The Lucky Few — An Experiment

So here’s my deal, I’m thirty, happily married with a loving family, living in a great city but I hate my job. I’ve hated all of my jobs — all 14 years worth. And I’m sick of it.

It’s time, maybe beyond time, to take action. The goal is to discover a career that I enjoy, find fulfilment in and that leverages my skills.

The risk — that I never find it. Then again, that’s where I am now. So not much downside here.

Why now?

I’ve tried this in the past but not so formally. I’ve changed career paths, learned new skills, tried to change my attitude towards work, tried to find things that I enjoy outside of work to focus on instead, tried to ignore the dissatisfaction and focus on the positives and tried to “toughen up”. I always end up feeling the same way.

It’s time for a new approach.

Time — I’ve used this word 3 times, nope 4, so far. There’s a limit on it and we don’t know when we’ll reach that point. Why spend it unhappy when you don’t have to.

Regrets — Ever since I read Bronnie Ware’s post Regrets of the Dying, I’ve kept the list of top 5 regrets mounted in my house.

Regret #1 — “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life other’s expected of me.” At this point in time, I can’t say I wouldn’t have this regret. I at least have to try and hopefully this won’t be on my list.

Why a blog?

It’s easy to lose track of why you start something and what exactly you were doing. Keeping this blog will help me stay the course and (fingers crossed) realize my goal.

Maybe I’ll connect with great people like yourself, who feel the same way and we won’t feel alone. Maybe we’ll share ideas and suggestions to help each other.

Why shouldn’t we be one of the lucky few who spring out of bed, itching to begin working on their latest project. Those who’s work doesn’t feel like work (I’m skeptical whether they actually exist).

What’s next?

I have some ideas on how to begin, I’ll expand on these and report back each week to track my progress.

Action Items for Week 1

1. Get my mind and body into healthy habits that will stimulate creativity and get those endorphins pumping! Action — Exercise 3 times per week. Find 5 minutes each day for quiet meditation.

2. Setup personal finance goals that will help me find value in the work I do as a means to achieve my personal goals. Action — Set at least 1 savings goal the SMART way (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time bound).

3. Make time for a passion project. Action — Spend at least 3 hours a week dedicated to that project you’ve been putting off.

Follow along with me if you’re so inclined and let me know how it goes. Here’s to being one of the lucky few!