I quit my 9-5 and started working for myself [and you can too]
Before you read any further, trust me, I know what you’re thinking. I know because I, too have read a million blog posts just like this one with the catchy title that makes me think to myself, “I want that”. What makes this one different is that you weren’t lured here with a picture of me sitting in the back of my Bentley or on a boat out on the water.
I’m a real person, just like you, who not so long ago made some very crucial steps to be his own boss and quit his 9-5 job. Through finding a coach myself and investing in my own development I went from living paycheque to paycheque to tripling my income in less than 60 days.
Through working with me, you won’t learn how to get rich quick, because, frankly, there’s no such thing. I knew that I wanted to drastically change my life and that is exactly what I did. Here’s how it went.
Make it clear
Goal setting is the key to breaking the chains of the 9-5 and building the future that you see for yourself. For me, my goal was to own my own business so I could provide a future for my kids with a legacy attached to it. Being a father, first as well as a business owner allowed me to not only build a bond with my family but create a schedule that worked best for our life.
I tell you about my family so you know that this “real person” isn’t some 20 something trust-fund millennial that’s had his life paved out for him. The last job I worked was as a Digital Marketing Director for a marketing agency. I loved my job, but couldn’t stand the people I worked for. Before that, I was cleaning pools and draining hot tubs. So glamorous, right? My freelance gigs were just that, gigs, short and unpredictable.
This real person needed out and started setting some goals. I’m sure you’ve heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals? I hope so, If not, Google it. Setting these goals with my partner meant that we were finally working towards something. There was an end in sight. This was step number one.
I cannot stress this enough but if you listen to any consultant, media personality, entrepreneur, thought leader, TED Talk expert, they will all tell you the same thing. Get a mentor. Get a coach. Get someone on your side who can objectively look at your life, your current situation and make unbiased recommendations about what to change and by how much.
This changed everything for me. Getting a coach changed the way I thought about my life, who was as a man, father, and business professional. If you’re shy or find it difficult opening up to people then seek out a mentor that matches who you are and understands your learning style. Bearing it all is the only way that you’ll see the change in the areas of your life that need it most.
Your coach will make you feel more uncomfortable than you’ve ever been and will challenge you to think differently. Trust me, this is a good thing. You want this type of push because 9 times out of 10, it’s you that’s, in fact, standing in your own way and you just need someone holding your hand and helping you step around yourself. Get help.
It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Not even that is true because a marathon has an end. With entrepreneurship, there is no end, it’s not in our blood, but there are milestones along that way that when we reach them, they make us feel like we’re getting closer to that goal.
One of the first things my coach encouraged me to do was set a vision. Not for my business necessarily but for my life as a whole. What did it look like in a year, 5 years, 10 years? He made me think about what I’d be doing when I finally retired. What does my house look like, how many kids did we end up having (as if twin boys wasn’t enough)? What kind of car did I drive, what improvements have we made to our home, are we giving to charity? All of it. Think about it all and break down those much larger “end” goals into tiny actionable monthly, weekly and daily steps to ensure you get there.
If you want your fancy car and boat on the dock then maybe that means you start making your coffee and lunch at home instead of spending it at the drive-thru or on nights out with friends. Not to say that those things can’t still happen, but it means that you need to choose what is ultimately most important. Racking up your credit card, or saving $25-$50 a month in a TFSA can eventually compound with interest and be used as down payment on that home of your dreams. It’s about baby steps. What small changes can you make today to live the life of your dreams?
Are you ready?
Set a goal, see it, make it clear and work towards it every day. That’s it. That’s the secret, now get at it. Do this and you’ll be successful. I know, I wish it was that easy too. Before we can be jet-setting around the World there’s some work we need to do in the background to get us there.
Are you ready? Ready to take massive action to get where you need to be?
Let’s do it.