I often hear people telling me there are things they wish they could do. If only they could start their own business, if only they could leave the job they hate, write the book that’s been inside of them forever.
The most common, and understandable, reason that people give for not following their heart is money. You need money to live, of course, but is that really a barrier to living your dreams? I say no – there are always ways to earn money alongside starting your venture, ways to survive while following your creative passion. Maybe you’re afraid of the social implications of not earning as much as you did previously, but money is just one very small by-product of success. It’s not the be all and end all.
I’m not suggesting that you quit your job and stop paying your rent, or that you jump head first into a financial commitment without a back-up plan, but that you re-think whether the obstacles you put in front of yourself are really obstacles, or excuses. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, so take yourself out of the psychological prison where your daily mantra is “I can’t” and start making things happen for yourself.