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The Artist and Musician’s Guide to Quitting Your Day Job

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Go for what you really want in life, and settle for nothing less!

The main purpose of this book is to inspire you to stop making excuses and finally start taking steps towards CREATING your own personal dream life.

 I did the 9 to 5 thing for years.  I was a mechanical engineer at a mid-sized company, and I was making pretty good money.  I had full benefits, 4 weeks of vacation per year, and received generous bonuses twice per year.  The office life just wasn’t for me though, nor was any other sort of “9 to 5” life for that matter.  It just never felt right to me spending all of my time doing something that I really didn’t enjoy.  I didn’t like getting up at the crack of dawn every day.  I didn’t like having a “boss” telling me what I could and couldn’t do, when I was allowed to go on vacation, how I should dress, etc. I also didn’t like letting my creativity fall by the wayside due to the fact that all of my time was occupied doing something that I really did not enjoy.  My job paid well, but it was really just a matter of going through the motions every day and every week as I waited in anticipation for the weekend to come.  Of course, the weekends always flew by in the blink of an eye, and I was right back at it come Monday morning.  Ugh…I hated it!

I spent my entire life following the “9 to 5 plan” as I was told that I should do.  I went to school and had several part time jobs until I was 23 years old, operating under the same “9 to 5 hours” as every one else.  After I completed school, I continued to just mindlessly do what I was told that I was supposed to be doing.  After I completed school and began supporting myself, I let an additional 7 years of my life pass me by sitting in an office, doing something that I had absolutely no interest in whatsoever; I did it all in exchange for a weekly paycheck.

I thought that I may be able to find something better if I just put the time into actually seeking out a job that was at least somewhat more interesting to me than what I was doing.  However, I had absolutely no motivation to seek out another mundane 9 to 5 job.  I knew that there were certain things that I enjoyed doing in life such as playing music, training martial arts, writing, etc., but I also knew that I was an adult with bills to pay.  Therefore, I needed to work some sort of full-time job in order to make a living.  I also figured that in order to make enough money to pay my bills, that I needed to accept the fact that I would just have to “suck it up” and go to some sort of uninspiring job every day.  I just accepted the fact that I had no other options, because I knew no other way.  I mean, how many people actually enjoy what they do for a living? That’s not the way that we were raised.  We were raised to believe that in order to be a productive member of society, you must work for a living.  Work is not fun, but it is a necessary fact of life.

It wasn’t until I turned 30 years old that I made the decision to leave that lifestyle.  My last day as an “employee” was May 15th, 2012.  I will never EVER go back to being an employee ever again! I realized that if I didn’t leave NOW, than I would forever fall victim to the “someday” syndrome.  However, I also understood that “someday” would never come, and even if it did come, why should I wait until some arbitrary date in the distant future to actually do what I wanted to do with my life?   I didn’t want to just “settle” for another uninspiring job.  I didn’t want to allow “making good money” to override my true desires.  I wanted to live my life EXACTLY as I wanted to, and I wanted to do it NOW!

My “dream life” was to have no job at all.  Just the mere idea of “self-employment” was something that I fantasized about every single day but never thought was possible.  My “fantasy dream life” went something like this:

I wanted to live a life in which I made my own rules, set my own hours and was my own boss.  I wanted to wake up every single day and decide what I wanted to do based on inspiration.  If I felt like playing piano for 4 hours straight, than I would do so.  If I felt like working on a new passive-income project such as writing a new book or creating a video series, than I would do so.  If I felt like relaxing and spending the day with my friends or girlfriend, than I would do so.  If I felt like going out of town for a few days for whatever reason, than I would do so without needing to ask anyone for permission. My days would be purely dictated by whatever I felt driven to do.  The only thing that I ever really wanted to do that I would even remotely consider to be “a job” was to play live gigs with my band.

How could I ever do such a thing though? I was already 7 years into my “career”, and I had a mortgage to pay.  Based on my lifestyle, I needed to make a minimum amount of money every month.  How in the world would I ever be able to live my dream life?

