To do something you love allows for an exhilarating feeling. Waking up in the morning, knowing that what you do today and every day is something you've always wanted to do is the best feeling in the world.
The path to get to that point, though, is a heck of a lot scarier than most people anticipate it to be. It has its ups and downs, but to get through those takes a lot of inner faith.
The strength you have in yourself to go above and beyond will lead to many scarier events in life.
1. Not everyone has faith in you
When you decide to take the plunge and follow your dreams, there will be many people who don't have faith in you. There will be many people who will question why you decided not to get a 9-to-5 job or why you're so poor.
There will be many people who won't want to stick with you when you work 90 hours a week and are barely sleeping and cranky.
Because you'll stick out, people won't like that. Find the strength to discover faith in yourself to continue down your path.
2. Money is tight
No matter what dream you have, it will be a huge an investment. No one outright tells you that. At some point along your path, money will be tight; don't be discouraged by it.
The money will come at some point, even if that means you must get a restaurant job on the side. If you think about the money, you'll lose sight of your dreams.
3. Self-doubt becomes apparent
When there isn't someone there to give you direct guidance and a path to follow, your inner voice begins to kick in. It will tell you that you can't do it or that you don't know what you're doing. Follow your gut.
There will always be a voice in your head that will wonder if you made correct decisions. As long as you do what you feel is correct, the voices won't matter.
4. Haters begin to build
People love to hate on those who find success. The more successful you become, the more people will hate on you. It's hard to ignore comments, and it's hard to ignore glares from people.
Focus on the people who believe in you and have been there for you, instead of fixing those who have a problem with the paths you want to lead. People will question everything you do, but that's prime time to keep moving forward.
5. Holidays with the family become uncomfortable
I can't tell you how many times I haven't wanted to go to Thanksgiving because I knew everyone in the family would ask, "Well, are you still going for the same degree? Oh, are you still working there?" Family members can be judgmental, even when they do have your best interests in mind.
When you make your decisions strategic, the questions stop. Know that what you are doing is what you are supposed to be doing, not because someone in your family told you to be doing it. Not everyone can be a doctor or a lawyer, after all.
6. Your love life gets put on hold
When you begin to follow your dreams, work begins to overpower everything you do. And, that includes finding others with whom to spend time.
When you're working on something you truly love, the gaping hole in your love life won't feel like as pressing of an aspect.
If someone wants to spend time with you, he or she will find time to work around your schedule. Anyone who leaves you because you work hard isn't worth your time.
The only people I want in my life are those who can deal with my work schedule, not those who grow frustrated by it.
7. It takes longer to reap the benefits
For the most part, it's pretty well-warned that when you start something of your own, it will take months or even years to see the benefits of your labor. Unlike a typical job, though, all the work you do will go toward what you want to do, and not for the profit of someone else.
It's scary to know that you may have to work a ton and will only see little reward for a year or two, but don't let that stop you. When you continue to follow the idea and put in the work, the rest will work itself into place.
8. Your abilities are heightened
When they say we do not know our strength until it is put to the test, it becomes particularly clear when following dreams. When you start to follow your own path, you begin to discover all that you are capable of doing. You can never discover this by simply working a job for money.
When you do what your gut tells you to do, you become the scariest piece of information you know of.
You discover that you are beyond capable of anything anyone ever told you, and that is the scariest part of it all. When you discover that, the possibilities are endless.