Are you ready to take life into your own hands, not give a damn about what others might say and just go after your dream?
I just listened to a great video where messages from Gary Vaynerchuck and Joe Rogan (click to watch) were compiled and it hit me because they pretty much explained my life story.
I was in my mid-20s, just finished with university and had a great job offer that would set me up for life. By all standards, this was a dream job that was just thrown at me.
What is the reasonable thing to do in such a case? Of course, I declined, sold everything I owned, bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam and pursued my own dream without knowing where the food on my table was going to come from.
It has always been my dream to work for myself, ever since I was 14 and started making my first money with websites. I knew back then that I never wanted to make work for someone else. I never wanted to be in a position where I’d be a grown man and someone else could tell me what to wear, where to sit, when to wake up in the morning, how long I could go to holiday and how I had to talk. No money in the world would justify such a life in my eyes.
But, of course, it was a tough call because family, friends and society imprints this image of the safe 9-to-5 job, get a house have a family, enjoy 2 vacations per year and just “enjoy the good life”. To be honest, if I could imagine my worst nightmare, then it would be such a groundhog-day like life in an artificial bubble.
When I declined the offer, I was ready to take a huge pay cut, I was OK with pure uncertainty, I didn’t mind living in a third world country and not knowing where my money would come from in a few months. Everything was better than joining the 9-to-5 world where you sell your time and your life to an anonymous company that doesn’t care about you and that is ready to fire you without any hesitation if it improves their bottom line.
And, to my surprise, I was happy like never before in my life. I had “nothing”, I didn’t bother that the countries I lived in weren’t developed, I was far away from home and knew no one, and gave up all luxurious things, but I was living my dream. I was doing what I promised myself I would do and I followed my heart.
These days, people don’t think for themselves, they don’t question things, they are not ready to take “risks” and blindly follow the masses. And once you are in the 9-to-5 trap, you won’t get out. You need to impress your neighbors with a new car, you need to spend a lot of money on an expensive vacation to brag to your colleagues and you just try to fill this emptiness inside of you with things, hoping that somehow materialism will make you feel as if your comfy job is worth it.
In the video above, Gary Vaynerchuk said it: you need to make 2 steps back and get ready to make 4 steps forward. The steps backward really hurt, though. Maybe it means going back to living with your parents, not going on holidays for a few years, selling your car, or moving to a cheaper apartment. In my eyes, anything is better than accepting that you are giving up on your dreams.
In the end, we only have this one life. We have a few decades to do everything you ever wanted. The earlier you start, the better. And even if you are in your 40s or 50s, it’s not too late. What’s the alternative? Burying your dreams and accepting that you won’t experience the job of fulfilling your potential? What’s the point of waking up for another day then?
I don’t want to brag, I don’t want to show you how great I am. I am not. I failed high school. My teachers said I was a hopeless case and that I was lost. If I can do it, anyone can. All it took for me was a commitment. Going all in on my dreams and not accepting anything but the most amazing life.