Use Your Job As The Means To An End To Following Your Passion
Use Your Job As The Means To An End To Following Your
Are you finding yourself feeling trapped in a career unable to pursue your passions? Do you
resent your job because you feel like it is holding you back? Do you need a plan of action?
I will share with you my current situation to see if you can relate and by the end of this post
answer those questions.
I have spent the last year following my passion of Life and Goal coaching by setting up this
personal development website you are on right now. I also spent a lot of money learning
what I needed to learn, developing my Lifestyle Design Mastery course and making
It is July 2013 and I now face the fact the money is not coming in as planned and now is the
time to decide what I do next. What is to become of wiggmans coaching?
Do I invest even more money and time requiring a business loan or do I find a job that
provides better financial stability and pursue my dream in my spare time.
Let’s not go with the awesome scenario of I get more money and I become very
successful. Let’s answer this question instead:
If you have a dream you are pursuing but it is not financially providing you what you need,
what do you do?
Need Job To Pursue Passion
I give people the guidance to find their passion and then find a way to monetize it all the
time but there has to be a plan of action in place when you are in the transition of doing
When I first started with lululemon athletica I heard a story that Chip Wilson at the very
beginning of starting his company needed to find a job in order to keep funding lululemon. I
couldn’t figure out why anyone one would do that until I understood that a job can be a
career you stay with OR simply a financial means to an end.
If you are using a job as a means to an end here is what I would suggest:
Determine what the bare minimum is you need to make to support your current
financial obligations (family, bills, mortgage, etc.) and keep investing in your passion.
Look at what you can sacrifice in order to give you a bit more financial breathing
room. Yes you may have to stop eating out at McDonalds once a week to make this
happen or have 3 less beers on the weekend.
Now find an industry that is in line with what your passion is and determine if it
provides you the financial gain you need. Don’t discount any opportunity if it provides
the money you need. If you can’t find anything yet, move on to the next point.
If you cannot be in the industry of your passion stay focused on the money you need
knowing the intention of the job you take is to provide you the money you need to
eventually pursue your passion full time.
If the only job you can find is a construction job when your passion is music don’t stress.
Use the money you get from the job to get ahead financially. Honestly the more you can
make at your job the quicker you will get to your goal.
Set a goal of saving the amount you need to survive for at least one year so you can quit
your job and pursue your passion.
This is important: Each morning when you wake up be grateful for having a job to provide
you the money needed to follow your passion. It is not your ideal situation but without that
job you would lose all ability to pursue your passion.
Change Your Mindset
The most important part of all this is that you feel great about your job choice. If you
choose a job that has nothing to with your passion but it provides you the financial ability to
pursue your passion after hours then you have a win-win situation.
Don’t stress anymore about your current job not being your first passion. You now realize
that the purpose of the job is to provide you money for your passion. Once you reframe
how you look at your current employment you will have a renewed sense of motivation to
wake up and do what you were doing.
In hindsight I wished I had figured this out sooner. At my career as a manager at lululemon I
started worrying more about the decisions that were being made at head office instead of
purely focusing on my passion within my career which was the coaching.
If I had woke up each day focused on coaching my team to a higher level of personal
performance instead of thinking about what I was going to have to deal with from some guy
in some office that day I could have transitioned from career to passion supporting job to
quitting for my passion.
Even if you hate your job pause for a moment and reflect on what it provides you in life.
Then get to creating a plan to find one that provides you what you need AND love to do.
The Means To An End
Our jobs and careers are meant to fill certain purposes based on the stage of life we are
in. As long as you maintain control over your choice you are on the right path.
If you turn around one day and feel trapped by the steady paycheck you know it is time to
reassess why you are doing what you do.
I can’t recall where I read this story but it was about a business man that wanted to open
up a pie shop. He took a job at the local pie place working in the back and the owner was
so impressed with his work ethic he wanted him to move to cashier.
Now the business man knew he wasn’t there to do anything more than learn how the
business worked from the backend. He knew being a cashier would mean he wouldn’t be
learning what he needed to know to make his decision. It was his means to an end to see if
he wanted to own his own pie shop so he turned down the promotion. I am sure the owner
was confused but the businessman knew the purpose of the job was to teach him what he
needed to know to own his own business.
When you are in high school or even college the same principles apply. Find a job that
fulfills your needs of saving for college or paying for college.
I always wondered how people could have 16 jobs by the time when they were in their mid-
twenties. At first I thought it was a bad thing to have so many jobs but soon realized they
were simply using those jobs to discover what they truly wanted to do in life. And getting
paid to do it.
Never stop looking for that job that will bring you closer to your passion with the right
financial conditions. But don’t beat yourself up every day for choosing to take the job you
did. Keep moving forward.
For every extra hour that you can add to your passion paid is one less hour you will want to
be working for someone else whenever possible. You may find that eventually you can cut
back to part time in your job, then casual and then give your notice.
I always reflect back on a piece of advice I read about trying to rank my site in Google.
The guy said that if you couldn’t afford proper SEO for your website go find a job that
would allow you to. Once your site starts making the money you need dump the job.
I promise you that you will find your passion and a way to monetize it someday. Just keep
in mind that you job is a means to an end when pursuing your passion. Be the best
employee you can be while you do it but always keep in mind the real purpose you are
Take Action Request:
If you have been beating yourself up over choosing a full time job instead of your passion
put your mind at ease. Look at your job as what it is: a means to an end to support your
passion. Then start setting goals(link to book) to get out of there as soon as possible.
Your Life Your Choice Your Design
P.S. – I always recommend finding a headhunter or recruiter to do the work for you to find a
job that coincides with your passion. They are the experts and can save you a lot of time
and find you a dream job you would have never been able to find on your own.
“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t
found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll
know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
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