There’s no secret to life. There’s no big answer or magical trick to getting it right.
It’s simple. What do you want out of life?
For most people, the answer is a combination of three things.
Money, happiness, and a loving family.
That sounds fair enough right? You should be able to achieve those three things in your daily life without slaving away year after year in pursuit of it.
But if you do spend your time, day in and day out at a job you hate, working for a boss that drives you crazy, and stressing out about money and time, then it’s time for a change.
And it’s time for a big change, not just some small shift of mindset or attitude.
I’m talking about a new career path, a new direction, and a new way of life.
It’s been three years since I made the change myself, so today, I’m going to share the three biggest steps I took to get myself here.
And where is here for me exactly?
Well, I run my own business from anywhere in the world that I can get internet. I travel for business and fun, and I often get the two mixed up. I have enough money to support my lifestyle, grow my business and put away extra for savings.
And to top it all off, I have a loving family who I make a point of visiting at least twice a year.
To me, it really is all I could ask for. It’s my perfect life for now.
But just over three years ago, I was exactly where you are.
I was working a job I hated, stressed about money, going about my daily life without a clear direction.
It didn’t happen overnight, but with these three steps, I was able to change my life in incredible ways, and I know that you can do the same.
So here’s the three biggest ways that you can take control of your life:
Work for yourself
This one is so simple yet seems so out of reach to most people. There are literally hundreds of ways to be self employed these days.
What skills do you have or hobbies you can capitalize on? Are you an artist, photographer or videographer? Do you like to write reviews? Are you a wizard on social media sites? Maybe you’re just a good writer with a catchy voice?
All of those skills sell for big money online.
The problem for most people is that they never look. They never even realize that they have a marketable skill and they waste away at their dead end job.
But these days, people will pay you to manage their company’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can earn top dollar doing consulting and business development. Hell, you can even earn extra income on the side by going to movie theatres and reviewing the movies and service.
Seriously, you can make money doing just about anything these days if you know how.
A great place to start is by becoming a freelancer.
Sure, you won’t be running your own business off the bat, but you’ll be working for people that do. As a freelancer you can take on jobs of all sorts for clients from all around the world. You can learn what you do and don’t like to do, as well as hone your skills and develop a niche.
The more comfortable you get with the online markets of freelancing, the more clearly you will understand what you want to do next. Maybe you’ll even get an idea for a business you’d like to start or a brand you will develop.
Set big goals, and make plans
Did you ever hear that cheesy line about shooting for the moon and landing in the stars?
Well shit, it may be cheesy, but it’s also true. No one ever got anywhere without trying. And you certainly won’t accomplish goals you don’t have.
Chances are, because you’re reading my blog, you’re already on the path to greater success and more wealth. Hopefully you already have some goals laid out.
But if you don’t, set goals now.
Set big goals.
No point messing around with the easy shit, go big or go home. Once you’ve honed in on what you really want out of life, then you can break those goals down into smaller and smaller steps you’ll take to accomplish them.
Maybe you want to earn a hundred thousand dollars this year. Well if you break that down, that’s $8,333 per month or $2,083 per week. If you’re working at an hourly job and you’re making minimum wage, that probably sounds impossible.
You know why? Because it is.
Go back up to step 1. Start working for yourself. Once you’re in charge, you can begin finding ways to make more and more money each week. Whether that be higher rates for your writing, selling more photos, or charging more per hour of consulting.
Wake up early, work late
This is the part where you put your money where your mouth is. More accurately, you put your time and effort where your goals are.
You’re not going to become your own boss, start your own business, and make the big bucks if you’re chilling out all day. Breaking free of financial insecurity isn’t easy.
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!
You have to be up earlier, work harder, and want more than the other hundred people that are trying to do the same thing as you.
You need to be the best.
So when you put it all together
You have to change your mindset, you have to change your lifestyle, but most importantly, you have to change career paths.
You’re never going to find freedom, happiness, and wealth while you’re working a 9-5.
You want to be free to do what you want, when you want. You don’t want to have to stress about deadlines and quotas and quarterlies.
Take charge of your future.
At first it takes hard work, perseverance, and determination. But after a year or two of diligent progress, you’ll be well on your way to your wildest dreams.
You’ll be free, and you’ll feel as good as that sounds.
Believe me, you won’t regret it.
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