“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.”
So begins another Groundhog Day in the movie of the same title.
It was years after its 1993 release that I watched Bill Murray star as Phil Connors in Groundhog Day.
At first, I didn’t care for the movie. I didn’t “get” it. That was until I graduated college and started working in Corporate America (the same went for Office Space).
The routine of getting up at the same time, having the same breakfast, having the same commute, doing the same thing every single day at work. All this made relating to the movie easier.
Now, whenever the movie is on, I have to stop and watch it.
Because I made a decision in 2012 that changed my life and I can laugh at the movie since it is no longer my life.
Giving Up On The Corporate Routine
After nearly 17 years in Corporate America, I left it to work for myself full-time.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like routine and processes. I like them both very much. What I didn’t like was being forced to commute to an office and be there for 40 hours per week, regardless of whether there were 40 hours of work/meetings.
The company I was working for at the time was “expanding” to a new state, some 500 miles away.
I had no plans to move. I told my then boss that I would help pack the last box, on the last truck, on the last day, but I wouldn’t be moving. I meant it.
But, I didn’t stay until the last day. I had an opportunity arise that I had wanted for nearly six years, so I left the company for this opportunity.
The opportunity turned out to be nothing like I had imagined. I found myself with a decision to make. I could try and find another corporate job or take the side business I had started five years earlier and see if I could make it my full-time income source.
I chose the latter.
Growing up, my dad was the co-owner of a business. He worked for himself as long as I could remember.
And I told myself I would never do that.
I didn’t want the pressure of running a business, dealing with clients, payroll, and all the rest. So I vowed I’d find a good corporate job, stay there until I retired and then do whatever it was that I wanted to do.
Turns out, I was almost the same age when I became self-employed that my dad was when he bought into his business.
Now, more than five years into this journey, I can honestly say that I am unemployable. Not that I’m not able or likely to get paid employment because of a lack of skills or qualifications. I am unemployable because I have tasted what it is like to work for myself and I love that freedom.
I know self-employment isn’t for everyone.
But for some, it is what is needed to fully live.
Not Every Person Really Lives
There is an abundance of talk about following one’s dreams or passions.
For those of you that are in a job situation that allows you do to that, please, keep doing it. Keep feeding your soul.
For those that are just working on something that is killing your soul, decide to make a change.
Soul destroying work is not what we were meant to do. We are not meant to live a Groundhog Day type of life.
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Take the necessary time to find, or maybe you already know, what it is that you are to do but are afraid to do it. I highly recommend* Dan Miller’s book, 48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal. I used this book to help me find my last two corporate jobs (if working a job is what makes you happy- no judgment here).
That book and Dan Miller’s free podcast helped me as I began my journey to self-employment.
While I don’t advocate for being irresponsible, I do advocate being your true self.
Don’t quit your day job and hope something will appear. Build a bridge to becoming self-employed, if self-employment is for you.
Deciding To Truly Live
What would make you truly come alive? Even if you don’t think you can make money with that dream, write it down.
What could you do that would make you get out of the Groundhog Day existence that you might be in?
Describe what it looks like. Be as detailed as possible, but know that in the real world, it might not look 100% like your vision- and that’s OK.
As the saying goes, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Your first step is to identify that dream or passion.
Could your journey be helped through buying one of Dan Miller’s books?
Maybe your journey begins with the decision to start a blog and build an audience around your story, your experience, or your knowledge.
Whatever it is, decide TODAY, to take your first step.
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