Are you struggling to find a job? Or maybe you are not at the job you wish you had? It is my belief that you may have just stumbled upon the biggest opportunity of your life.
Now before you run for the hills, no, I’m not crazy. Please hear me out. My story provides the basis for my reasoning.
A year and a half ago, I was nearing college graduation. I was graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a minor in Spanish, a GPA of 3.74, internship experience and countless other extra-curricular activities to buff up my resume. Despite my credentials, I was having trouble finding an entry-level accounting job.
Graduation day came and went, and still, no job offers. Sure, I probably could have pursued more companies, followed up more relentlessly, or gone to the business school advisors for help. For some reason, though, my former self didn’t. And boy, am I glad I didn’t.
The reason this was such a blessing was that it forced me to think about why I wanted to work as an accountant in the first place. Was it because I enjoyed taxes, bookkeeping, and numbers? Was it because I thought I could make a lot of money? Was it because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do?
If I’m honest, I wanted the money, and I wanted to retire as early as possible. When I dug deeper into my desire, however, I uncovered that what I really wanted was the freedom that retirement would bring. My mindset was to save the majority of my income, invest as much as possible, and then retire early. Then I would have more free time to travel and to be with friends and family.
In the midst of these thoughts, I also began to look at other options for making money. Was there any other way to achieve my end goal, besides getting a corporate accounting job? This is where things got really interesting. I researched online endlessly for different ways to earn a living. I watched videos, read articles, and listened to podcasts, trying to gain an understanding of what options existed.
I eventually came across the concept of an online business, where I could make money even while I slept. This was completely eye-opening for me. I told myself that this is what I was going to do! I was going to create an online business, where my earning potential would be unlimited, and I could work from anywhere in the world as long as there was an internet connection. And guess what? Since that point, I have been working every day towards building a business that I can run from my laptop, from anywhere in the world.
No don’t get me wrong, I do still work at a job. I haven’t had overnight success in the online business space. But the job I have is only slightly related to accounting, and I’m 100% okay with that.
It is no longer important to me that I couldn’t find an “accounting” job. In fact, I am so happy that I didn’t! If I had gotten a job offer straight out of college, I would likely be working 60-70 hours per week, not realizing that what I truly wanted - freedom to travel and be with family and friends - was so accessible if I just put in the time and effort to get it.
This is why I say that I’m thankful that I couldn’t find a job. So many people right now are tolerating a job that they may not be passionate about. I believe if I had gotten hired, I would be in that same situation.
Instead, I am on my way to living out my dream of having as much freedom as I could ever want, while simultaneously impacting people through my work. Oh, and by the way, all of my work can be done with just my laptop and an internet connection - did I mention that already? :)
My plea to you is that if you are currently not at the job you want, or if you can’t find the “high-paying” job that you think you deserve, you may do better to consider working for yourself.
The question you have to ask yourself and answer honestly is, “Am I willing to do what it takes?”
Maybe you don’t have a lot of time at the moment. You may still have a job that requires a big time commitment.
Perhaps you need to consider the possibility of quitting your current job and getting a new one that doesn’t require as many hours. Then when you are off the clock, you can focus more time and effort on learning the skills needed to begin building your own online business. Are you willing to do what it takes?
Hop onto the world wide web, search away, and you will be amazed at the opportunities that exist. If you do decide that you want to start to build an online business for yourself, you may want to check out my previous post describing the top 5 things to know before starting an online business, which you can find here.
So what are you waiting for?
I believe the discouragement from an unsuccessful job search actually positions you in a very unique situation, ripe with opportunity. It may just be the beginning of something you never before thought possible.