My Journey: Working a 9-5 Job to Online Entrepreneur Start-Up Story

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Hi, I’m Jessie Shi. Just an average girl (woman) with not-so-average dreams and aspirations. 

If you’re anything like me and you’re desperate to find a way out of the never ending, mundane 9-5 lifestyle, then you can relate to my journey and my story.

This is my journey of achieving Time Freedom, Financial Freedom and above all, Lifestyle Freedom.

What is Lifestyle Freedom? You ask.

It’s basically the freedom to CHOOSE what you want to do with your life, when money is not an issue.

What would your ideal day look like?

Travelling the world, doing charity work, raising three kids, learning the guitar. If you can name it, then you should go for.

Imagine if you could do anything you want, go anywhere you want, while still earning an abundant income.

And not needing to compromise between making a living and living your ideal life.

Imagine if you could actually have your cake and eat it too!

First…A bit about me and my journey leading up to this point of change….  

I’m a 29-year-old from Australia, married for 3 years to my best friend James.

Growing up I was told to study hard, do well in school, go to a good university, get a good job (ideally as a doctor or lawyer), work really hard, make heaps of money, buy a big house, get married and have two kids.

Sounds familiar?

Pretty stock standard, pretty generic, pretty boring.

So, I did study very hard and do well in school, tick. But I was not smart enough to get into medicine or law in university, fail. Plus I never really wanted to, because it was just simply too cliched.

My parents at the time could offer very little advice on what other career options there were, so in the midst of my confusion, I chose to do a bachelor of science for my university degree.

Then begun my 3.5 year journey of time wasting, cramming for exams, and more career confusion.

But Hey! At least I ticked the box of going to university!

During my last year of uni, I still had no idea what I wanted to do for work after graduating.

All I knew was that I did not want to work in the scientific field. I just wanted to get out of uni asap and start working to make some money.

Within weeks of finishing my last exams, I landed myself my first real job working for a bank, which I happily took without hesitation.

The job involved cold calling customers on the phone to get more business for the bank. And within the first couple of months, I was already hating it. The role was just not for me.

Countless hours of talking to customers on the phone, pretending that I care, but really my intention was just to meet my referral targets.

I pushed myself to persevere for a little longer, hoping that I would eventually like my job.

But by month 6, I was done. I could not take it anymore. I was exhausted, mentally and emotionally.

I cried myself to sleep on Sunday nights, dreading Monday mornings, feeling sad and sick in the stomach. I don’t know why, I just felt really depressed. I just didn’t want to go to work anymore….

Instead of quitting however, I asked my manager at the time if I could transfer to a different department, which he was kind enough to grant my request immediately.

The very next week I started working in the inbound department, taking calls rather than making them, which I enjoyed much more.

However.… As time went by, I got bored…. The days felt like they were getting longer. The role felt more mundane. I felt unfulfilled. I was just there just to get paid, so that I could then pay my bills.

I wanted a career change to do something more meaningful. So I switched to working part time hours and took up studies to become a nurse, to hopefully find fulfillment there.

Short story is, this didn’t go to plan. I dropped out of studies and quit my job altogether. And was unemployed for the next 1.5 years.

During this period, I got married to my boyfriend of 5 years (tick) and stayed at home being a housewife.

Eventually due to financial reasons, I needed to find work again. But I wasn’t ready to work full time yet, so I ended up working a casual job in a retail store selling shoes.

This was quite a low point in my career. I earned very little income, hated my job and felt like I was going backwards in life.

I remember having a random conversation one time with an old friend from work. He told me he wanted to start his own business. I told him I was working in retail casually and doing odd jobs on the side.

He seemed quite surprised to hear this, and made a remark that really put me on the spot.

He said to me “Jessie, you’re really smart and you have a lot of potential. I don’t understand why you’re working random jobs?”

His statement really stuck with me. It really confronted me.

