Time For A Change? How To Break Up With The 9 to 5 Grind

Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Is it time for a change?

We see thousands of blogs and articles that share the same message about following your dreams and living the life you want. Why is this so hard for want-to-be solopreneurs and entrepreneurs? Where is the instruction manual that tells us how? Let’s look at the big picture and some steps you can take to get started.

Some shocking statistics

71% of people hate what they do and are actively disengaged at work.

Only 2% of our society is financially stable at age 65.

These stats are a clear indicator of why people are choosing to leave their current positions to start a business or pursue a side gig doing what they really love. Getting “unstuck” is starting to become a trend.

Self discovery

I grew up in a military family with strict rules about what we were not suppose to do. We were reprimanded and disciplined if we spoke up, acted out, or tried to be different. After all those years of following the rules I was considered to be a rebel living on the edge when I was in high school. I bucked the system and liked the feeling of being free to explore the open road ahead. My school counselor told me to join the military and become an officer because it was the best way to get an education and make something of myself. This advice was obviously based on my lack of conformity and not my true talents. I love our country and respect my friends and family in the military but this was not a good fit.

The good news is, in business the best way to stand out and capture new customers is to find a way to be different.

Breaking up with the 9 to 5 grind

I have a friend that did everything his parents wanted him to do growing up. He ended up with a good paying job in the accounting department of a large corporation. His parents were proud of him and his accomplishments. There is nothing wrong with listening to your parents and becoming a productive member of society. I asked if he was happy and passionate about his work. He said no, I’m actually trying to find a full-time studio recording gig. He is a gifted vocal artist and plays guitar in a band on the weekends. For years he was conditioned to believe that music is only a hobby and not a career. He finally decided to get serious about his true passion 11 years later. How long have you waited to follow your passion and do what you love?

Discover your top 5 talents

Let’s look at what you can do to find your top five talents and apply them to your business and life. According to the website, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents.

In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment tool.

The theory behind StrengthsFinder is that each adult individual possesses a certain number of fixed universal personal-character attributes, defined by the authors as “talent themes,” which, together, result in an individual’s tendency to develop certain skills more easily and excel in certain fields in a sustainable way while failing or not being able to sustain success or high levels of effectiveness in other fields.

The authors claim that by identifying the individual strength of the members of an organization, its members can be utilized in more suiting positions, hence developing the required skills easily. The same process can be applied to identifying the potential strengths as a solopreneur or entrepreneur. No more pondering, now is the time to use this tool and make a positive change.

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