“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs” – Farrah Gray / Tony Gaskins
I’m not sure about you, but that little quote scared the living daylights out of me! Enough to give my inner entrepreneur the last shove over the edge to follow my inner voice to do what I love, to follow my dreams, to do what I was BORN to do!
Is full time employment safe? For the most part…
Is it rewarding? It can be…
Does it pay the bills? Yes
Does it fulfil your dreams? Well… this is where I hit a stumbling block…
The key here is that you are not your job, a job may seem important for survival, but if you let it creep into all areas of your life, you will end up feeling woefully misled. Do you know what the number one regret of people on their death bed is? They wish they didn’t work so hard.
Here comes another quote
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” – Simon Sinek
Why should you be labelled by what you do for a job? “Hi I am Candice and I am a Marketing Manager.” That explains the job I had, it does not explain who I am, what my talents are or what I am passionate about!
What matters most is your talent, your passion and outlook in life. Should I not be introducing myself to potential clients in the following way, “Hi I am Candice, I love helping small businesses grow and succeed through powerful marketing strategies and tactics”?
Allowing your job to put a label on you, somehow tries to define who you are. That seems like a dream assassin to me!
Going out “on your own” comes with a constant state of self-questioning, “Am I good enough? What if what I suggest doesn’t work?” Being uncomfortable becomes the new normal. Nervousness and anxiety are not real, they come alongside the feeling of fear. But we feel the fear and do it anyway, get out of your comfort zone. Don’t hold back on life because you feel a bit scared. Build your dreams, live your passion and when your time comes to depart this world, be proud that you lived a life of worth – for yourself, your family and your community.