We all have plans to do what we want to do but often we are stuck only doing what we have to do. Going to work, paying the bills, providing for our families, investing in our future. Money has a way of driving most of our decisions and although money is important, it is not the most important. What is the most important is living the life you want to live which is why often the first leap is a leap away from what you have to do.
No, I’m not suggesting you stop paying your bills or providing for your families but perhaps you should quit your job, change careers or start that business?
What if you could do what you have to do by doing what you want to do?
10 years ago I was doing what I had to do. I was going to work, paying the bills, providing for my family and even investing a bit in my future. I was a good responsible citizen of the world. There was only one problem– ok 2 problems. I no longer believed in what I was doing. Also, I was miserable. I had been miserable for years but figured, “it would be irresponsible to quit,” so I continued working.
One night, my wife Angie came to me and said, “it’s over.” Thankfully she was talking about my career and it was just the push I needed. The next day I gave notice that this would be my final quarter knowing life was too short do what I thought I had to do. 8 months later we were lost on a mountain in Spain as part of a 3 month back packing trip through Europe. When we returned to Canada, it was tempting to go back to doing what I had to do. Instead, I moved forward with what I wanted to do and launched my first business. I was a small business owner on Vancouver Island doing what I wanted while still doing what was needed.
For the past decade, I’ve been doing what I have to do BY doing what I want to do. I’d love to help you take the leap and do the same!