Am I passionate enough to keep going?
No matter how much money you earn, the first few months as a self-employed person are going to be hard. You’ll find yourself looking back and comparing your current life to what could have been had you stayed in the job. So-called “well-wishers” won’t be far behind with their “I told you so”s.
To overcome all that and keep going, you have to be passionate enough to not let them bother you.
Yes, things might be hard now, but you love your craft and you believe in yourself that you will make it big, no matter what. Growth is never a straight line and the first few months will be harder than ever, but if you truly love what you’re doing, it won’t feel like a chore.
If you’re passionate enough about your goals, you’ll find ways to keep going even if the entire world seems to be working against you. You’ll stumble, you’ll fall, but you’ll pick yourself up, brush off the dust, and keep pushing on stronger than before.
I handed in my letter of resignation a few days back and am serving the notice period now. Even then, I still get nightmares wondering what will happen if none of it works out in the end.
What if people suddenly think my writing sucks and stop paying me?
And then, I have to reassure myself that no matter what everyone else thinks, I’m talented and I know it. I believe in myself and even if all else fails, I’ll still find a way to make it work.
I wrote this article to help every creative person struggling to find a way for their art to pay their bills. But more than that, I also wrote this article for myself. I wrote it so I could remind myself that no matter how much I plan, life will always go awry one way or another. All I need to do is keep pushing on and never give up.
“At the end, someone or something always gives up. It is either you give up and quit, or the obstacle gives up and makes way for your success to come through.” — Idowu Koyenikan
The question is: are you resolute enough to not give up first?