As a natural chatterbox, I have talked to many people over the years. In these conversations I have noticed that some people have a lot of bad days. Perhaps they don’t like their job, their marriage, where they live, etc. Then there are those that I have talked to that have a lot of good days. Nothing seems to get these happy people down for long. Maybe they have a fantastic family life, great job, financial security, or were just blessed with a sunny disposition, who knows? One thing that people on both ends of the spectrum have in common though is they both (usually) have dreams. Whether people are happy or bitter, they still usually have a goal for the future they would like to attain. Maybe the angry person envisions themselves just walking away from everything and moving to South America. Maybe the happy person wants to spend 6 months a year traveling the world.
Why do some people realize their dreams and others do not?
Through my writing, I have met a lot of people. One person that I have talked to a lot and has become a great friend is Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. We both started blogging at about the same time, so we experienced similar frustrations and also small victories together. However, as time went on, Crystal found she REALLY loved everything about blogging. She realized pretty early on that she wanted to quit her 9-5 office job, and make blogging her career.
I then sat back and watched Crystal’s plan unfold. She started with just one website, and now has four (I think). Crystal found ways to make money in blogging that never even crossed my mind. She created a Blog Carnival and sold it for a nice profit, manages advertising for other blogs, is a staff writer for other websites- her empire just keeps growing and growing.
Even though Crystal found success early on, she was smart. She and her husband laid out a plan of what financial goals needed to be reached before she would quit. It couldn’t just be “make some money for a month or two, count on making at least that amount forever, and then march in your boss’s office with a smile on your face and quit”. Instead, they wanted to accumulate a certain amount of money as a safety net, and also make sure the empire could generate at least a specific income for a certain period of time..
Hard Work Pays Off!
On Wednesday, Crystal did walk into her boss’s office and gave her 2 week notice. How absolutely liberating that must have felt. I will not go into to detail about what financial goals were met, as you can read it at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. However, I have to say I am incredibly happy for her.
What has been so fascinating to me is watching someone take a small idea, formulate a plan, and make a dream come true. How often do you get to see that happen? So often, people are unhappy with their lives, but are afraid to make a change. Not Crystal. She started a hobby, got hooked, and created a whole new career for herself, all within 18 months! It wasn’t easy either. She worked tirelessly over that period of time, I am not sure she ever slept.
You Can Do It Too
I am not saying that everyone can go quit their job and make a new career for themselves online. What I am saying is that you can make a change for the better. If you really do hate your job, sit down and think about what you need to do. Do you need to update your resume or just change your perspective on your current job? No matter what your dreams are, don’t just let them be dreams. Start making them be a reality. Don’t think you can’t focus on a goal just because it can’t happen tomorrow. Sit down, talk with your significant other, and make some plans. Each small step you accomplish toward that goal brings you that much closer to your ultimate dream. You never know what you may learn along the way. Maybe your dream will change and evolve, who knows?
In the end, your future belongs to you. You can decide to keep plugging along each day, just getting by. Or, you can create your own destiny. Picture yourself ten years from now, do you want to see yourself exactly as you are today with maybe some more gray hair? Or, would you like to see a happier or maybe more fulfilled version of yourself?
Finally, I just want to congratulate Crystal, who has accomplished a lot in such a short period of time. She has been an inspiration to many and has shown that just about anything is possible!