“I’m quitting my job to chase my dreams!”
When I hear someone say those words I experience two feelings simultaneously.
1. Excitement. You can’t help but admire someone with that kind of passion. Exciting things often happen when people step out of their comfort zone and make space to go for their dreams!
2. Fear. What if their dreams are not realistic? How will they pay their bills? What impact might that decision have upon their family?
I never know what to say (and doubt there is any right thing as each situation is so different) but as someone who has quit jobs to chase dreams I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts.
Warning: my thoughts don’t all mount a single argument to either quit your job or stay in it. They’re some things to ponder when you’re making the decision.
1. Chase Your Dreams
First and foremost – chase your dream.
So many people stop chasing dreams. They end up looking back on missed opportunities with a sense of regret.
If you have a dream that won’t go away I think you owe it to yourself – and the world around you – to pursue it.
2. Be Responsible
Don’t chase your dreams in a way that leaves a trail of ruin behind you.
You owe it to yourself to chase your dream – but not at the expense of those around you.
Too many times have I seen men and women chase dreams in ways that put their family in the way of harm. I can recount a number of new bloggers who quit their jobs to become full time bloggers only to find that their family no longer had an income stream or health care. I’ve seen marriages break down and tragedy strike as a result of chasing dreams without a safety net or backup plan.
I know ‘be responsible‘ doesn’t sound as sexy as ‘chase your dreams‘ – but it’s important.
I think a lot of it comes back to your life stage and situation. When I started blogging, I was engaged to be married and we had no kids. I was still conservative with my decision-making and always had a part time job until I was sure blogging would pay our bills. If I were starting out again today, as a husband and father of 3 kids, I’d certainly take things even slower than I did.
I personally set up the move between employment and