I’m starting a little late considering my job is ending May 31st but that’s okay. Maybe I can stack some days. This is a book by Dan Miller that I read a couple years ago and back then I was motivated, or so I thought, to take control of my life and quit letting life happen to me. For the past two years I have made some progress and have pursued a few opportunities but overall I am not in control. I’ve been blessed or possibly cursed with good fortune.
For the past 3 1/2 years I have had a great job with no overtime ever expected, great benefits, annual raises and bonuses! It has been amazing. Even more amazing, I’ve been working from home for almost half that time. Those last two sentences almost make me want to reconsider my decision to quit but I think it is too late now. I have this insane notion that I can do better than that!
When I read the book the first time, my job was moving to Ohio and I decided to not move with it. We had a house we couldn’t sell and a lot of family near by that we didn’t want to leave. I was preparing myself to pursue my own course whatever that would be. But then my boss said I could work from home and they extended my job to the end of 2011. Then as that date approached I was extended to June 2012 then to Dec 2012 and finally this last extension was determined to be my last. I kept waiting for them to stop offering me more work but deep down I was grateful. I kept accepting the extensions even though I really wanted to build my own business, but I didn’t want to fail. So I put my dreams on hold. It would give me time to make things happen in my “free time”.
So I began to grow and expand the work I do on the side but because there was no risk of failure I haven’t been very focused and have spread my time across at least 4 different projects or businesses! Now, two years have passed and I still don’t have a clear direction. In fact, I’m more confused than ever on what is the best direction to go and my discipline and focus have deteriorated to the point where I can’t seem to get myself to bed due to an overload of items on my todo list yet I still find time to browse facebook, youtube, twitter and reddit all at the same time!
So, now I have the need to decide, get focused and move forward. I thought of this book and decided to use it as my guide. I found a 48 day checklist to accompany the book and I will dedicate at least 30 minutes each day performing the tasks as the book suggests. Today my job was to review the schedule and visualize myself completing all the steps. The big thing I am doing today is beginning my plan to achieve a career that is in line with my talents and passions.
LET’S DO THIS!
I would love to get some participation. Maybe you’re not quitting your job any time soon but this book is just a way to look inward and learn about yourself and make adjustments in your life to make it better. If you are out of work and searching for a new career leave a comment and let’s help each other get on course. This book is highly recommended by personal finance guru, Dave Ramsey and was recommended to me by my YouTube inspiration, Shaycarl.