I saw this on Chase Jarvis's blog the other day, read it in the airport and it all rang so true. I got asked how I started doing what I do a handful of times this week alone. So rather than tell you that again I thought I would say give this a read if your stuck in a rut, or want to be doing something else with your life but don't seem to be able to make it a reality.
When people ask me how I started doing this, I tell them it was some what of a snow ball effect, and that's true but that's the short version, the very short one. So is this blog post to be honest, if you see me in person and want to know more just ask.
The key part of all this, and actually making your dream job your actual job, or achieving anything you really want to is just getting started.
When I was 16 and still in school and setting up as self employed, lots of people told me I was rushing in to it all and should go get a normal job and go to uni blah blah blah. I took on board what they said, briefly, and then threw 90% right out the window. The careers adviser made me spend 2 weeks writing an in depth business plan, I haven't looked at it in 5 years of business.
I was very lucky that I was still at home and so had very little over heads, insurance and a car and a token gesture of rent was about it, so I had it good when it comes to starting a new business. But even so, I just got started and let the finite details work themselves out as I went along, and for the most part it worked out just fine.Yes there will be hickups, yes there will be signs telling you to stop and go be "normal" but its those signs that stop everyone else from doing this. From having what really is an amazing job. Others see reasons to stop, I see hurdles keeping all those who want it less than me out.
Someone ( I forget who, probably my mum ) told me that “ A mistake is only a mistake if you make it twice, otherwise it was a lesson” and its damn good advice, if you screw up ( which you are going to do a lot ) just work out why it happened and try your best to make sure it doesn't happen again.
So I wont rabbit on, but just want to say that like the post I saw on the blog mentioned at the top ( http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/a-brief-guide-to-world-domination/ ) , don't let your dreams become dreams, make them happen. Its so easy to find a hundred reasons to hold off on doing them, but all it takes is one good reason to give it a go and you will realize its not as bad as it seems, if you want something, anything enough, and are willing to put in the hours to make it happen, you will make it happen.
( I am now going to go ride my bike, and not think about working at all haha )