5 Things You Could Do to Drastically Upgrade Your Current Work Situation


You’ve followed the script.

Go to school, get good grades, get into college, study hard, maintain a good GPA, get an internship and then a job that pays you enough to live your life a little bit.

Now, you wake up wishing you had another hour to sleep. You guzzle down coffee and get to work. You aren’t thrilled about your day to day tasks, but hey, it pays the bills and it’s what normal people do.

Take A Look At Your Current Situation

When you’re striving for balance, it can mean you are working on two or more things that are on far extremes. Instead of aiming for balance, aim for integration.

According to author Beat Bühlmann, work/life balance assumes that a good life requires a careful balance between these two worlds; as if what you do for a living is something totally separate from just, living. — Neal Cavanaugh

I know that “finding your passion” is an outdated, cliche thing to say, but wouldn’t it be nice if you woke up every day passionate about what you are doing for yourself and the world around you.

Duh.

What if there was hardly a seam between what you do as a passion and what pays your bills?

You’d be happy.

So why not create that for yourself? I promise you can. You don’t have to know how, when, or where, but you do have to start.

So, instead of aiming for balance, aim for integration. Fuse work and life together in a way that makes your heart sing.

This is step one.

Take a look at your current situation. If you can’t fathom integrating ‘different parts’ of your life, then reevaluate your current situation and seriously consider doing one of the following.


[1] Make a Top 20 List

There are many benefits to simply making a list and getting after it consistently until something inevitably happens.

The main reason people fail is because they stop doing whatever that thing is. Take for example a list of 20 jobs you’d love to work for.

If you get creative about getting in front of the right person with the right message, eventually something will click for you.

I have a few ideas for you…

Top 20 Companies

Example to make your eyes happy
  • Make a list of 20 companies you would love to work for
  • Do extensive research on each one
  • Search their website, LinkedIn and any other sources for that one person you need to get in front of
  • Craft your pitch — why you are the perfect fit for the job and you can make a difference. Stand out!
  • Reach out to each contact(s) creatively — send them a high-quality video, send them a handwritten letter, send them an inside joke, send them a better version of something they did. Improve their life in some way and introduce yourself. Do all the above until they definitively say “no,” then you can move on.

Top 20 Mentors

Get a mentor and drastically change any aspect [or all aspects] of your life. Find someone who has done what you want to do successfully and learn from them.

Most great mentors charge for their time, rightly so. But, if you are creative, you may be able to exchange your time or skills for their knowledge.

  • Make a list of 20 people you would love to have as mentors
  • Do extensive research on each one
  • Search their website, socials, and any other sources for personal information so you can connect with them creatively.
  • Provide them with as much value as possible without asking for anything in return.
  • If they pay you no mind, do it again, but differently.
  • Keep providing value and staying in contact until they say “no,” then you can move on.

Top 20 Thought leaders

There are tons of thought leaders nowadays that need help growing their brand. Many times, you will learn more working in a small, messy work environment that a large, organized one.

Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success. Over time, they create a dedicated group of friends, fans and followers to help them replicate and scale their ideas into sustainable change not just in one company but in an industry, niche or across an entire ecosystem. — thoughtleadershiplab.com

  • Make a list of 20 though leaders within niches that align with you
  • Do extensive research on each one
  • Search their website, socials, and any other sources for personal information so you can connect with them creatively.
  • Provide them with as much value as possible without asking for anything in return.
  • If they pay you no mind, do it again, but differently.
  • Keep providing value and staying in contact until they say “no,” then you can move on.

Top 20 Ideas

These could be business ideas, inventions, apps, or just life ideas [ie. sell everything and travel for 6 months while searching for myself.]

  • Come up with 20 ideas to drastically upgrade your current situation.
  • Sit with them for a week, look at them every day and start crossing them off until you’re down to your top 3.
  • Write out a quick pros and cons list to each of the three.
  • Write down the absolute worst things that could happen if you moved forward with each one.
  • Write down the absolute best thing that could feasibly happen if you moved forward with each one.
  • Ponder or meditate on it.
  • Pick the last one standing and take action.

You could also kick things up a notch by writing down 10 ideas per day in a journal in order to exercise your idea muscle. This not only makes you better at coming up with ideas but also helps you think quicker and more creatively.

It’s said that 1 in 1,000 ideas is a million-dollar idea.


