list accordingly and create a strategy.
First off you must make a prioritized task list with strict timeframes. You must only fill your task list with tasks that are urgent and important. Because according to Pareto’s law 80% of outputs depends on 20% inputs, as in 2 out of 10 tasks would give you 80% return on efforts and the rest can be delegated, delayed or even discarded. Here’s how you can find the top 20% of the most important and urgent tasks and save some time to work on yourself.
There is always a little compromise you need to do to get what you need. It could be taking time out of your lunch break, leisure time or even sleep.
In addition, people who struggle with time often try multitasking to compensate for the time lost. There is a rule when it comes to work management that mustn’t be violated which is never to multitask. There is evidence that multitasking has an adverse effect on your brain. Thus commit to one thing at a time.
You can also learn from others’ successful techniques. One thing that helped me work towards my goal is observing how successful people did it. One common trait I observed is they make their plans non-negotiable, as in once they have a plan in place they don’t allow any interference in between. Be it working or taking a break.
What if I am afraid to focus on my goals?
You might be afraid to focus on your goals when you have bills that needs to be paid off as soon as possible. What you can do however is follow the path of those who have achieved success.
When your dream seems buried beneath never-ending responsibilities it is necessary to pour a little motivation in your life. There are countless people who also have encountered severe challenges on their path to success. It is critical to infuse positivity into your mind because the fees of living your dreams is paid-in-full upfront before you see the desired results. This basically means that you will encounter many challenges before you begin to see positive results. You must have a strong mindset to survive because once you achieve your goal and are living your dream, the fees will be worth every bruise. Universe asks for a sacrifice for making a dent in the universe.
If you cannot endure it then you don’t really care for it. As Steve Jobs said “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”
What if I don’t have a goal yet?
If you feel you don’t belong to your current employment and also don’t know what you want do with your life then you might want to consider the following.
- Career – What level do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve?
- Financial – How much do you want to earn, by what stage? How is this related to your career goals?
- Education – Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to have in order to achieve other goals?
- Family – Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent? How do you want to be seen by a partner or by members of your extended family?
- Artistic – Do you want to achieve any artistic goals?
- Attitude – Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? (If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.)
- Physical – Are there any athletic goals that you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
- Pleasure – How do you want to enjoy yourself? (You should ensure that some of your life is for you!)
- Public Service – Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?
Identify what to achieve and when to achieve it and make sure you have the right reasons for doing it. Sometimes we do things just because they are trendy or most of our friends are doing it, which wouldn’t get you far enough. You must make sure that you are doing it because you really care about it.
You should be logical about what career you choose. You should also plan the next step. Eg: If you wish to open your store, then how will you promote the store? Consider all the aspects of the field you choose and also have a plan on how you will be able to grow in that field. Likewise, If you want to start your business on an E-commerce platform then you must think of E-commerce marketing too.
We live on this planet for a finite amount of time, and most of us reluctantly waste it fulfilling someone else’s dream and turn out unhappy and in some cases even depressed. You deserve to follow what you like in life and to do that, you need to think long term. Follow these guidelines and Identify what you really need to do to take that next step towards making a dent in the universe.
Lastly, utilize a productivity tool like SmartTask to stay on top of your team’s work.
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