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Happy Monday guys! Are you pumped up for another week? This weekend I got to thinking about dreams, goals, jobs, and the future.  I think about these things, how they all work together, and on what sort of timeline they’re working together all.of.the.time. Quite honestly, the result of this type of thinking lands me in a little pit of worry and I begin to doubt my path.  Then I saw this quotation circulating pinterest. Of all of the inspirational, whimsical, dreamy posts that I see out there this one is different because it’s just so clear and direct.  “If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time.” Geeze, how’s that for a wake-up call?

When I meet with young hopefuls who want to get started in the online world, often the very first question they ask is “how to did get to the point where you could quit your day job?”  It’s almost like clockwork when that question will come up in the conversation.  Although (clearly) the concept of following a dream and following it wholeheartedly is the same for everyone of in every walk of life, I found this quotation as a beacon of sorts for the self employed, not necessarily for those who haven’t made the leap. I find it inspiring because while it may seem that we’re already on the road to doing what we love, we aren’t on a road at all.  We’re on an open pasture trying to figure out which direction we should walk.

Finding the courage to quit a stable career in favor of doing what I love was a big risk (still is a big risk) and it was the first step, but that’s all it was, the first step.  There are so many more steps to take after the first one.  I find that people want to hear stores of grandeur from me.  They want to hear that since I’ve left the corporate world, things have all fallen into place, my dreams have been realized and I’m on the fast yellow-bricked-road to success.  It’s so the opposite.

Everyone tells you that it’s hard.  You constantly hear, “working for yourself is so difficult, but so rewarding.”  I’ve even said those words to people myself (which now I am mentally making a note not to say anymore). The truth is that it is hard.  But it’s not just hard work hard, like pull up your boot straps and put in the work hard.  It’s hard like, “what the *!%$ am I supposed to be doing right now hard. It’s second guessing yourself hard.  It’s staring and a wall (or computer screen) paralyzed by the number of choices and decisions that will take you in one direction versus another.  And is that the right direction at all (frantic doubting steps in)?

But then, I see this quote. And it’s so simple.  But what is so powerful about the words are what they imply, not what they say directly. It says that not doing what you love is a waste of time, but what that means to me is completely the opposite.  That means that every single day that I’ve been devoting to my dreams is NOT a waste of my time. Those words mean to me that every single action I’ve taken toward these goals is a perfect use of my time and anything else just wouldn’t be right.

So, to those of you who aspire to be on your own and to those of you who already are, just keep your eye on the prize and know that not one breath is wasted in the process.

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  • Hi Erin! Wow what an amazingly truthful post and it seriously resonated with me! I quit my corporate job at the end of February 2014 and it has been a difficult road! One of real challenge, moments of feeling completely useless and directionless. Lots of those in fact! Only as of just under a month ago have I actually thought of a clear path to pursue after much searching before. So far, it seems like the right one so I am running with it but one never knows how it is going to evolve 🙂 Holding thumbs x

  • Between you and The Everygirl, it’s like you’re speaking right to my heart! I’m not ready to be on my own yet, but there are some changes that need to take place in my career so that I don’t feel like I am wasting my time. Thank you for this early Monday morning wake up call!

  • Amen, sister! Thanks for keepin’ it real 🙂

  • Wonderfully put! I love this and am definitely sharing it in my Sunday roundup. Thanks!!

  • Great post Erin! Couldn’t agree more – seems you are always in a sea of questions when pursuing your own path outside of the corporate world, but amazingly all works it self out as we keep pushing towards our dreams. Love your thoughts – the key is to always keep going! 🙂

  • As I search for my ” forever” job this comes in handy. I am trying to find my passion, at one point it was being a mom, done it (always will) but now I am looking for a job that excites me! Hopefully I find that dream 🙂

  • I love this so much. I quit my boring corporate job 10 months ago in order to figure out what it is I want to do. I’m still figuring it out, and I have moments when I feel like such a dummy and even kind of selfish, but I don’t regret my decision for one second. I’m learning so much and discovering new things everyday that I never could have done when I was stuck in a cubicle. I absolutely LOVE the direction my life is going… I just need to keep moving to find out exactly where that is!

  • Wow, this is so timely for me right now. While I read your blog regularly, I am going to book mark this one. My guess is that I will need to read it every now and them to keep focused. Thank you so much!