[2] Double Down on A Freelancing Skill

You are a unique combination of accumulated experiences, skills, passions, talents, perspectives and energy. Your skills, although unlikely to be very unique, are immensely unique when combined with all these other components.

Find your sweet spot [Where your skills, passions, and purpose collide to create your unique genius that must be shared with the world] and build something around it.

The worst thing you can say to yourself is:

Why would I become a ___________? There are so many of them out there. It’s a saturated market.

I would argue that every market and industry is saturated. There are 8 billion people on this planet! But, not a single one of them has your unique combination of skills an experiences.

Seriously. I would bet there are at least 100,000 people out there that are waiting for you to find your sweet spot and build something that will help them.

Don’t worry about the millions, worry about helping the very first person. Then use that momentum to help 5 more people. Continue on to 25, 50,100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 and so on.

Discover Your Skill

We all have skills. But, when we find the things in life that bring us joy, we build powerful skills around that without thinking twice.

So how do we find the one or two skills we should double down on?

  • What are the first couple of skills that come to mind?
  • What do people come to you for?
  • What skills have you been doing for the longest?
  • What is your favorite skill?
  • What skill do you naturally want to continue to learn about?
  • What does your gut say?

Answering all these questions will start to hone down your skills until you have at one that you could utilize to generate a side income or full-time income.

The next step is learning how to turn that skill into a business and making it profitable.

Steps to Becoming a Successful Freelancer

  1. Find your skill. Keep it specific and try not to add too many skills around it at first.
  2. Find 3 Podcasts that dive deep into that skill and how to build a business around it. An option here to seek out courses, blogs, mentors, or YouTube channels that do the same.
  3. Immerse yourself in learning about it for no more than 2 weeks while simultaneously putting together your plan of action with due dates.
  4. Take action and don’t stop. Build up momentum no matter what challenges are inevitably thrown your way. Things will be slow at first. Focus on the day to day and the rest will eventually follow.
  5. If you get stuck, do something different. For example, if you are becoming a website designer, but can’t get any clients, try something new. Go to a conference and exchange info with 10 people. Get on google and start searching niche sites that need help. Reach out to your existing network. Go after someone with a large network. Try LinkedIn marketing [both paid and organic content], you can hire a team to connect only with your target market and then generate content speaking directly to them. Get creative, through consistency something will pop.
  6. Once you have a steady influx of work, time to scale into a business. Outsource what you can so you can free up your time to bring in new business. Add products and services accordingly.
  7. Give it time, be patient.

[3] Start a Side Business

Although the line between freelancer and business owner is getting more blurred as time goes on, I’ve decided to treat these two as completely separate animals. Many times, freelancers will transform into business owners over time. I always recommend doing some freelancing first to make sure it’s your sweet spot. Then, if it’s appropriate, you may choose to build that into a business.

Four years ago, a voice in my head started talking to me. To this day it hasn’t stopped, but it has evolved. It was saying something like…

This can’t be it. I went to school, got a job, changed jobs twice, and have not been happy with any of them. I do the same thing every day and feel like I am not living the life I was born to live. There must be more.

It then evolved into…

Why are you still here? There is a huge world of infinite opportunity. Get out there.

Then to…

Where can you make the biggest impact?

Like many of us in today’s world, I was daydreaming of becoming a happy, self-employed entrepreneur who made an impact in the world.

Crazy millennials…

I went through all the phases.

  • Phase 1. Realizing I was unhappy.
  • Phase 2. Thinking there are other options out there, but not for me.
  • Phase 3. Realizing I could literally do anything and the world is made of people no smarter than me.
  • Phase 4. Trying things and failing.
  • Phase 5. Getting frustrated with a lack of traction [long phase].
  • Phase 6. Almost giving up on it all before my whole world changes.
  • Phase 7. Moving all aspects of my life to a thriving environment.
  • Phase 8. Becoming Self-employed.
  • Phase 9. Growth. Experience. Lessons. Failures. Wins. All the above.
  • Phase 10. Here I am, continuing through unknown phases. It’s lovely.

Time will tell what the next phases will be. But, I am self-employed and know what my current sweet spot in life is. I am building around it and making an impact. I am happier than ever and grateful I took action back then.

Looking back, I realize it simply a mindset shift that got me here. But, it took many lessons and failures to realize that.

