This is the story of the day that changed my life. I’ve told it here and there along the way.
Right now, I’m sitting in my Budapest apartment and my view from my ‘office’ (a table by the window) is of an office block. In fact, I can see right into the office and see all the workers. I’m sure they can see me too, if they wanted to. I see them arriving at work, I see them stepping outside mid-morning for cigarette breaks, I see them putting on their coats and getting out of the office to grab a sandwich for lunch…. you know the routine. I know that routine. It was ingrained in me for 16 years. Not one person walking in or out of that building looks happy. In fact I smiled at one of the workers who was standing outside as I was walking to my apartment, and he shouted at me! Don’t ask me what he said, it was in Hungarian! But how miserable must you be to shout at someone who smiles at you?! I used to be pretty much that miserable though.
Probably more so.
Doing a 9-5 job that made no impact on the world, or did anything for me, made me depressed. Most of the people that I worked with had their own degree of unhappiness. You just get used to being that way I guess. It becomes normal. And of course, you become a product of your environment and the average of the people you surround yourself with.
I got depressed. To the point where some days I couldn’t get out of bed. I know now that’s because I wasn’t filling my days with things that I LOVED. Things that fired me up. Things that filled me with excitement. I didn’t know I had a choice. I thought I should be grateful I had a regular wage, could pay my mortgage and have a holiday once a year. This went on for far too long, but then the day that changed my life happened.
One morning I woke up. Not unusually I couldn’t face the day. I wanted to shut out the sun light and go back to sleep. There was an even deeper dread of facing another day feeling like this. I couldn’t take it anymore and at that moment I knew I couldn’t live like this any longer. The pain was too great.
I knew what I had to do. The alternative didn’t bear thinking about.
I went into my job of 10 years and handed in my notice and left there and then.
I hadn’t a plan. I hadn’t the money. I hadn’t a clue what I was going to do next. But I knew that if I had the courage to walk away from ‘security’, then I would have the courage to do more. I had taken action. And I would keep on taking action.
That was my first step to freedom and creating a life on my terms and I’ve never stopped putting one foot in front of the other.
And bit by bit, over the years, I’ve kept going for FREEDOM and life on my terms, doing what I love.
Eventually making the break, I’ve followed my passions. And I still do. And I won’t stop.
I’d like to think that everyone is cut out for a life on their terms, but really, I’m not so sure.
Going from my experience (who else’s), the learning curves, the ups and downs, the huge highs and sometimes, the lows. There’s been times when I’ve been scared. There’s been times when I’ve had to hold on tight for all I’ve got and tell myself that I’m NOT going to give up, even though that would have been the easiest option. There’s been times when I questioned my sanity; surely I’ve got to be crazy to follow this path.
And then, of course, there have been the wins and the successes too! And seeing the results of staying on course and not allowing outside circumstances sway me.
Is it all worth it? YES! Always.
And it continues. IT NEVER STOPS!
There is always more to learn; about business, about yourself, about success and what it looks like to you.
There will always be more challenges and more wins too!
If you feel ‘stuck’ like I did and you KNOW that has GOT to be an alternative, there is. But you have to take that first step. You can absolutely take control in your life and your work. It starts with action. Perhaps a small series of actions, or maybe like me, big scary leaps into the unknown. (I recommend the latter!). And determination. You need that too. And to be ready, and daring enough to go for it. Really go for it. Like your life depends upon it. Because it does!
If you want to to have a life of freedom and do the work you love, then I’m going to show you how in my FREE training coming up this THURSDAY 2nd October. I’ll be sharing how you can create a life on your terms, make money doing what you love and how to stop marching to the beat of someone else’s drum. Save your virtual seat here!
Believe more is possible!