There are so many excuses that I hear each time, but I won’t lie – I used to tell myself the same or similar excuses all the time. I finally just had to force myself to take the leap before it actually happened and seemed real.
I’m not saying that you should go into your job tomorrow and quit your job right away. I think you should always have a plan if you can and have the opportunity to do so. Thinking about income, expenses, emergency funds, taxes, health insurance and so on are all important things to think about before you make the leap.
Here are several excuses that you may be using.
I’m not rich enough to do that.
When I first made the switch to self-employment, someone actually had the nerve to say to my face that it “must be nice to have parents fund your lifestyle.” I had to laugh. This person obviously had no idea who I am or what my story is.
I don’t think being rich has anything to do with following your passion. Yes, it may make it easier to follow your passion if you have millions of dollars, but you also might just need a better plan.
You might need to work on your passion in your spare time, you might have to build up an emergency fund, you may have to pay off your debt, and so on before you leave your day job, but I think it is possible with hard work.
Even if you have to return to school to achieve your goals, some universities have programs in place that will help you to pay for the cost of tuition. Keep in mind that you might have the chance to take your degree courses online, so you will not have to quit your current job, pay the cost of commuting, and take on a mountain of debt in order to go back to school.
When you enter a degree program that features a tuition reduction option, you can save money while working towards your dream. If you’ve always loved detective shows and have an interest in law enforcement, then you could pursue a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice, which will open you up to a whole list of new opportunities.
What if it doesn’t work out?
So many people are afraid that it won’t end well if they go for their passion.
Well, guess what?! You won’t know until you try!
If you have the time and money, then creating a backup plan wouldn’t hurt you. Not all businesses and ventures work out, and for all you know, you might end up hating your passion.
I have no one to help me reach my goal.
I didn’t have anyone help me! I believe that success all comes from hard work. If it wasn’t a hard goal to reach, then I don’t think it’s much of a goal.
Do things on your own and you will appreciate it much more.
P.S. Have you read about the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents? She didn’t want to follow their rules (such as a curfew) so she decided to move out, and she decided to sue so that they would STILL PAY FOR HER COLLEGE AND EXPENSES. Seriously, read this. I bet this girl will use the excuse “I had no one to help me reach my goal.”
I’ve already put so much money and time towards _____….
This goes along with the excuse of “It’s too late.” Some don’t want to change their major, change their job, etc. because they are afraid of the progress that they’ve already made.
Trust me, I had the same excuse. I worked at my day job for three years and even though that’s not very long, I felt very stuck. I didn’t want to go backwards and I was afraid of ruining what I already had. However, I knew with each day that passed that it wasn’t for me, and I didn’t want to waste anymore days.
I don’t have the time.
I hear the “I don’t have time” excuse ALL THE TIME. You probably do have time to pursue your passion. Yes, you might have to try it out during your spare time. You might have to work long hours. You might have to make sacrifices.
Not all passionate jobs came easily!
What excuses have you heard?