So this week I finish my second year at university. And its got me thinking about why I started.
I started University (this time round) at 24 years old. I decided that I was sick of plodding along in jobs I didn’t really enjoy, I wanted a job I loved and felt like I was making a difference to peoples lives. So 4 years ago I set out to make it happen. I left a comfortable, easy job in an office, took a (significant) pay cut and moved into the leisure industry and I never looked back.
Don’t get me wrong, I spent years working towards this point. But if you truly want it you will make whatever effort is necessary. I’ve done the 100 hour weeks juggling 2 jobs (and it hasn’t got easier! I’ve spent the last 2 years juggling a full time job, full time university and over this last year being a father as well!).
So many people get stuck doing the same thing day in and day out, in a job they don’t enjoy, for a company that doesn’t value them. They sit at their desk remembering all the dreams they had when they were young. Circumstances are a big factor in these kind of decisions, and I was very fortunate in that my partner was very supportive. But if I can manage it then anyone can. There’s no reason why not!
I started this journey in a run down, rented house, with thousands of pounds of debt, and no leisure qualifications. I took that risk and as a direct result of chasing that dream I am now: 26 years old; engaged to a beautiful woman; have an incredible, and beautiful little daughter; a fully qualified personal trainer (and I think well known and well respected in my community); I live in a nice house on a brand new estate; I run my own business and I am 2/3rds of the way to a degree in Applied Sports Science! As I said, I have been very fortunate and have had an amazing amount of support to get to where I am but it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t try. I took risks and I made sacrifices and it has paid off many times over. I met my partner as a result of it, I have made some incredible friends, I have had some amazing opportunities and I generally just enjoy life a whole lot more!
What is truly stopping you from having a career that you genuinely love and enjoy doing? And if you already have that dream, do you stop and take the time to appreciate it?