In a conversation with a friend yesterday we came up with a great idea for a business that revolved around a hobby we’re both passionate about. It was an opportunity for both of us to do something we love and basically get paid to play. How cool is that?
“There’s just on problem,” said my friend. “My career is getting in the way.” My reply was that maybe it was time to change careers. But the problem, as he pointed out, was that he couldn’t just jump ship and move to something else. He has a home with a mortgage, a rental with a mortgage, consumer debt, and more that he needs to keep paying on. So it’s just not a good time to jump.
I thought about that for a while. Naturally my answer was that we needed to get rid of his debt so he has more options, but I wondered how many people are stuck in a rut with their careers because their debts and lifestyle are keeping them from moving. If you’re one of these people, it might be time to re-define your life. Figure out what you want your life to look like and start taking steps to make it look like you want it to.
We’ll be pursuing our idea in the background while we work on our other businesses and careers. There’s nothing wrong with taking steps toward the goal while still maintaining your other obligations. If we succeed, we’ll be able to make the switch when the time is right for him. If we don’t succeed, he’s still got his career and we have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes.
Whether we succeed or fail, we’re not going to let a job/career/fear of the unknown keep us from trying. We’re defining how we want a part of our lives to look and we’re taking steps to shape that part of our lives. That’s a lot better than looking back a few years from now and wishing we would have done something with the idea.