Finding Your Why
What is my WHY?
There are an endless selection of career choices out there. This is something we all learn from a young age. Finance. Medicine. Entertainment. Business. The list goes on and on and on.
Despite that truth, most (and I mean most) people go to bed on Sunday night absolutely dreading the next five days of their lives. We ask ourselves the same question over and over and over. “How did I end up here?”
We DON’T have to live this way.
When I was 19 years old I got fired by my own brother. It was then that I realized that I needed to be in business for myself. That I wanted to go to bed on Sunday nights thinking about the endless possibilities awaiting me during the upcoming week, as opposed to dreading the way I’m spending the majority of my time.
I started my own business soon after, and have been self-employed ever since. I’m 53 years old now, and have been embracing new opportunities and leaning into my passions for the last 34 years.
You can LOVE what you do!
What is the thing you love to do? For some it’s snowboarding, lacrosse, boating, skiing, or basketball. For others it’s knitting, chess, video games, or singing.
Imagine GETTING PAID to do it.
Will you love it every single day? Absolutely not. There will be ups and downs as with any job, regardless of how much you may enjoy it. There will be days that are stressful and there will be days that bring a smile to your face. Even when doing something you adore, there will be times when you feel exhausted and burnt out.
But when it comes right down to it, it’s a whole lot better to have your passion at the forefront, pushing you through the tough days when they do show up.
…Or, you can LOVE the OUTCOME!
Regardless of what you do, you’re making the choice to trade hours of your life in exchange for money. You want to pay your bills. Pay for college. Pay for travel.
Many people (myself included) who have gotten involved in Real Estate, truly enjoy the work. I love the idea of taking on new projects. I love conquering challenges. I love making a sale and seeing the financial reward of the hard work and hours of effort.
For some, however, it might instead help to be clear on the “why”, and that might instead be the thing that pushes you to love the work you do.
Why? What am I doing it for? To get out of debt? Retire early? Build a better lifestyle? Better home? More time with my children?
Not everyone is wired in such a way that they can find immediate joy in the day-to-day of their work life. That’s OK! Many people have been able to, instead, funnel their joy into the outcome of their work. The “Why”. Knowing what you’re doing it for, can bring joy knowing that at the end of the journey lies the goals and dreams you have been reaching for.
It then becomes a question of time. How can I get there as fast as possible?
Real Estate is one path that many have taken and successfully used to find traction toward achieving their financial goals and reaching their desired outcomes quickly. They were unsatisfied with the grind of worklife, and decided to put their energy into finding a source of wealth that would guide them to financial freedom.
It is Possible to Love Your Life!
I encourage you. If you don’t love what you do, and if it’s not providing you with the outcome of your dreams, stop doing it. Life is short, and spending substantial portions of your week miserable as you watch life pass by isn’t something I would recommend to anyone.
If you DO enjoy what you do, but it’s not paying the bills, why not supplement your current income with a life path that is both financially rewarding and complementary to your job and career goals?
When I wake up on Monday morning, I choose how my week looks. I have an opportunity through Real Estate to earn substantial portions of money, as well as make sure I have the availability to be present for all of my kids’ field trips and soccer games. In the summer I have the ability to take a trip with my family or decide to spend an afternoon at the beach.
And when Sunday night rolls back around, I can lay in bed, totally hyped for the week ahead. Absolutely thrilled for the challenges and joys that await me.
How we live our life is a choice. If you choose to do what you love, you’re going to love life and embrace the ride a whole lot more.