I was in a coffee shop the other day—absolutely nothing new for me—and a small group of people started an interview session near me. I couldn’t help but hear the conversation and I’m sure glad I did. The culmination of the conversation came when the interviewer asked the interviewee, “So what brought you to where you are today?” and the response was both risky and honest:
“I guess I just decided to take stock of my life and focus on what’s really important.”
How many times have we had the same thoughts? How many times have those thoughts turned into action?
The list of things keeping us from focusing on what’s really important is as long as this current economic downturn. I know for me…the excuses always outnumbered the reasons to try until I came face to face with the unemployment line.
At the top of the list of excuses are our responsibilities, the size of our bank accounts, and the limited amount of time we have to do something new. No one can argue that keeping our children clothed and making sure we keep our current job shouldn’t be our top priority. My contention is that you can do both.
So…here’s my challenge to you: START
Move towards your passion. Be like the young man in Starbucks and take a few risks.
Figure out what is really important to you and stick your toe in the water. Wade in the water if you can. If music is your passion, stop spending your time and money on iTunes and take a guitar class. If the outdoors is where you want to be, volunteer to teach with the park district this summer. If your dream is to start your own business, investigate what it takes to register your business name with the state and register it—then develop your business card and start talking to people about what you are doing on the side.