Life is too short to be spent working a job you don’t like. Not to mention the discontent and boredom that leads to.
One of your missions in life is to find your career path and follow it. It’s what will give you satisfaction, will help you exceed, will motivate you to be your best self and let you contribute to the world by doing your best work.
You’re not born to get a degree and work a regular job in the same field. That career trajectory is long gone. We live in the era of entrepreneurship and there are countless opportunities for those willing to work hard and try new things.
If you’re tired of doing the same tedious tasks daily, if you feel like there’s potential within you waiting to be unleashed and that you still haven’t found what you love doing, keep looking.
Here are the steps you can take today to take control of your career path and get closer to the life you deserve:
1. Assess your current situation.
It’s really important to be clear about where you are in life right now, no matter how bad it is and how disappointed you are.
Sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself. Figure out what you don’t like about yourself and your life, what’s missing, what things you want but aren’t achieving, and what must be removed so that you can be happier and more successful.
2. Know what you truly want in life.
Define your purpose, find your true calling, get out there and try things until you understand what your heart desires.
The only career you’ll enjoy and will reach the top of is the one that you’re passionate about, the one you’re destined to do no matter what.
So set specific goals, break them down into smaller steps and see what you need to get there.
3. Start looking for jobs.
Before you make the big step and quit your current job and go after your dream career, do your research first. There are job search websites available out there you can visit to look for jobs in various industries.
Visit some career websites and see what’s out there, what employers are looking for, what qualities you already possess and what grabs your attention from the many opportunities.
4. Build your portfolio.
You can start doing something on the side, before you quit your current job and jump into a new field.
Experience is important and it will help you stand out and form relationships if you first do it on the side, and even for free. That’s how you can find your first clients, make mistakes and see what doesn’t work, and eventually get better before you start charging for what you do.
5. Don’t be afraid to dream big.
Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do. Be ambitious and know you can get better at anything if you want it bad enough.
Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.
During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.
How did you start your career in finance?
I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.
What made you start blogging?
The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.
The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.
The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.
I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.
I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.
How was The Ways to Wealth born?
I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.
1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.
2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.
3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.
One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.
What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?
The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.
Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.
I then went to Upwork and posted a job for agraphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.
I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.
I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.
What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?
My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.
When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?
My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.
What happened then in January?
First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.
Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.
Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.
How do you balance work and family life?
I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.
When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.
This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)
What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?
Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.
What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?
I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.