Building A Dream Job Isn’t Really Possible On The Steve Jobs Inspired Join Up Dots Podcast
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Building A Dream Job
Building A Dream Job Isn’t Really Possible is the discussion on today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.
This has been inspired by a message that we recieved into the Join Up Dots email inbox from a great guy from Denver Colorado.
Lukas has been in contact with us over the last few years, as he looks to keep building a dream job around photography – his huge passion.
His question is based around the concept of do you keep building a dream job and struggle in the beginning, or do something else to make it easier to get there later?
The Building A Dream Job Question
Hi David, I hope life is treating you well.
I’ve started an electrical business and I’ve been focusing more on that lately then my passion of being a photographer.
I still do photography, but the electrical business is way more lucrative. I don’t hate electrical work, but I also don’t love it.
My question is, should I build the electrical company so I can do amazing things in the future or should I struggle in the beginning and do what I love?
Our Building A Dream Job Answer
I can answer this one hundred percent…….bring in the money mate.
Be pragmatic about it.
You see nobody ends up having a business that they truly love.
I used to think that was the case, but now I see it otherwise otherwise it would be called a hobby.
With Join Up Dots i would say there is seventy percent that I love and thirty percent that is a hassle. But it is as it is.
What it does give me is 1: no boss, 2: no fixed timescales 3: the ability to travel when and where i want.
I actually found a vision board that I created six years ago, and i forgot about it, and I had achieved everything i wanted and they were all based around being free, not being told what to do etc
So i would say think this…… can YOU build the electrical company until you become the OWNER and not working in the business?
If you can ( and i know you can) then you have income coming in passively which means then you can do what you want to do.
For example, I now own a car parts shop and Im having to work in it three days per week UNTIL i get the issues sorted and we start making good money and then I am out of here….but the money will be coming with me
Does that make sense pal???
So what do you think?
Is this the right way to go?
Should we spend our time doing anything that we dont like in life, if it makes the majority of our time amazing?
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Full Transcription Of Building A Dream Job Interview
When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK. David Ralph.
David Ralph [0:25]
Yes, hello there. Good morning, Good morning, Welcome to Join Up Dots. Thank you for being here.
How are we all? So I’m doing a weird thing normally with Join Up Dots. I have a more scheduled up verse or like weeks and months in advance. But I’ve got quite a lot on my plate at the moment.
So I’m kind of recording and releasing straightaway. So for anybody out there who has been waiting for this show to be dropped. Yes, that’s what the youngsters say. Now.
We used to in the old days we used to go and buy albums and buy singles and stubborn and you’d wait for them to be released. But now but dropped. I don’t know why everything is being dropped and not released.
But anyway, that’s what the kids say. So, um, if you’ve been waiting for this podcast episode to be dropped on you. Well, you’ve had to wait. Yeah, I can’t do any more about it. But yeah, we’re a few hours late on it, but it’s still on the right day. Still on the right day. never missed a day. Boom. commitment, commitment and personal perseverance.
So how are we all really hot in the United Kingdom at the moment really stinking hot. And for anybody who’s keeping up with my my drive for fitness? Even though it’s been 33 degrees? I have still been riding my bike. Yes, I’ve been ploughing through the English countryside, getting home with like, just the sweat pouring off be like a tap.
But I’m still doing it and each time I do it, it gets easier, which is why I talk about it because everything Do is hard at the beginning, and then gets easier and easier so that you forget the pain. And you think, Oh, it was easy, but it wasn’t it was a anyway, had a message from a guy from a Denver, Colorado. And this is a guy who’s been in contact with me on and off for a few years now. And he sent a message to me the other day on messenger, and he says,
Hi, David, I hope life is treating you well. I’ve started in electrical business, and I’ve been focusing more on that lately van my passion of being a photographer. I still do photography, but the electrical business is way more lucrative. I don’t hate electrical word work. I also don’t love it. My question is, should I build the electrical company so I can do amazing things in the future?
Or should I struggle in the beginning to do what I love? So this is the question and we will throw it out to you guys as well. And I’ll tell you what I answered because if you ask me that Question maybe three or four years ago, I would have gone with, get a dream, get the dream, you don’t sell for anything and sort of plough through. And so do the photography work. And even if you’re not getting much money, just keep on building up that business. I have now changed over the last few years. And I now think to myself that no matter what you do in life, a dream job becomes a job. You lose the dream if you’re doing it constantly now, I record podcasts and I really enjoy recording podcasts and running Join Up Dots. But you know, I didn’t say I love it.
Because there are certain things in the Join Up Dots world, but actually to love. I don’t love ploughing through hundreds of emails, but I get all the messages that come through. I love responding to people and everybody gets a response but you still have to read them and you have to go through all the pitches that people are wanting to come on the show and stuff and so there’s a lot of paperwork and administration behind business of the show, but I’m still willing to do it because it’s my job now. And I would say, as I said, Yeah, that 70% I really enjoy.
And 30% is a bit of a pain. But you’ve got to be pragmatic when you’re building a business, and you’ve got to think to yourself, Am I willing to put the effort in to get the rewards later? Or am I willing to struggle and and then try to get the dream later.
Now, I think now being pragmatic, we’ve got bills to pay, I would rather actually get the money in first get the money in to give me the ability to do the things that I love.
So keep the things that I love as a hobby, until the time that you can just transition across.
So this is what I answered to Lucas Gordon, and I said to him, I can answer this 100% bring in the money may be pragmatic about it.
You see, nobody ends up having a business that they truly love, no matter what my Say, I used to think that was the case, but now I see otherwise.
Otherwise it would just be called a hobby and not a job that would Join Up Dots. I would say this 70% I love him 30% that’s a hassle.
But it is as it is, what it does give me is number one No boss, that’s a big ticket, my life number two no fixed timescales.
