***Want to know how to quit the 9-5 grind and follow your dreams? Join the Launch Team of my book ‘Escape The Cubicle’ here***
I came across this article about the best books every creative must read.
These are a great list of books which I am also reading, but there is one line that particularly stuck out for me regarding Austin Kleon’s book where he says ‘Write the book you want to read’.
This is because this is the exact reason why I wrote the book I’m currently writing ”Escape The Cubicle”.
I felt like I was stuck in jobs I didn’t enjoy, bounded by the generous pay cheques that I got at the end of the month.
I didn’t enjoy the work; I didn’t feel like I made an impact
I didn’t feel like I was using my brain or my talents to the max.
I wanted to find work I was passionate about. I wanted to know what my purpose was.
And so I turned to the only advisor I knew: Google.
And during one lunch break while at the day job I googled ”how to find my passion” and ”how to find work I love”, and ”how to find my purpose”.
The search engine came up with a plethora of articles about how to turn your passion into an income and how to monetise it.
But I wasn’t at that stage yet. I didn’t know what I was passionate about. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I didn’t want to continue doing what I was doing.
I was utterly lost. I didn’t know how to get from where I was to where I wanted to be.
I knew where I wanted to be (out of a soul-sucking boring job) to do work that inspired and lighted me up. But the HOW of it was troubling me.
I didn’t know where to start. All I saw were blocks and limitations. My head was full of questions like:
- You’re too old to change career (!!!….really?? I was only 25 when I started to feel I no longer wanted to be in the corporate world!!)
- It’s too late to change directions!
- You have too many financial obligations to quit the job
- You don’t even know what you like to do so you may as well stick to the job you hate
And the last one was the most troubling point for me. I had forgotten what it was that I liked to do.
Powerpoint and spreadsheets had taken over my life, and that was all I knew.
But I also realised that just because that was all I knew, it didn’t mean that was all I was confined too.
I could always learn new things. I could spend time discovering what it was I liked doing instead. I could start over again.
The only trade-off was that I would have to devote time to this activity.
Ina way, I felt like I was getting to know myself again after all these years of pretending to like my job, of pretending to like the life I had created.
And that is how I came to write my book.
I wrote a book that I wished had existed when I was looking to escape my corporate job. I needed a book to tell me that it was OK to admit that I no longer liked the life I had created.
- I needed a book to show me how I could take baby steps in the direction I wanted to move in.
- I needed a book that told me that financial success was not the only measure of success.
- I needed to read a book that showed me how other people had changed directions in their lives.
- I wanted to read a book that said it was OK to change directions.
- Instead, I had to go through real life painful experiences that taught me some of these tough lessons.
So if you are thinking about writing a book, write the book you want to read.
Autin Kleon also goes onto to say that you should NOT wait until you know who you are to write your book.
Too often we are convinced that we are not good enough to do what we want. But why do we have such a negative mindset towards ourselves?
I don’t think there is any other animal on this planet that puts itself down as much we put ourselves down!
As a coach, the number one thing we work with is sorting out the mindset. And this is something I continue to work and struggle with every day.
I took a leap of faith to quit the corporate work and left behind a 6 figure income I had created off the back of a successful consultancy I ran.
But I was miserable, and no amount of money justified the misery I was going through. So I took the decision to honour my dreams.
Time is short and time is fickle.
Yesterday has already disappeared into the ether and tomorrow will come and also disappear. The only things that remain are your mindset and the thoughts you tell yourself.
And today I tell myself:
Sukhi, I’m damn proud of the decision you took. It was brave to walk away from security to pursue your dreams. Because not everyone has the courage to do so.
So if you are thinking about taking that leap to pursue your dreams, to write that book, or to go for that new role. Do it.
My book shows you a step by step guide as to how I moved from where I was to where I wanted to be.
You can download your free chapter here of ‘Escape The Cubicle’. When you sign up you also get exclusive freebies and be a part of the VIP Launch Team.