When we first introduce people to the concept of Pretirement, the scene often rolls out like this.
Us: “Blah, blah, blah…then we changed our lives and never looked back. Pretirement is an amazing way to do business and live an awesome life! We get to do all sorts of cool stuff from traveling the world to going to our kids’ swimming lessons! We truly believe that anyone can create this kind of life themselves and their families.”
Other person: “Well, that’s wonderful for you, but I’m a (insert occupation that requires physical presence like hairdresser, realtor, dental hygenist) so obviously it wouldn’t work for me.”
This is not so obvious to us. If you really want to live a different kind of life and your current profession is holding you back and there is no way around it, there is a very simple solution.
Change your career. Do something else for a living.
Most of us don’t come by our occupations via divine providence, and even if you did, hey, plans change! There is no reason to stay at a job you don’t enjoy or that doesn’t fulfill you. The reasons you tell yourself, like the time you’ve already invested, the security, etc. are only smoke screens that hide fear of the unknown.
Give yourself permission to take the chance if you really want it. No job is worth giving up your dreams for. No job is worth giving up your life for.
Do you have a great story about quitting a career that wasn’t working for you and starting fresh? How did it change your life? We’d love to hear from you!