Jon Acuff tried to tell me in Quitter not to quit. I laughed. He tried to tell me to practice my dream and use my day job as a platform for my dream job. I laughed.
How about I just skip to the part where I do my dream job? How about I just do what I want, when I want?
(Insert annoying, nasally, childish whine here)
Who cares if my family gets to eat or if we can’t pay our bills? I’d live in a cardboard box, wearing the same clothes day after day to chase my dream. If they aren’t willing to come along with me, it’s their loss.
Then it hit me…
Jon Acuff was right. Curse him.
(NOTE: Originally this was a guest post on Jon’s blog, but after he left Dave Ramsey’s, some of his content was lost forever, so here it is continued right here)
I was writing a newsletter for a client and realized that I loved what I was doing. I was having a blast. And I got paid to do it.
I was only minutes away from doing work that I didn’t love, but in that moment I was being paid to do what I love.
I was writing.
I was encouraging.
I was having fun doing it.
And my family gets to eat. That’s a sweet deal if you ask me.
I was also unconsciously using my day job as a platform for my dream job. In my day job, I get to write…a lot. I get to encourage others to achieve goals they never thought possible. And I get to meet a lot of great people.
Every day I interact with thirty or more people on a one-on-one basis through one client. I communicate with more than ten thousand people weekly for another. That is quite the platform.
My day job has truly become a “platform to spring from, not a prison to escape from.”
There is no need to be a quitter yet. There will be one day. One day, it will be the right time to do my dream job…and only my dream job.
One day it will be your time too. Your dream is waiting. It’s not going anywhere. It will be there when it’s time. And you won’t have to live in a cardboard box or eat freshly caught pigeon.
Society glorifies the ones who “give up everything” to chase their dreams. But part of that “everything” might just be what you need to achieve your dreams.
Your day job could be your biggest asset. Your trainer, coach, and bank all rolled into one.
Use it wisely.