‘Do I really have potential? Could other people really see that in me? Why am I failing in life? Where do I go from here?….

So I decided to have another career change and do something I was actually passionate about….

I quit my retail job and started an online diploma course in interior design and decorating. Within a year, I started full-time work for a residential builder.

I quite liked this job. I was grateful for the opportunity. And I learnt a lot. But to be perfectly honest, I still hated going to work….

In my first few months of working in this job, I woke up every day feeling like I wanted to quit my job. What the heck?? I just got started and I wanted to quit already??

I couldn’t understand why I felt this way. I CHOSE this job, I CHOSE this career. But why was I still feeling so much struggle, dread and grudgingness going to work every morning??

My friends and family told me it’s because I’d been out of work for so long, so I just needed time to adjust to the full-time lifestyle and routine.

Sounds fair, sounds logical, so I just pushed through…

I disciplined my body and my mind to get used to the 9-5 grind, so that it would feel like second nature again…

One year later…. My heart has still not settled… I still wanted to quit my job….

I had thought about changing roles within the company. Or changing to a company that pays more. Would I be satisfied with that?

But when I searched my heart, the answer is still a big fat “No”. A different role or higher pay will still not make me want to go to work.

Even if it did, it would just be a matter of time before my wild and unsettled heart starts screaming at me to get out again.

It seemed like an endless cycle and I just couldn’t do it anymore. I can’t keep going from job to job, career to career, over and over again!

It was never about the role, the company, or the pay. It’s was just me.

I wanted more to life. Something better. Something different. But I didn’t know what.

All I knew was, I just couldn’t to do this 9-5 job thing anymore. I’m just not made for this….

I looked around me, and everyone else seems to be coping just fine. Everyone else seems to have accepted this as part of life. But why can’t I just accept it? What’s wrong with ME?

When I looked into my future, I saw a very long tunnel… The tunnel is the rest of my life… And the light at the end seems so small, so far away… The light is retirement…

I felt trapped inside this tunnel… I felt like I didn’t have a choice… Its either work a 9-5 job for the rest of your life…Or be poor and unemployed…

But what do I do if I didn’t want to choose either of those options??


Then One Fine Day…

I had another turning point…

I came across a Youtube ad, which normally I would just skip as soon as I can. However this time I watched the entire thing.

I didn’t know why. Something about the lady in the ad just made me want to keep watching, and see what she’s about.

She was talking about a business opportunity, a better lifestyle, a better life. Something on the lines of…

‘Imagine what it would be like if you could work anywhere you like, on your laptop, on your own terms, make a six-figure income, and still have all the time in the world to do all the things that you love?’

Wow…Sounded like a dream, sounded like MY kind of dream.

Sounded almost too good to be true….Or was it?

But if it was possible for someone like her, then maybe it could be possible for me?

Her message sparked interest in me. It gave me a glimpse of hope, in the midst of my desperation. So I clicked the link she shared. Because I HAD to know more.

I had to know if this was real. Or just another unrealistic scam…

The link took me to a series of free videos that explained more about this opportunity, as a means to achieve the ideal lifestyle.

The more I watched, the more hungry I was to know more…

It sounded so attractive…Yet so attainable for the average person like me…

After watching the set of 7 videos, I knew I had a big decision to make… Do I take action and proceed to the next step? Or should I sleep on it?…

Then I looked at my life again, and my job situation…. Everything was telling me that I do not want to stay here… I do not want to stay in this tunnel any longer…

So I took a calculated risk…. I took a leap of faith…. I took the next step forward and signed up to this new business opportunity….

I turned a new leaf, and here I am now, writing this blog for my business….And I’m so excited to see where journey takes me!


Now the question is…..

What about YOU?

Do you desperately want out of your job and your current lifestyle too? 

If my story at all resounds with you…

Then follow me on my journey to this freedom lifestyle and see where this road takes me... And get a glimpse of where it could potentially take you too... :) 

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