Well I just did it; that’s how!  I simply just left my job without having another one lined up.  After giving my boss my final one-month’s notice and finishing out my last month as an employee, I woke up the next day a free man.  It was one of the greatest and most relieving feelings that I’ve ever felt.  It was one of the best decisions that I ever made in my life!

Sure there was some planning involved, but the biggest step was just simply going for it.  The purpose of this book is to get you to do the same exact thing.  I want to inspire you, through my own experience, to just walk away from what you’re doing now (assuming you’re unhappy) and to go for what you TRULY want to do.  I don’t want to you settle for anything less than what you REALLY want to do.  I don’t want you to simply find another good-paying job that you can merely tolerate.  I want you to GO FOR WHAT YOU REALLY WANT, and I want you to do it NOW!

I am now living my “dream life”.  Surprisingly, it was actually much easier to do than I ever would have expected.  I never thought that it would be possible to become my own boss, not having to actually work a “real job” and still afford to pay my bills each month; it was though.  It was very possible.  I now do what I want, when I want, and I have all the time in the world to focus on my true passion in life which is playing music.  I play live gigs with my band a few times per week now.  After a gig I usually don’t get home until AT LEAST 3 am in the morning, and it’s very relieving not having to worry about having a dreaded full-time job to go to when I wake up.

I was sick of having to keep my true passions as just side-hobbies.  This became especially apparent to me as my band began to pick up more and more gigs and we started to grow bigger; my full-time job was really getting in the way of what I really wanted to be doing with my life.  I knew that it would be a somewhat risky move to take the chance of leaving my job, but I decided that since life only happens once, I was going to follow my true desires and do it anyway.  I knew that I couldn’t rely on just my band to pay my all of my bills either, and therefore I needed to figure out how I was going to be able to still earn enough monthly income to be able to pay my bills.  I didn’t know exactly how I was going to achieve this seemingly difficult task, but I decided that it would be better to GO FOR IT and adapt to any and all obstacles that I would face along the way, than to never take the chance at all.

Leaving behind the perks of having a well-paying, full-time job was not the hard part.  The hard part was being willing to try something completely new and unfamiliar; the hardest part was just taking the chance, and actually going for what I truly wanted.  It wasn’t money I was after; it was a great living experience that I sought.

Well, I took that shot, and I’ve never been happier.   None of the problems that I worried that I would face ever actually occurred.  In fact, my life really didn’t change much at all.  I now live my life pretty much the same way as I did before….just without having to spend the majority of my time at some uninspiring job.

I now spend my days working on my websites, making instructional guitar videos, rehearsing music, practicing piano, training martial arts, fixing up my house, working on my creative passive income generating projects, etc… Other times, if I don’t feel like “working” I just don’t.  Sometimes I just give myself a vacation if I feel like it, and I’ll leave town for a few days.  It’s completely up to me because I am now my own boss.  I play live gigs with my band a few nights per week, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a weeknight or a weekend.  I don’t have to worry about waking up the next day at the crack of dawn!

Living a life like this really isn’t as hard as you may think.  I just requires a bit of “non-mainstream” thinking.  I lay out exactly how I did it, and I explain just how possible it is for anyone else to do it as well in the book.  Check it out, and feel free to contact me about anything!

In this 85-page eBook (in .pdf format) you will find:

– My story
– Other peoples’ real life “anti rat race” success stories
– How to turn your passions into your business
– What it really means to be “self-employed”
– Cost-cutting tips in order to make your dream life that much more feasible
– Challenges against the typical sociological constructs such as benefits, retirement, job security, etc.
– Risk assessments

….and many other “non 9 to 5” ways of thinking

The ultimate goal of this book is to get you to believe that you can live your dream lifestyle if you choose to do so.  You just have to simply make a plan and execute it.  I did it, and so can anybody else.

 

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