How I Changed
In several of my posts I try to share my feelings, as to why I started my website. Why I decided to try making a living online and why I think you should too. I might not be the best writer and maybe this is why it’s hard for me to get you to understand why and how to make a career change.
I understand that some of you might have good jobs and are happy to be so fortunate to have a job at all. I mean there are people out there who would be happy to have a home or some food.
I get that completely…
What I don’t understand is, if we have these opportunities, why do we not fight and work to have what we want?
I’m not talking about wanting the latest iPhones and newest clothes of a certain brand. I’m talking about true freedom!
I guess in that dream I failed to realize the suffering that comes along with it and the endless hours you waste in an office.
I pity everyone that is currently locked in that lifestyle and I am so glad I found the courage to break out of this cycle. Of course this is a daily battle with myself. I often doubt I can actually pull this through and quite frankly it scares me sometimes, since about 90% of the people tell me to get a job to at least have some financial security.
But it’s exactly that financial security that is the poison that keeps pushing my new dream, of financial freedom, further away!
As I said, I always wanted the big wallet and fancy lifestyle. I’m not going to lie, I still love the fancy lifestyle and fancy things, but I don’t want to be locked up in the office for more than 8 hours a day to have that financial stability.
My new dream is quite simple, work as little as possible, from wherever I want, whenever I want. I want to be able to lie on the beach with some nearby WIFI connection and my laptop, while I get a tan and post my next article on my website.
You might think this is every mans dream and only the lucky few actually make it.
The few that make it, are those that took their life into their hands!
I spoke to a lot of friends and colleagues and I know that a lot of you are the same. You have great ideas and good concepts cooking up, but you never take action.
I think it was Noah Kagan, founder of AppSumo, that came up with the term Wanterpreneur.
A lot of you are probably thinking you will get something done eventually. But why are you always waiting for something to happen in order to make a change? Nothing will happen unless you decide to make it happen. That is what a Wanterpreneur does. You have great ideas but don’t do anything to realize them.
I get that the fear of failure is there and you wouldn’t want to invest a couple of thousand dollars or euros just to have wasted it in the end. But having invested that is not a waste! It was an investment you’ve learned a lot by spending that money.
You actually moved a million steps closer than anyone who still just wakes up every morning to go to work day in and day out.
My Previous Routine
After I received my Bachelors in London, I wanted to get started in the corporate world and wear my suit as I walk into the tube every morning and arrive at work on my personal desk and get started.
‘Sadly’ I didn’t manage to get a job and because I couldn’t afford rent, whilst I was looking for jobs I moved back home and decided to look for jobs here instead.
Few months passed and I finally joined the working force. After about 3 weeks I got fed up with wearing the same 2 suits every week, especially because I was a nobody and the only people that would see me, were my colleagues.
It didn’t make sense to look like someone important, when in fact I’m earning the lowest salary in the entire building. I quickly switched jobs and although the company was much greater a lot more opportunities etc. I still felt like a nobody.
What was worse was that, I became tired to the extent that I was really exhausted. I barely had any energy to work out anymore and all I wanted to do after work was watch TV and sleep.
I picked myself up and started working out in the mornings, worked during the day, started my own business and studied to learn how to trade.
Eventually it was too much for me and slowly everything crumbled and failed. I wasn’t torn apart and I didn’t feel like my life was over. My business would probably still run ok to survive if we’d continue it now but that’s just wasted energy.
I realized that trading wasn’t for me, as it required nerves of steel and you would have to be present during trading hours, which I didn’t have at the time. Plus it involves a little too much money for my liking.
I finally got introduced to something that fit my criteria perfectly, called affiliate marketing, which I have been doing ever since.
Suddenly it all made sense to me. I grew up loving technology, I love my laptop and spend hours on it, I’m a quick learner when I’m interested in things and most importantly, the internet can help me make money.
Why didn’t I realize that quicker? There are millions of people making millions online. Surely there must be a way I can learn how to do that too?
My Current Situation
I resigned from my corporate job to join a different one that seemed more interesting (who was I kidding, every desk job is not the real life to me) but due to ‘unfortunate’ circumstances, they had to let me go.
I am now working on my own as an affiliate marketer.
Like I mentioned in the beginning, it can be really scary at times because I just started out and everyone’s telling me to find a job as soon as possible.
The truth is, I am too afraid to let go of this opportunity. I finally got the ‘push’ in my life that I need. I know that this will be my chance to break the cycle and say goodbye to the rat race.
I remember being depressed walking into the office, hearing the same jokes, smelling the same air, feeling stressed and warm with unnaturally heated climate due to thousands of PC’s being on 24/7 in this office.
Now I wake up early, eat my own cooked meals (I actually have time to eat breakfast), work out, write my blogposts and sleep without stress.
I honestly could never return to the working slave lifestyle. I was so demotivated in the end that even a promotion wouldn’t have kept me in the office much longer.
As for now, I want to spend every day blogging and writing articles, creating websites etc. until I have a stable enough income.
If I fail at affiliate marketing, I will try something else, as there are too many different ways to make money online.
I also want to help you to at least try the same. You don’t have to quit your jobs. You can do this part time. It might just take a little longer to say goodbye to your desk job, but it will work if you pull it through.
Additionally you can work with anyone of your passions. How could you not want to at least try it?
I can’t see, how you can lie to yourself and tell yourselves that you like your jobs. Maybe you do, but I never understood how you can enjoy:
- Being stressed
- Rushing every minute of the day
- Being stuck in traffic morning and afternoons
- Wearing the same formal clothes to impress no one
- Sweating in summer in long trousers
- Sitting on your uncomfortable chair for 8 hours
- Getting half the salary you wished for
- Being denied a promotion
And there are thousands of other reasons I could give.
If you need more motivation I strongly encourage you to read Tim Ferriss’ book ‘The 4 Hour Workweek’ as this was really an eye opener for me, as well as ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki.
Both of these books made me get up and change my life. I hope that a year from now I can refer back to this blogpost and show you how much you can achieve with determination.
Now it’s time to take action from your side! If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, definitely read my review of Wealthy Affiliate and their course.
Feel free to like my Facebook page, leave comments or ask questions. I’m always happy to help and answer questions.
I also wanted to note that all my images are by Steve Cutts and that his images manage to show, what I might not be able to express in words. For more of these illustrations and animations feel free to visit his website right here!
Thanks for reading,