WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUN. 16, 2014
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It's Time to go on a Quest

Have you ever felt the need to break away from a job that doesn’t inspire you? Do you feel like you are being shackled in your work and not allowed to grow professionally and intellectually? There are hundreds and thousands of people who feel the same way. However, most of them would just endure their work and stay put for several reasons.

They may not like the work at hand but may need the financial security that their work offers them. They may want to quit their jobs but may need the money and so cannot afford to be choosy. They would also be uninspired with what they do but are simply too afraid to take the risk to resign. Whatever reasons people may have, they would always find it difficult to muster the courage to just pack up and leave.

Being out of job is scary; not having any definite work prospects makes it even worse. Maybe that’s why you choose to stay with your job instead of going on a quest to find what you really want to do. It’s certainly understandable because people need to be able to sustain themselves in order to survive. However, there is a way to break free with as little risk as possible on your part. This way, you could be more confident to go on a journey to self-discovery.

Following your heart

One of the major reasons why people are unwilling to chase their desires is because of financial reasons. At the end of the day, you would be dictated by needs that can only be satisfied if you have sufficient funds. This is enough to make you stay in a job that you really do not like.  But because you need the money, you stick around.

You can do away with this problem. Risks can be mitigated and reduced by preparing beforehand. When you start working, you will realise whether you love your work or not. And if it happens to be the latter, you can start preparing to leave your job even at your first day of work.

Build up a nest egg

This is one of the simplest ways that you can start preparing for the departure on your quest to find your way in life. A nest egg will help you sustain yourself when rendered without a source of regular income. You don’t need to have a lot. However, you will need enough funds to take you to the places where you can reflect and focus.

Adjust your standard of living

You will always be able to get by even though you do not have a lot. One way to be able to do that is to change a few things in your lifestyle. Travel blogger Ali Watters has a few useful suggestions that can be effectively followed. For example, you could choose to cut some unnecessary expensive habits like smoking or hanging-out in coffee shops. You could even change your travel destination for your journey to self-discovery to less expensive locations. Remember, your savings could stretch to a year without work in Asia but only a few months in Europe.

Take on a few transient jobs

Several short term work opportunities are available for travellers in certain countries. Australia and New Zealand are among the countries where you can find work that can help sustain your travel. The work isn’t difficult and you can still find a lot of time to think and reflect.

Use your adventure to find out what you want to do and what you are good at

Taking the time off is not just an escape from a job you do not like; it is also an opportunity to explore other career options that are much better. You probably would not have been able to do this before. It is very difficult to focus on pursuing a totally different career option when you are still working. However, when you are not distracted by other matters, things are clearer and you are able to decipher what it is that you are really meant to do.

Maybe it is time for you to go on a quest to find out what you really want out of life and stop putting a journey of self-discovery on backfoot. You might find yourself perpetually stuck in a situation that you can never get out of. Sometimes, in order to grow and become successful, you must learn to let go and look deep within. The only way to do this, however, would be when you travel out of your comfort zone because you can discover so many things about yourself.

So give yourself a break, you deserve it and so does your career!

 

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