Boredom isn’t a problem, but misery is. If you fall into a cycle of repetitive drudgery, it might be time for a change.
I have had several day jobs that I didn’t enjoy over the years. I’m grateful that I was able to keep my bills paid, but they were dead-ends for me that I was using as a safety net while I developed other skills that I could apply somewhere else.
The real problem happens when people get used to something they hate. I was never content with my day job, it was something that I knew was temporary while I was waiting for the right opportunity. I kept that in mind every time I clocked in.
When people DON’T keep that idea in their heads, they become complacent. They stop striving for more. They go home and watch TV instead of taking a class or practicing a skill. They develop a condition known as learned helplessness.
Like a beaten dog or the victim of domestic violence, they think those horrible circumstances are normal. But that’s not normal.
We live in a time and era where it’s possible to do almost anything if you work hard enough or smart enough. I don’t care how hard you have it – you can make changes.
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Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just snap your fingers and be a different person? Me, too. But it doesn’t work that way.
It takes hard work. You’ll have to take risks. If you fail, you need to try again. It won’t be easy.
But when you see your chance, don’t hesitate. Go all-in. Invest the last $1000 that you don’t really have into your dream when you see a chance for success. Then keep going until you make it, no matter what it takes.
I had that chance. I’ve apprenticed under two amazing tattoo artists in the past but never made a career from it because I never had the opportunity to buy my machine and supplies. There was always something more pressing, or I made excuses. I never gave myself the opportunity.
Now, I’ve invested in myself and I took the plunge. I didn’t want to settle for any “starting equipment” or kits. I wanted to buy something amazing, something that will last, and something that will push me to live up to my dreams. I invested in my future, and I envisioned the work that I’ll be doing with my new machine and workbench.
After tattooing for a year and a half, I took another leap and moved to The Murder Art Collective with a group of like-minded artists ready to make a dent in the industry. We’ve all taken huge chances, huge leaps, and it’s paying off like we never imagined.
I put all my cards on the table. I cut back my hours at my day job at a pretty rapid pace while I built a client base. I have a family, so I couldn’t quit before I established SOME income, but, through smart saving and building my credit, I knew that I could survive on the bare minimum.
I’m not scared of losing my job. I’m not scared about my future as a tattoo artist. The future is uncertain, but I’m determined, disciplined, and I’ve invested too much to turn back.
And that’s what it takes. If you want a change, you have to be open to it. You have to put it all on the line when you see your opportunity.
Don’t be helpless. Work hard, build skills, and tell yourself every day that you’re going to do. These daily affirmations keep you focused on your growth and won’t allow you to fall into a rut.
Has anyone reading this found their big chance? Or maybe you’ve missed an opportunity. Either way, let’s hear about it in the comments.