“You have to want it. You have to wake up thinking about it. You have to be obsessed. You can’t go half-way.”
Our head trainer at the gym was giving us a speech on Sunday night after our wrestling show. He gave us a hell of a speech and I really took in what he was saying. This got me thinking about the idea of how many of us would love to quit our jobs to follow our passion and do something interesting for once.
Let’s look at how to quit your job or make a huge lifestyle change to chase a passion without going broke…
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.” — Jim Carrey
The idea of quitting your job to chase your passions comes up often for me. I train with many aspiring pro wrestlers and fighters who would want to focus on their crafts full-time. They also would like to make some real money in their chosen fields. The obvious issue is money and being stuck at a dead end job.
Do you have a bold goal that you’re after? Do you want to pay off your student loans? Do you want to leave a crappy job? Do you just want to travel more often?
You have to invest money, time, effort, and even your emotions into achieving your goals.
When I spoke to an economics class last week, one student asked about chasing goals and general tips for his business.
My thoughts are rather unique on this topic. I believe in the following when it comes to trying to quit your job to create your dream life.
You can try your best and be happy with whatever outcome happens… or you can do whatever it takes to get what you want.
I believe that patience is for slackers. You need to be radical with your thinking and doing. You need to take bold actions. You need to do whatever it takes to create your ideal lifestyle. You also need to pay your bills on time.
With all of that being said, there’s a big issue when you want to quit your job to chase a passion : MONEY
This leads to a quick little rant.
I have a HUGE pet peeve that I need to share about quitting your job to follow your dreams…
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
It’s completely irresponsible to suggest to someone that they quit their job or do something drastic without a solid plan.
Will you pay their bills? Will you feed them?
Nope. So stop giving out useless advice and writing top ten lists for why you should quit your job.
I will never tell you to quit your job, unless you have a plan that you’re willing to execute. If you want to quit your job you need to check out my case study with a friend who quit his job because everyone who has ever quit their jobs usually had a game plan.
The good news is that you can start working right now to get the wheels in motion if you want to quit your job to chase your dreams.
How do you quit your job to chase your dreams?
I believe that it’s all about putting in the work to create a lifestyle that you actually enjoy. You can start a business or you can work your butt off at two jobs to ensure that you have money to pay off debt and have fun.
The goal is to figure out what your dream lifestyle is and then figure out how to get there without letting anything get in your way. This is easier said than done, but it’s possible.
This leads into the rest of our party today…
Here’s how to quit your job…
You have to ruthlessly save money so that you have the savings to sustain you when you quit your job to chase that wild dream!
We already looked at how to build up FU money. This is key. You have to be ruthless and do anything and everything to pay off your debt and save up money. I don’t want to repeat myself so I won’t.
I just want you to stop making excuses, being jealous of your friends, and letting time slip away. I’ve linked to more than enough articles in this post alone to ensure that you can make a colossal lifestyle change without going broke. You have all of the tools that you need.
What else needs to happen for you to quit your job?
I’ve heard from many readers that are all over the place. And guess what? That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting when you’re young. This is the time to do it.
It beats having unanswered questions as you grow older.
- You want to work in a hostel for a year? Go for it!
- You want to work two jobs while you pay off debt? Amazing!
- You have to live at up to beef up the savings? Do it!
What will you do to sacrifice so that you can make a lifestyle change? You tell me…
You need to tackle something worth going after. You don’t have to be a wolf about it or behave in a shady manner. You can help others while you work on improving your situation. You can maintain your integrity. You just might have to speak up and demand what you want more often.
I have to conclude with a warning before you quit your job…
Studenomics is not for everyone. Seriously. In the beginning we looked at saving money on the basics and first date tips. Now we’re getting a little more advanced. I’ve grown with the blog. We’ve all grown together. If you don’t like the new direction or are not ready for the next step, that’s cool. You can read through the archives.
This is you wake up call to start making moves in the right direction to create your ideal lifestyle.
“If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.” — Gelett Burgess