Do you fantasize about how to quit your dead end job?
Are you sure that there are more fulfilling ways to earn a living? Are you looking to connect your career and your values? There are many reasons that people want to quit a dead end job, from the desire for better pay to a dream of making the world a better place. Most importantly, though, is the opportunity to find a way to pursue your own passion.
Taking the leap from a J.O.B. to doing something you love is nerve-wracking at best. There are bills to pay, and there may be other people counting on you to make an income. It’s something that most people can’t just do on a whim. Instead, it takes some preparation. The good news is that if you lay the groundwork, you really can transition into doing something you love and leave that dead end job behind.
Step One – Find Your Passion
Leaving the perceived security of a current job takes a lot of courage, and the best way to muster this is to know that you are truly moving on to something that will nourish your mind and soul, as well as support you financially. Taking the time to identify what you really want to do is a vital step in setting yourself up for success. When you truly love what you do, it seems less like work; and you will be so much more dedicated to making it happen.
Step Two – Build a Dream
When you’ve identified what it is that you’d truly like to do with your life, it’s time to do some research. Outline the details of what you expect from this different approach to life. If you are starting you own business, for example, it makes sense to do some research into the market to determine where you will fit in. Do some calculations to determine how many customers you need, products you must sell, etc. and then consider how you will find them. It’s not going too far to put together a business plan.
Step Three – Find Support
There are, unfortunately, a lot of “naysayers” who are skeptical of the ability to leave a dead end job and do something they love. They are stuck in a certain mind frame, and nothing short of your eventual success will change their minds. These are not the people you want to share your dream with. Instead, enlist your close family, good friends, and others who believe in it. There are online entrepreneur groups, business/personal coaches, and local networking organizations that will not only cheer you on, but will also give you useful advice on how to move forward.
Step Four – Set Yourself Up for Success
There are numerous ways to do this, one of which is to provide yourself with as much of a financial safety net as possible. In the months leading up to your change in direction, consider cutting as much spending as possible and putting aside a bit of a nest egg. In some cases, you will want to use this time to acquire the things you need to follow your passion (tools of the trade, education, good contacts). By putting as much of that into place as possible before making the leap, you are enabling yourself to hit the ground running when the time comes.
Step Five – Give It Your All
Whether you are setting up shop on your own or transitioning to a job that is more in line with your passion, the best way to ensure your success is to give it your all. Be willing to learn new things, and understand that sometimes those lessons come through making mistakes. When you are doing something you love, your enthusiasm will take you further than you ever would have gotten in your dead end job.