If You Know What Would Make You Happy Why Wait
You often hear friends and family saying
“Oh, I’ll live my dream someday”
“I’d love to open a bed and breakfast on the beach, but it’s just not practical right now”
“I’m going to open my brewery someday, but that’s obviously at least 15 years down the line”
“But, wouldn’t owning your micro-brewery make you the happiest man alive”
Seriously though, what man wouldn’t want their brewery? Why wait? If you know you want to do something eventually, why wouldn’t you just go ahead and do it? Tomorrow has a nasty habit of never coming.
How do you know, Have you tried, What’s the worst that could happen?
It may not be as bad as you think. What exactly are you afraid of, Poverty? Billions of people around the globe survive and thrive on less than your worst-case-scenario even if everything blows up in your face. Starting over isn’t all that bad because using what you’ve (just) learned, you can climb back towards the top pretty quickly. Every failure gets you closer to success.
When it comes right down to it, you have far less to lose than you think you do. A job you probably don’t like, a car you bought for the good gas mileage, and a house that probably isn’t your dream home is the most you stand to lose if you’re like most Americans. Big deal? You could get those back in a matter of years (if not sooner) if you had to. You lose very little by failing. Oh, but those “what if I’d done…” questions will bug the crap out of you for the rest of your life. Count on it.
Fortunately, living your dream needn’t be an all-or-nothing endeavour. Some, like Tim Ferriss of Four Hour Work Week fame, are perfectly content with the constant threat of financial collapse (they may deny it, but deep down they are). I applaud that quality in a human being, but me being me, I’m a bit more conservative than that. If I fail, I only want to fall halfway down the ladder. Call it a cheap insurance policy (much cheaper than auto insurance, at least).
Ferriss calls them muses, Frugal Dad calls them side hustles, and I say call them whatever the hell you want to call them, so long as they pay the bills. The 40-hour-per-week, 40-year career is dead as a doornail, or at least it should be. My generation (35 and younger) are bound to live a volatile life as far as work goes. Where many decry the loss of the 30-year company man (those people tend to lack imagination), I applaud it. Why not work for a year or two on a project you enjoy and then, 2 years later and just when you’re beginning to lose interest, take a 6-month mini-retirement? Or maybe just spend a month or two at home working on more sources of alternative income between contract jobs? These income streams will pay your bills when you aren’t working regularly, and maybe even fund construction and see you through the early lean months of that new brew-pub you’ve been dreaming of. It’s easier than you think.
I’ve opted to go the online income route, but there are many roads to Jerusalem, including investment income (if you have sufficient capital, this is by far the lowest maintenance way to go), speaking gigs, freelance writing gigs you can do from anywhere with an internet connection, freelance web design, and virtually limitless other ways to make a buck without holding down a traditional job.