Why you should start a business

When you think about starting a business, you probably have one or many of these thought pop into your head:

  • Everyone is doing that, why would I?
  • Entrepreneurship is a fad?
  • I’m too late.
  • I would, but I don’t know where to start.
  • I would, but I don’t have the skills.
  • Every market is saturated, how would I stand out?
  • Today’s world is overwhelming, fuck that, I’ll stick with my 9–5 job.
  • Too risky.
  • I’ve tried, but it wasn’t for me.
  • Yeah right.

I get it. But we live in a time where building a thriving business has never been more accessible.

The internet has completely revolutionized how we connect with each other and information. It’s all at our fingertips.

There’s an unlimited number of problems to solve in this world. Find the one that falls within your sweet spot and go after it on the side.

This doesn’t have to require working 16 hours a day. You can leverage tools that allow you to work only 1–4 hours per day. Just read the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss if you don’t believe me.

The Conscious Business Cycle

Use the Conscious Business Cycle and keep things simple.

  • Solidify your mind.
  • Find your sweet spot.
  • Find a problem people face that aligns with your sweet spot.
  • Tackle that problem and package it up for your market.
  • Present it to a test market and get feedback.
  • Validate or not.
  • Create or go back to the drawing board.
  • Market it. Test. Fail. Tweak. Change.
  • Profit = impact.
  • Scale to the moon.

In today’s automated world, this process can likely be done in a matter of weeks where it used to take years to bring a product to market.

Obviously starting a business or being an entrepreneur is not for everyone. We are all wired differently, have different missions, and different sweet spots in life. But of course, if you feel it in your gut [intuition] you better at least give it a shot.


[4] Quit Your Job + Travel

If you’ve never really traveled the world, travel. Don’t make excuses about money or time, just make it happen this year.

This portion of the article is inspired by Shoshanna Delventhal who has far more experience in this realm. Many of these words are hers.

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

I think everyone should travel as it teaches you so much about yourself and the world. It can completely change your perspective on the world and is typically a catalyst for people to start doing what they were born to do.

The biggest reason people don’t travel is money and time. But, there are a plethora of resources out there that are making those reasons obsolete.

When my bank account reached five figures for the first time in my life, I was somewhere in India or Bali, living a life I once dreamt up in a small, stuffy cubicle, amid the chaos of midtown Manhattan. — Shoshanna

Time To Get Creative

It’s not always easy to take off 2 weeks to a month to travel to another country(s). But we can always get creative.


[5] Become An INtrepreneur

I recently read the book ‘eACAPE’ by Anik Singal — The 4 Stages of Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur, which introduced the word ‘Intrepreneur’ to me in great detail.

Here are some quotes about what Intrepreneurship is as well as some from the book.

An intrepreneur is similar to an entrepreneur — someone who takes ideas and runs with them — except that he or she does this while working within an existing company. — Barbara Morris-Blake

An intrapreneur is an employee who is given the authority and support to create a new product without having to be concerned about whether or not the product will actually become a source of revenue for the company. Unlike an entrepreneur, who faces personal risk when a product fails to produce revenue, an intrepreneur will continue to receive a salary even if the product fails to make it to production. — Margaret Rouse

Well, it’s simple. We’re attracted to the idea of a perfect plan because waiting for the perfect plan provides us with the best justification for not taking action. We use the desire for the plan to hide what’s really going on behind the scenes.  — Anik Singal

Discovered a problem or opportunity Created and innovated Led a team of people Solved a problem Created immense value  — Anik Singal

As an intrepreneur, you find problems that may fall outside of your scope. You think creatively and collaborate in order to solve them. You come up with ideas just like an entrepreneur would. This is one way to guarantee your growth as an individual and as part of the company.


Summary

Tap into your intuition right now.

It’s a superpower that we often ignore. Ask yourself why you work where you work and do what you do. Does is expand your soul or contract it.

Ignore the influx of small answers like…

  • It pays the bills
  • It’s just temporary
  • It a great job
  • What else would I do
  • It has great perks
  • The location is perfect

I understand these are all variables, but when it comes to your soul, intuition will give you a clear answer.

Does it expand you or contract you?

When you get your answer, what is the next step? Not the whole plan. Simply the very next small step.

If you are unhappy at work or know your soul needs a change, I would love to talk.

Schedule a time to talk with me here.

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