When Should You Follow Your Passion : Now or Later?

This afternoon, I decided to take a break from writing my books and have a cigar while I reflect over the past week. This week has been really productive, I’ve published 3 books on Amazon and I’m really happy about it. I love writing and doing what I’m currently doing which is focusing on my books and publishing empire. However, there is an age old debate that made me realise something very important.

The age old debate of whether you should wait till later in life to chase after your dreams or chase after them now. What many people do is they work 9-5, make money, pay the bills and tell themselves that one day, when they have enough money to retire, then they will pursue the thing they really loved to do. This could mean they start pursuing their dreams at age 65.

So why do people pursue their dreams when they retire? The common reasons are they they are now stable financially. House is paid off, debts are paid off, they have a lump sum of cash in the bank and kids have left home.

After careful reflection, I realised that this type of thinking is a deadly trap.

Here’s why.

When you wait till your 65 to start a business, yes you may have the financial backing and stability, however at that age, you’re now old and tired. You don’t have as much energy compared to when you were in your 20s, 30s, 40s etc. Yes you can still become successful, Cornel Sanders started KFC in his 60s. However he had to be smart about it and sell the recipe and earn royalties because he doesn’t have the energy to run a company.

At that age, you’re tired, try starting a company from scratch and run it all. You can’t do it and don’t have the energy to make it successful compared to the younger crowd. Your choices are now limited to doing what you love that doesn’t require too much energy.

Yes you may have the cash but you may lose it all due to lack of energy. So why not start your business NOW while you have the energy. You’ll make a ton of mistakes but that’s good because you learn this early on in life that apply the lessons later. Instead of starting your business at age 65 and picking up new mistakes, you could of started it much earlier and learnt all those mistakes.

Waiting till later on in life to pursue your dream is a mistake. Time plays a HUGE factor in success. They say that it takes around 7 years for something to become successful. Therefore if you start at age 65, with your cash, you have one shot at becoming successful and if you do, you’ll become successful at age 73 and spend your 70s being free.

Imagine being in your 70s and travelling the world, you are now successful but you’re tired and can’t enjoy it as much.

I know I sound really melodramatic but this is the harsh truth that we must face. Only by facing this harsh truth, we can make changes NOW.

So what if you have a full time job to pay the bills and want to pursue your passion? Then the only thing you can do right now is to work 9-5, go home, eat dinner and rest then start working on your passion from 7-2am. That’s it. Keep doing this until your side passion becomes your full time passion.

Keep in mind that this is all you have. 7pm-2am. It’s what you do during that time that counts.

What if you have friends, appointments and other things during that time.

Well you have to prioritise whether you really want to live your dream life or not.

As soon as you have a purpose, your value of time goes higher. If you know you have only 3 hours in a day to work on your dream, then are you going to watch a movie you’ve already watched? Are you going to hang out with friends and chat about the news?

You have to make a sacrifice in order to achieve your dream.

I’ve made huge sacrifices in the past. When I first arrived to Sydney and didn’t know anyone, I kept it that way. I didn’t want to find new friends who I would join and go out to parties. I knew that would take a huge chunk of time and money from my life when I could of focused on building my dreams.

I’ve lost close friends and had bad relationships in the past due to building my dreams. You simply can’t get it all right when you’re committed to achieving your dreams.

Do what you love and you’ll find ways to monetise it. If you don’t find ways of monetising it, it doesn’t really matter because you would have spent your entire life doing something you absolutely loved to do. If you do find ways to monetise it, congratulations, it’s a bonus. There is no happiness in the fancy cars or the flashy house. There is happiness in doing what you love to do and having the freedom to do it. That is absolutely priceless.

I’ve worked in corporate earning a very high salary. I could of bought as many iPhones as I wanted. I did buy the latest iPhone in cash. I was happy for one day. Then I continued to be miserable working everyday in that job.

So my message to you is this. If you’re thinking about starting that business or pursuing your passion, DO IT NOW. If you must, DO IT ON THE SIDE.

Keep doing it, over and over again until you become successful. Never wait till later when you no longer have the energy. Be Committed. Be ruthless. Be determined and ALWAYS PURSUE YOUR DREAMS AND DO WHAT YOU LOVE. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Stay Strong and Always Be Relentless.

Khoa Bui

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Author: Khoa Bui

Khoa Bui is an author, trainer and chief editor of YouBeRelentless. He enjoys reading books on self development, success, productivity, money, relationships and leadership. When he's not writing, he likes to enjoy a glass of red wine with a fine cuban cigar while watching the entire season of Entourage. You can check out Khoa's work at www.khoa-bui.com.

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