Don’t Quit Your Day Job

When In Doubt, Do Both


Don’t Quit Your Day Job


So, are you meant to be a miniature dolphin trainer or a pro thumb wrestler or perhaps you are the inventor of the always-helpful Life Expectancy Countdown watch and you just KNOW that you can make a career out of it.  Unfortunately, the money you are making now is not enough to put your kids through college or put the tuna tartare on the table. Because of this, I can guarantee one thing:

You have a day job or you probably should.

If the idea of getting, or staying in, your day job doesn’t float your boat, maybe you are having an “OR” problem (OK, bad pun).  As in:

Either I stay in this job and give up my dream job, OR I do my dream job and learn to live off of – oh ya, AIR.”

 Seriously, who made THAT rule?  Cruella Deville?

Work with that little “and” word instead.

The truth is that you don’t have to give up doing what you love for security, nor do you have to give up security for doing what you love.   Can you do both?  Learn to love the “day job” for whatever it allows you to do in the evenings or on the weekends.  That day job is your friend, not your enemy.  Unless it is a toxic environment, you should hold that day job’s chubby little cheeks between your two hands and give it a big smackeroo on the lips.  It is buying you time (and food, and utilities, and tuna tartare) to experiment with your passion until one day you can make the switch easily.

In the meantime, experiment with words – the day job is just your job, so it does not have to be your passion nor does it have to define you.

So when someone asks you, “What do you do?”, instead of saying that you are a purchasing agent for Bed, Bath, and Bubbles, learn to say, “I am a dolphin trainer – I’m currently working at Bed, Bath and Bubbles to raise funding for my mackerel buckets”.  That will definitely get you a second look.

Then start your fledgling business.  Yes – you will gain experience with juggling.

But go.  Do it.  Now.

Kirsten Cameron is a life coach working in Marin and via Skype anywhere in the world.  This post is inspired a fabulous haircut given to me by a fabulous woman, who is (you guessed it) a dolphin trainer.  If you are struggling with the idea of your day job, please check out coaching packages and rates at


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