It is possible, despite running the rat race, to work on switching tracks to go do what you love doing.
A reader asked me this yesterday: “How do you leave a lucrative job, that comforts you with security, gives you a societal edge and take up something you love no doubt, but is hardly likely to reward you financially?”
I feel that’s a great question. And the answer lies in the core principle of intelligent living – you start a journey of a thousand miles, by taking the first step.
And that first step is to invest just 5 minutes a day doing what you love doing. One of the reasons people don’t switch to doing what they love doing is because they are too caught up doing things all day that they loathe doing! But 5 minutes is not a bad deal. However busy you are running your rat race, you can take a 5-minute-break and that shouldn’t hurt anyone, least of all you. In those 5 minutes, do what you love doing __ reading, writing, painting, composing music, researching, cooking, whatever! You will discover a rare peace in you in those 5 precious minutes. You will want those 5 minutes to never end. So, extend the tenure of that daily activity by 5 more minutes – daily! Keep feeling joyful and keep extending the tenure as you graduate through this experience and exercise – daily! Soon, in a couple of months, despite your struggling to sustain the practice daily, you will have created a daily window of your own ‘Happy Hour’!
Imagine from being frustrated with your Life, bemoaning the lack of joy in what you were doing, you have a full ‘Happy Hour’ daily to do what you love doing! And that’s 30 ‘Happy Hours’ in a month. If you are an artist, you could complete a whole work in that time. And if you are a writer you could perhaps complete a chapter of your book in that time!
If you are smart, as all people usually are, you may look at how many ‘Happy Hours’, over how many years, will you need to make that career switch from being a highly-paid unhappy professional to being a well-earning, happy individual. And once you know how simple the math is, you go after the opportunity – 5 minutes is all it takes to carve out your ‘Happy Hour’ from the rat race you are running!!! Once you are ‘in’ your ‘Happy Hour’ you will realize that when you remove all the conditions in your Life that are making you unhappy, you can only be happy!