Individuals who make the most money and accumulate the most wealth are those who know what they want to do. They have a well thought-out plan and they pursue it. They put their own ladder on their own wall.
A clear vision of your future life puts you in control of your life. Having a clear vision is the first step every successful, wealthy person takes.
A lack of any clear vision puts life in control of you. Without a clear vision, you have no blueprint or compass to help guide – you do not really know where you are going or what your destination will be, without a clear vision.
Most people who lack a clear vision, put their ladder on someone else’s wall. They pursue careers not of their own choosing. They follow someone else’s vision, not their own. Almost always, they find themselves frustrated in their careers and in their lives.
This frustration usually makes its presence known when you are in your late 30’s or early 40’s. And because you have spent a large part of your adult life following someone else’s vision and have financial obligations, you rationalize that it is too late to make a change in your career, without disrupting the lives of your family. In other words, you feel stuck.
The good news is you’re not stuck. Until you’re dead you have the ability to pursue your vision of your ideal life.
It’s not easy, but it’s definitely doable.
Everyone is equal with respect to time. We all have 24 hours every day. If you sleep 8 hours, have a job that takes up 10 hours and you have a family you want to spend a few hours with every day, that still leaves you with 3-4 hours of time every day.
During that 3-4 hours, you can, in the early morning hours, devote that time to:
- Side Gig – If your ideal side gig involves some existing knowledge or skill you already possess, you can devote this available time to some side gig that generates additional income. After a number of years of growing your side gig, you will be better positioned to leave your full-time job and be able to devote your full-time to your new side gig.
- Gain Knowledge – Devote this available time to gaining the knowledge you need for another career. Your goal should be to become at least proficient in that knowledge. This will take you at least one year. Once you become proficient, you can begin your side gig. After a few years your knowledge-base you will become more expert. As your expertise grows, so too will your income. At some point you will be able to leave your full-time job and devote yourself full time to your new business or career.
- Practice a Skill – If you lack the minimum skills in doing something else, devote this available time to becoming proficient in that skill. Skill-based professions typically take longer than knowledge-based professions. Expect it to take at least two years before you gain proficiency. Gaining proficiency is your only goal in the beginning. Once you’re proficient, you can begin your side gig. After a few more years, your proficiency will become more expert. As your proficiency increases, so too will your income. At some point you will be able to leave your full-time job and devote yourself full time to your new business or career.