A 9-5 can only get you so far.
The problem is no one taught us that trading time for money should only be temporary.
The truth is we all have that something within us that the world has not seen yet.
And it’s up to us as individuals to discover what that something is so that society can benefit from this value.
Your 9-5 is making someone else’s dreams a reality.
And I’m here to tell you I think it’s time you start realizing yours.
Welcome to Franknez.com – today’s article is a little different. I want to tell you a story. But I also want to discuss personal finance, a topic I’m extremely passionate about.
Let’s get started!
A lot of you want to become rich.
Or perhaps just earn a lot more money.
Believe me when I say we’re on the same page.
I personally found this out for myself when I had my boy at the young age of 17 years old.
My folks were young parents too and I’ll never forget their struggles growing up.
When my son was born my entire life changed.
I had to become someone for him.
And it hasn’t been easy.
We Were All Told The Same Thing
Go to school, get a career, or find a safe job that pays the bills right?
See, that’s all I knew too!
Life was about just getting by and living for the weekends.
The first job I ever applied to was a Del Taco in my town.
I didn’t get the job but that’s a whole other story.
My 9-5 started when I began working for my father after college.
Prior to that I was working part-time for him.
I started in the back operating machinery like everybody else.
I didn’t know anything else but the 9-5 lifestyle and the weekends.
At some point I fell out of my fathers business and began working for a bottling company in Southern California.
Another hell job.
But something drew me back in to work for my father, I needed the money.
At this point I had gone all in and started my sales journey within his company.
I came to learn one day that I was being taught how to work for the ‘man’ and that I was never going to earn like the ‘man’.
This was going to be life forever.
And I couldn’t accept that, I couldn’t do that to my family.
Why Do You Want To Leave Your 9-5 Job?
Ask yourself, why do you want to leave your 9-5 job?
Sick of the mundane schedule?
Are you not respected enough? Are you being undervalued?
Do you want to provide more for your family?
These are all legitimate reasons for wanting to ditch that lifestyle.
I say lifestyle because it is a lifestyle, we choose how we want to live.
And nobody really ever told us that.
We kinda just grew up doing what we were told to do.
The thought of leaving a safe job is also scary AF right?!
That’s what really gets to us, the fear of the unknown.
This fear is what holds us back from achieving bigger things for ourselves and our families.
It’s this fear that pins us to the ground and says where do you think you’re going?
You’ve felt it, and I’ve felt it.
The problem is, how do we overcome this fear of entering the unknown?
Here are some tips from my personal journey.
How To Prepare Yourself For The Unknown
One of the most important things you must do before taking that jump, that leap into the unknown, is to prepare yourself first.
How do you do this?
Remember when I said earlier that it’s up to us as individuals to discover that something within us to share with the world?
You must have an idea of what this could be, and you only find it by pursuing a variety of different things outside your 9-5 job.
Or perhaps you already know what it could be.
But here’s the catch.
In order for you to take that leap, you’d have to have immersed yourself so deep into this creativity of yours that you were able to monetize it.
If you love to speak and a gig outside your 9-5 earned you $100, then you have the power to grow your skills and earn $1,000 or more.
If you see that this hustle outside your job has the ability to provide value to others and see it one day providing you with freedom, you found it.
But wait, there’s a second catch.
This is something you’re going to have to work on after that 9-5 job of yours.
That means sacrifices, tons of em’.
It will mean that you will become dedicated to making your dreams a reality the second you clock out of your job.
Now you’re using your employer instead of them using you, so that you can fund your ideas.
If you can earn a penny then you can earn a dollar.
And if you can earn a dollar doing what you love, then you can make ten and then a hundred dollars.
The point will come where you have a choice to make.
That choice could be one of the hardest decisions you’ve ever had to make in your life, but it could also be the best.
You will eventually find yourself acknowledging that if you could only do this full-time, you could get so much farther.
You could accomplish so much more.
Yet the thought of going all in holds you back.
The fear of the unknown paralyzes you again.
How To Overcome The Fear of The Unknown
I wish somebody would have told me this when I jumped.
But the truth is, the fear of the unknown is always there.
It just gets easier to manage.
The unknown is a fog that we must continuously work around to accomplish what we set ourselves to do in life.
To be in the unknown, is to be in a creators’ world.
And you are the creator.
Here, you set your own worth, not your boss.
When you enter the unknown you become a magnet to the things you mainly think about.
Approach your new world confidently, and believe you can do it.
Because if you can imagine in it in your mind, then you can create it in the unknown.
Write down your goals and strategize ways to accomplish them.
What If You Fail?
Failure is merely redirection.
If something isn’t working in your favor then pivot and learn what didn’t work and find an alternate solution.
Just don’t waste time trying to identify why it didn’t work.
Time is everything in the unknown.
It’s important to understand that jumping into the unknown without having monetized your ideas first is a recipe for disaster.
I’m a serial entrepreneur by nature.
My first startup failed when I was 18 years old; my second one failed at the age of 21.
I finally monetized my third startup at the age of 24 but it wasn’t scalable.
All these failures were merely lessons that eventually led me to where I am today.
I was able to leave my 9-5 after 16 months of nonstop grind after work.
What do I do now?
I write! Full-time baby.
And I also manage an advertising business that earns income ‘per project‘.
Here’s How I Discovered My Gift
I discovered writing was my gift.
I love to write.
In fact, I used to love to write poetry and lyrics back in middle school.
While working with my father, I built a 6-figure clientele from scratch using mainly email; I was 23.
Then he would have me write important emails to his VIP clients.
It was during this chapter in my life that I recognized I was good with words.
But I knew I wanted to write for the rest of my life when I published my very first FrankNez article on January 1st of 2020.
Franknez.com originally started out as a personal finance blog and I knew I was going to help millions of people achieve some sort of financial success.
When I discovered the stock market in 2019 I knew I had to show people how easy it was to buy their first share of stock on my blog.
The rest is history.
I love helping people realize their potential and showing them ways to multiply their hard earned money.
This is why I publish content on market news and stock and crypto today.
Make The Unknown, Known
Many of us are hoping a single event will change our entire lives.
And if you put your money in the right places it certainly can!
But don’t put your dreams to the side waiting for one event.
Instead I suggest to start planning and taking action now.
Find that something within you, and make the unknown, known.
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Man, I’ve actually forgotten what it’s like to be afraid to put yourself out there. I’ve also failed, fallen flat on my face many many times, am 39, and still a Tier 1 tech.
It can go wrong, way wrong. But there are silver linings to each failure. For sure – I would be making more money, live on my own, and own more if I had played it safe and just kept my nose to the tech grind stone. Instead I chased passion after passion; going from Scranton to Philly to LA to Philly back to Scranton. A passion / failure / passion palindrome.
Eight days ago my most recent business, a hard cidery, had to close not bc we ran out of capital or something. No, we had to close bc the demand for our product was too high and we just couldn’t keep up with demand. It was killing me doing this and a T1 tech gig.
I’m weeks away from 40 and I would tell you I have very little to show for it. My friends and family, would tell you I’ve done a lot living an interesting life that rivals Keith Richards on a shoestring budget.
I can’t decide if I am trying to provide counterpoint to my younger, more successful acquaintance or illustrate that what he speaks of can pay off in many ways; very often ways that are not monetary in nature. I do have a bone to pick with his Randian notions of choice and self determinism, but that would be too long of a comment to argue even for me!
I can’t TL/DR this one. So pardon my verbosity.