I’m under the impression that I’m living a double life right now…
Since the month of May, I’ve started to feel the weight of my project becoming heavier on my shoulders. I’ve always been the type of guy who’s all-in for everything I do. I don’t really see any other way of making things happen. I either crush my goals or don’t do anything. I have a hard time playing in the gray zone where you do things but you are not fully invested in them.
This is exactly what is happening with my life right now.
My Life by Day is Crushing my Expectations
Over the past three years, I’ve worked on building a book of clients at my day job. It was very hard to start from scratch but now, the wheel is spinning and I don’t have to do anything to make it roll faster. My bonus might be even bigger than last year (which was my second best bonus in 13 years working). This is a very good thing as it will probably be my last one!
The only problem I see with that is I am gratified for the work I do and feel good about it. Since I’m a results driven individual, my mind tends to give more importance to things I do with success. Therefore, the more I perform at work, the more time and energy is required there and the less is used toward my RV project.
On the other hand, it gives me a great opportunity to settle my plan C when I come back from my trip. Since I’m pretty rational with all my decisions, I’ve setup three scenarios when I arrive home:
Plan A: My sites are booming and I don’t have to go back to work anymore.
Plan B: My sites are doing okay, and I can come back into the same industry but self-employed to make more money.
Plan C: I’m totally broke and I have to go back to my previous job and start all over again.
Chances are that plans C will never happen, but at least, I’m now fully secured that my employer will want me back badly since I’m outperforming most of my peers.
My Life by Night Requires More than Expected
As you know, once I put my suit away in the walk-in closet, I transform myself into either a geek in his basement working on his websites or either as a coach managing a competitive U10 soccer team. Now, since my day job is rolling, it requires some evening work for my day job instead of blogging.
Competitive soccer requires me to drive outside our city to play games and tournaments. When I arrive home, I’m not exactly in the mood to work until 1am…
Finally, the things we want to achieve with our websites are numerous. We recently started to create stock cards for our membership website. It is a great idea and the members love them, but it requires additional time once again.
Here’s the Lesson I’ve Learned from all this
Having dreams is the most important thing in life. It doesn’t really matter what your dreams are. They can be incredible or super simple, as long as you think about them at night and are eager to achieve them when you awake each morning.
Unfortunately, if you want to achieve your dreams; the road to your dreams is a hard path to follow. Making efforts for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months is relatively easy, but changing your whole lifestyle toward achieving your goals is much harder. This is what I’m experiencing right now. For another 11 months, I’ll have to play with a double life where I’m a good employee by day and a hard working entrepreneur by night.
But the reward is better than the sacrifice. Jason from Dividend Mantra is a great source of inspiration. For many years, he worked on changing his lifestyle to reach financial freedom. Today, he works on his own terms and he is not dependent on anyone. This wasn’t easy and it didn’t happen overnight, but he made it.
Pat from Smart Passive Income is also another of my inspirations. I’ve met Pat a few times and what amazed me was his ability to focus on his projects. He works hard until what he shows is almost perfect.
Don’t quit… just yet
The second lesson I learned is to never quit. Set your goals, write down a plan to achieve them and then, never quit. Following the plan is the only thing that matters. As long as I follow the plan, I don’t second guess my decisions and I keep going forward.
All I want to tell you this morning is that you should never quit on your dreams. Even when it seems very tough, it’s only for a short period of time. One day, I really want to be like one of those guys, this project is not starting tomorrow, it is already started…