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Your Fate Might be in the Hands of Someone Other than You

In the last few weeks, with all the changes going on in my life, something became apparent to me. Despite the fact that I love my job, my fate still remains in the hands of someone else.  I’m not sure about you, but I don’t feel entirely comfortable about that. When people tell me about how they just want a stable job or think I should go find a “stable job” I can’t help but think they are completely unaware of 5 myths that help corporate America to fuel its own existence. The idea of stability is one that sounds nice in theory, but peek under the hood and you’ll start to see the most insidious part of stability: You’re not in control of your own life on that path. Even if you are making a million dollars a  year, as long as you are dependent on somebody else for your paycheck, you’re not entirely in control of your life.

You Should Have a Side Hustle

I’m not saying everybody should leave their jobs, start a blog, and galavant around the world. Let’s face it. Some people have lots of responsibility: kids, family, mortgages, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. But none of those things prevent anybody from having what Pamela Slim calls a side hustle. If nothing else, your side hustle can provide a nice second income which will at least give you some control over your life. In fact, in my recent interview with Pamela, she even said that one of the big mistakes that people make is leaving their day job too early.  What’s beautiful is that we live in a world today where anybody can put an hour a day into a side hustle.  In his Earn 1K Free 7 day course, Ramit Sethi even did a great webinar on the importance of multiple income streams. When you bank everything on your salary, you are putting all your eggs in one basket.

The benefits of a side hustle go far beyond the potential monetary gains. As we know, the world we live in today gives us access to a global network of inspiring people. That alone makes the pursuit of a side hustle worthwhile. To add to that there are countless stories of people who have transformed their entire lives over the course of a couple of years by working an hour a day. Chris Guillebeau said in his book that we underestimate what we can do in a year, but overestimate what we can do in a day. An hour a day over the course of the year adds up to 7X365 hrs. Imagine putting that kind of time into a goal or side hustle. What do you think the results will be?  If nothing else, you’ll learn from the experience and possibly even develop new skills to take to your job.

Is Your Life Ruled By Excuses?

In the past when people used to tell me all of the reasons they couldn’t do something I used to sympathize with them. I used to offer my advice and my perspective. However, I found over and over again that the same excuses would come up for people. At that point I realized nothing I could say or do would make any difference. If there’s something you’re not doing that you’re trying to get accomplished, then it’s simply because your life is ruled by excuses.  In fact on some level you would rather make excuses than accomplish your goal. Some reasons why you might make excuses include:

Look at the pattern above and you’ll see that the reasons for your excuses are more or less excuses. This pattern of behavior is ridiculous. I’m not sure about you, but I’d rather have what I want than live with my excuses.  You’re living out the story of your excuses in the results of your life.

Don’t  be a Chickenshit who Sticks to Job Description Only

If you’ve seen the movie Scent of a Woman, there’s a great scene when Al Pacino turns to Chris Odonell (when he doesn’t want to take a trip) and says “what are you? some kind of chicken shit who sticks to job description only?” It’s clear to me that Al Pacino wanted to bring out the Linchpin in Chris Odonnell.  In the world we live in today, it’s essential to become a Linchpin. You will have to continually develop your skills and bring something remarkable to the table.  Besides it’s way more fun that way. In many ways you can leverage your side hustle to build connections with people in your industry, increase  industry knowledge, and bring all that into your day job. So, the choice is yours. Leave your fate in the hands of someone else or get off your ass and take some action.

 

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