In today’s world, everywhere we look articles are appealing to our ego. Lately, it’s hard to avoid seeing people of all ages quitting their jobs to clean bathrooms in Barcelona. This type of image feeds our ego with the need to express itself in the thrill of quitting a corporate job, “sticking it to the man” if you will. The more we see someone leave their ad executive job to sell smoothies by the road, our ego wants to take a plunge to engage itself outside a stable environment.
As mindful readers, we know to be truly happy you must follow your passion, while that may be true, what isn’t being revealed all over our social media and news outlets, is a realistic way to get to follow your passion without landing on your face. It’s easy to quit your job and hope for the best as you write your way through the Europe, but it’s also highly unlikely that it will be a successful jump from cubical to adventure land.
Is this to say you are not talented in what your heart desires you to do? Absolutely not.
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It is, however, a likely chance that demanding your creative outlet to provide for your entire existence before you’re ready, might exhaust your talent and leave you penniless on your journey to happiness.
If you leave your soul crushing cubical world in the hopes to catapult into a creative future, you may put so much pressure on your creative mindset, that it becomes exhausted and starts to become dull.
So, how do we become ready to pursue our passion as a full-time career?
Start by carving out a creative path to your passionate future. You can begin to slowly create and use your passion and slowly build a creative business that can support you finically and satisfy you emotionally. This can be hard, the ego wants to jump and the soul wants nourishment, so we have to give it both while including stability. First, it’s important to note we need to be Childlike v. Childish in this process.
Childish is assuming you should be able to quit your job and travel the world because your job is too corporate, too boring, or too unlike you. Childlike is pursuing your creativity and feeding that piece of your soul and remaining light (not heavy by expecting it to provide for you immediately) in your passion.
First, identify what is you love to do. If you could do anything in the world, and make the same or larger salary, what would it be? If this doesn’t yield an answer that resonates with you. Try looking back to being about 8-10 years old, what did you love to do? Did you love to build doll houses? Architecture might be something to explore as your passion. If you do not yield any results from those two questions, ask yourself, if I woke up today and could do anything in the world for the day, what would it be? Bobbi Brown said when asked that question on her birthday, she knew she wanted to go to the mall and play with the makeup counters, from there, her passion to create beautiful make up emerged
Next, create a space for what you love to do every single day. Once you’ve identified your passion, begin exploring it for 10-15 minutes a day. If you love to write, start journaling in the morning or evening. Begin to expand the time you spend on what you love as time progresses, and refine your talent in that area.
Then, dip your toe in the industry and see how it feels. Once you’ve been exploring and refining your talent (I suggest six months, at minimum) reach out for freelance opportunities. It’s a smart idea to create business cards separate from your day job, and only take on what you can handle at home while still making time for your work in the office, your family and friends. It’s best to take on just one project at first. In the next few months, you can try two to three outlets for your work and see how the referrals start to develop through your freelance clients. I’d recommend exploring these opportunities for the next 8-12 months, it’s a good idea to save all excess freelance income to your safety net account for the last step in this proce
Next, do the math. Now that you’ve been working in the industry, you understand the going rate of your work. If you feel confident that you can expand your 2-3 clients to enough to make your current salary, or live comfortably, it’s time to do the math.   Calculate the number of clients you have or can obtain before beginning your process. Next, calculate the average amount of work you expect to do in a week and subtract 20% (As a safety measure for over-estimating) If I have six clients I work for, I can expect to write about 12 pieces a week. I charge $100 per piece, so I can estimate to bring in $1200 per week, now I need to subtract 20% from that number, to make sure I have a safe estimate, which brings me to $960 per week, a little under $50,000 per year.
Lastly, go for it! If the number you calculated looks safe and comparable to your current living situation, continue to drum up your business  by reaching out to your clients and seeing their interest in work at a full-time pace, ask for referrals (perhaps offer a discount on work per referral), and continue to grow your working network. When the water looks safe… JUMP!
In conclusion, with all of the emphasis today on creating a worldly, creative life, it’s important to take a mindful step back and identify a realistic approach on how to get there. When we demand our creative talents to provide for our entire life before we’re ready, we can create a strain and end up impacting our gift in a negative way. However, when we take time to map out of future and develop our craft, we can ensure a long lasting, stable, happy future pursuing our true dreams. Each day we can manifest and focus on our true, dream lives as we travel through our mapped out journey, keeping our childlike creativity while remaining mature and realistic in creating this ideal future.
Here’s to your new five year plans!
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