And number three, the ability to travel when and where I want and take my business with me now I don’t actually I do travel when when when I used to before this bloody COVID thing coming.
But I always leave my business behind. I just switch it off, and I come back five or six weeks later and turn it back on.
I’ve been very focused and creating a business that doesn’t engulf me and you can’t prove yourself.
Now, I continued on this message and I said I actually found a vision board and this is true. If you don’t know anything about vision boards.
The idea what it is about you put the pictures on that you want in your life.
It can be houses, it can be clothes, it can be, you know, sitting in a garden, it can be whatever you want, whatever you really passionately want.
And you have it in front of you. And you look at it every day, and you focus your mind on achieving.
Well, I did one about seven years ago, no longer than that before I left my job to move into Join Up Dots, and actually found it the other day.
And I forgot about it. And I’d achieved everything I wanted.
And they were all based around, being free, not being told what to do, etc. So there was one about how much money I want to earn through Join Up Dots that’s achieved.
There was another one that was about not being at my desk by eight o’clock, which I always used to be in corporate land.
There was another one about travel, and it was like six images and I looked at it and I thought, Wow, I’ve achieved all those.
And so I’ve moved on. Now, what I would say to him and I said this in here, I said what I would say is think base can you build the world That trickle company until you become the owner.
And then you’re not working in the business. If you can, and I know you can, then you can have income coming in passively, which means when you can do what you want to do, and I gave you an example and I said, Look, I now own a car parts shop. Now I bought a car part shop.
And I’m actually have it Yes, I know, I’m a podcaster.
But I’m actually having to work in it. Two and a half days a week, Monday, Tuesdays, and then Saturday mornings, until I get all the issues sorted out, we get the money flowing in, we increase the customer rate, and we start making good money, and then I’m out of bed, but I’m gonna take the money with me, the money’s gonna come into my life, but I won’t have the hassle.
I’ll be the owner of the business, but I’m not working in the business. Okay. There’s a big difference to that. And so I said to him, you know, does that make sense?
And he came back and he said, Yes, it does. I already have an employee. We do all the work after our day jobs.
And on the weekends is pretty cool. But I’ve been staying crazy busy. And I haven’t even advertised yet. It’s all word of mouth. So I went back and said, Get on Google My Business, start getting those word of mouth people to leave reviews, and then your business will just explode once he gets another employee when he can reduce his hours, and then start building towards the photography business. Okay, it’s all income streams coming into your life. Now, a lot of people that connect with me think that online business is like the magic ticket, where you basically throw up a website and you sit behind it and you don’t actually have to be involved in the business. That’s a website. That’s not a business. If it’s a business, you’re involved in it.
And it’s certainly if it’s a personal business, you’ve got to be involved in it because ultimately, you’ve got customers, people will buy from you now some of them you will connect with personally.
Some of them will click on links and buy stuff but don’t Think that is the way it’s going to operate seamlessly right from the very beginning, even in my life now and I make a bloody good income through Join Up Dots.
Now I literally can, you know, close off three, three years, really and then come back. Obviously, I still have to produce podcasts because otherwise I haven’t got a show. But literally, I can just close off for three years and come back. I’ll be perfectly okay financially. Now, that wasn’t the case in the beginning, certainly wasn’t.
And all the people that come through to me, I would say, probably 95% don’t buy anything. And 5% do so it’s a very small market. So you need to get the traffic flowing into your business, and whether it’s by word of mouth or whatever. It takes time. Yeah.
And so just to sort of emphasise that again, in online world or anything, we’ve got bills to pay, you know, be real.
There’s a bill. There’s a Strap line for you. So we’ve got to pay VA. And it’s all very well going, No, don’t worry about that. But to take care of itself, why don’t we do stuff to take care of that. So then we can do the things that we like more and more. I love travel. I love just turning off the computer and disappearing. And so all my businesses are tailored towards that.
So through Join Up Dots in 2020, I made a decision that I’m only going to work with 10 people 10 clients through my coaching, and other than that, I’m turning everyone away. Because I just want the freedom to be able to spend more time working on the car business until that’s sorted.
And then I’m going to build the caravan park.
If anybody has been listening to the show, I’m going to build a caravan park where people will rent out space to put their caravans or there are these and a yearly retainer basically, and then that’s more passive income. And once you get all these streams coming in, you really do have choices and you can decide what you want to do when you want to do it.
But it takes time. So but Lukas Gordon in Denver, Colorado, thank you very much for dropping us a line.
It’s lovely that you stay in contact with us. And you can, we can see you know how your life is changing and stuff and it is changing for the positive, because you’re positive and you’re keeping focused on it.
And for anybody else out there that just wants to drop us a line and ask a question or just Muse about something. I will try to answer every question. You’ve got some I will answer personally, some I will send videos to others. I will waive interest show and then respond in this way.
So everybody out there, let’s be pragmatic. Let’s not buy into the Oh yeah, I can have an infinity pool by building a website on Monday and Wednesday.
It’s all done takes time. And if you can find an income stream that you can get going quicker, even though it’s not your big dream. And think about it is that gonna be easier for you to Then transition to the dream, even if you don’t like it, I do lots of things, but I don’t particularly like, but I’m willing to do it because it gives me the lifestyle.
But I do want, okay, really have to think about that.
And also with the vision board, do that jot down, you know, five or six images that you’d really love and you can focus on an everyday look at it and try to think of ways that you can be one or two steps closer towards it.
You know, it’s not law of attraction, it’s law of Act, action. It’s taking action towards stuff.
And once you do that, you’re on your way.
Until next time, my friends, I will see you again, thank you for dropping those messages through to us.
And I will see you again very, very shortly.
Cheers. See ya. Bye.
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