There are days when I feel like giving up on my day job; the job that has kept me going for so many years. Many people tell me to step up and take the plunge but the fear of being unemployed with no job and money creeps into my mind. I have realized that there are certain factors to be considered before embarking on my dream as an entrepreneur. Here are some of the things I realized on my journey to loving what I do.
- Develop sub-goals
Sub-goals are little objectives that help you reach your main goal. For instance, if opening a retail store is your main goal, a sub-goal is creating a website and establishing an online presence. If you are having trouble setting up your sub-goals, draw a goal tree with your short-term and long-term goals. Sub-goals are highly critical to your success as it gives you a sense of direction and helps keep things organized.
- Stay unique
As much as this point may be redundant and overused, it’s still important to reiterate. Learn to read and emulate the people who inspire you to always stay ahead of the game. You must take what you can out of the mentors around you. Once you have assimilated all the information, work towards changing their ways and methods to suit your own personality.
Add your own sparkle to what you want to do. Every successful individual in their line of work eventually adapted their own style to push them through to the next level. Mimicking someone else’s behavior may not chime well with you and can be a limiting factor to your success.
- Use your resources wisely
You must leverage your network of people and other resources wisely. For example, as an aspiring designer, I had always wanted to fix my drawing skills of arms and legs so I approached one of my friends who was already into designing, and through trial and error, I perfected my design sketches. Now I sketch like a pro!
- Brace yourself for the rough ride ahead
There have been times when I have fallen sick due to too much stress from work, but the experience left me with a very important lesson. I have learnt that hard work is bittersweet; I sit down and sketch my heart out for hours at a time. I have had family obligations where I had to tend to my sick mother and work at the same time. I was balancing cooking, my day job and my budding design business.
Eventually, the hard work pays off, like it did for me. You must be willing to stick through the good times and the bad. It’s not going to be easy. It never is when you’re looking to turn what you love into what puts food on the table.
I have realized that the time spent working for others has turned out to be a rewarding experience and taught me several lessons, so my advice is that the circumstances in your life will certainly be instrumental to your success.
Don’t keep doing something you don’t love but remember that diving into your passion without a backup plan can sometimes spell disaster. By incorporating the above points and executing your plan for pursuing your passion more effectively, you will have a better chance of achieving the coveted destination that you strive to reach.