I’ve come to the conclusion that my current job isn’t right for me. Everyday that I have to work, the feeling of dread comes over me. The job is stressful, exhausting and at times emotionally draining. It feels like time is slipping away from me day by day. I’m realizing that I want more from life. I want to see the world, experience more and be more present. I want to achieve financial and location independence. I want to be of service to others in a more substantial way. So, I type into Google “how to make money online”, as a solution to my current problem. Low and behold thousands of websites come up. I sift through the websites coming to the conclusion that there isn’t any one right answer. There are thousands of ideas out there, but the suggestions are all so vague. I get overwhelmed and confused and want to give up, but the longer I stay in my current job the more unsatisfied I become.
When starting an online business, there are some serious growing pains and hurdles to overcome. I know that in order to have a different outcome in my life, I have to start doing things differently, and that’s hard! But, I know it’s possible and worth my time and effort.
There have been many questions I’ve been asking myself about how to narrow down my options such as; do I want to be my own boss? Do I want to be independent from a physical work environment? Do I want the freedom to travel while I work? How long do I want to work in a day? How much would I like to get paid? Essentially, what do I want my life to look like on a day-to-day basis? Defining what I want out of my business has been important to my motivation in achieving those goals.
“Just decide. How is it going to be, who are you going to be, how are you going to do it. And then from that point, the universe is gonna get out your way.”Will Smith
The next step in the equation is focusing in on what I’m passionate about. In order to make my business sustainable, I know need to be interested in what I’m selling or marketing. How is my passion going to bring value to others? How am I going to make someone else’s life better? When you’re able to solve other’s problems and bring value to their lives, the money will come.
The final step is simply taking action. I’m becoming a student of my craft. This is the hard part where discipline and consistency kick in, but I’m investing my time and making it a habit, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are times where I doubt myself, feel overwhelmed or straight up feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but the more the path is walked, the answers become clearer. Create a business plan, outline the steps and execute.
One last note…
Charlie Chaplin made a speech in his film “The Great Dictator” where he talks about how to overcome oppression from dictatorship.
“You have the power to create happiness. You have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.”Charlie Chaplin
These ideas were true in the 1930s and they are still very true today. We, as society, tend to create limitations of what’s possible. I felt that I was raised in a society where success was narrowly defined. I have realized that these definitions of success have created mental barriers for myself and many of us and it’s up to us as individuals to challenge and break down those mental barriers to create our own version of our success, to create happiness and beauty in our own lives. Anything is possible with the right mindset.