I’m going to pursue my dream career as soon as I have these school loans paid off.
I’ll really focus on my career once we buy a house and start building equity rather than throwing money away on rent.
I’ll chase my dream once the kids are in school and we don’t have to pay for daycare.
Maybe I’ll retire early when the kids finish college and start a second career in my real passion.
This fact pattern plays out over and over. People keep putting off doing what they really want to do because they are waiting for the perfect time to pull the trigger on a major change. But then before they know it life has passed them by and their chance to make the kind of life they really want is gone.
Don’t let that be you. Don’t wait to pursue the career you truly feel passionate about. The time will never be perfect. It will always feel like there are too many bills and too little time. That is just how life is. Take some life advice from an old sneaker commercial and Just Do It.
Now I’ not saying to be irresponsible. I don’t want someone to quite their job tomorrow and join clown college because I said to chase your dreams. The dreams I’m talking about are the kind that make professional sense. If you are currently an engineering project manager for a car company, but you’ve always wanted to be a professional volleyball player, well, then maybe you should look into an adult club you can join rather than quitting your job and trying to make the professional circuit.
But, if you have a passion for space and astronomy then maybe it is time to start taking the necessary steps to move your engineering career from cars to NASA. That is a huge and intimidating step to take if you have a solid career going in the automotive industry. However, if your passion lies elsewhere this is the kind of gamble that makes sense to take. That is the kind of dream career we’re talking about.
There will never be a perfect time to make the jump, but if you are prepared, do your homework, and play it smart, you can do it. For instance, if your passion is to be a novelist, you don’t need to quit your job, you just need to reorganize your life around that goal. Make the commitment to stop watching The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones and instead spend a few hours each night working on your book.
Pursue your dream, but be smart about it.