I def. However, nowadays many times, as I have encountered it, it is not about having a luxurious apartment, it is about losing the basics food and just a bed to sleep in.
It will pay the rent and bring the bread on your table. Then, as an aside, do what you love. If your hobby or part time work brings you additional dough, that is great. If your part time job hits a jackpot, then you can say goodbye to your day job. To grow a business or to make enough doing what you love, it takes time and lot of work. That is when most people give up thier business or run into rent arrears or sink into debt…and wish they had their day job back. I love the article and I think the sentiment is great. However, i have to agree with some of the previous commenters.
What you are saying is inspiring and exciting but not particularly applicable to real life. In this day and age, unless you are child free and under 25, being able to exercise your creative gift typically fits into life as either a hobby or second job. With perseverance, many extra hours and a little luck that passion may translate into a full time job that also pays the bills — and I hope that all of us that try for that will succeed. Hopefully we can avoid the experience where our calling transforms into a daily grind. My job pays my bills and my art and family make it worth while.
For me, that meant two years of planning and action before I was able to ditch my stressful, emptying corporate job. The key in my view is to take consistent, imperfect action, and do not stop no matter what. The problem is that the yardstick used — to measure the difference between an Easy Life and an Awesome One — assumes that financial certainty is the goal. However, the glass half-full perspective is different.
Being courageously creative should mean that producing or giving is the goal — and financial certainty is merely the means to produce or give more. Having a day job that pays the bills, even if it makes me miserable, provides me with what I need to be ABLE to do the work I want on the side—AND it keeps me motivated knowing that if I work hard on these side projects and build up my business, I will be able to leave my day job behind to pursue great work.
I love James and I think he has a lot of good ideas, but when the risk is too great sometimes it IS better to play it safe. Kids who grew up poor and managed to do well enough to get themselves out of poverty are not going to go throw it all away. Outside the unstoppable forces, we really can shape our own sense of happiness keeping in mind that the context for each individual may vary.
We do not have the power to choose how our ideal lives play out. However, we do have the power to be proactive on the choices that will ultimately lead us to a happier sense of being. I am astonished by these comments in two ways.
First the readers here assume that I have some piles of cash stacked away in my castle and I am out of touch with the way things work. This is completely not true.
I have a son in college and another child on the way. I am living the life I rally for every day. Second, and the most saddening, is the lack of confidence that these readers have in themselves and their craft. Their inability to see their options in the face of circumstances is exactly why I wrote this piece.
Both my work and my ideas are not for everybody.
I wish you all the greatest of luck with whatever path you choose. Cheers, James. Is it better late than never? I think it is. I can only speak for myself and assume this is where others might be coming from. I can admit I have no confidence.
But I am taking your skillshare class and it has really helped me to be more confident in my art at least! Very good article.
I worked for about 10 years in the automotive business management sector and hated every minute of it. I decided to take a chance and start my own vintage instrument business about 25 years ago and never looked back. If I had not taken a risk to do something I love then I am sure I would always look back and regret it.
So your kid, will he have college loans to pay on top of rent? Is being bankrupt ok?
Geeash, Can you see no other options? My son can. What are you afraid of? Making a living for what you love, what could be worse? Relax, kiddo. Both have dreams of their own. Both have let their personal development slide because they have no time. Will they make it to where they can pursue their dreams? Last February I was working a miserable design job where I was underpaid with a crazy boss.
In my last week, the studio next to ours needed some basic design work done, so I took them as a client. Life is too short to take orders from incompetent people. I sometimes miss the days when I had a dead-end job and my only concern was paying rent and partying three days out of the week- but that got me nowhere and I generated nothing. Start kicking and go somewhere. I spent seven years chasing the money and I hated every second of it.
This seems pretty naive. Wait, not strange at all. For other people, never be surprised if having a roof over your head is a primary motivator. Have you seen Maslows hierarchy of needs? You generally have to have come from a very comfortable background if you put Actualization needs above Survival needs.
Can you cut costs, can you save, do you have the confidence that you could pick up a part time job to cover the basics? Kind of missed the point. Literal minded pedantry is a poor substitute for useful, constructive criticism. I totally agree with you and disagree with San Grail. I will tell you this I lived on the streets after getting kicked out my house at 16 and I still managed to graduate high school despite having no place to stay.
I joined the military thinking I was secure, got processed out on disability, and struggled to find a job even with my background as an avionics electrician. I ended up homeless again.