"How much did they first pay you to give up on your dreams?" From the movie Up in the Air
Today FB memories showed me a video clip from the movie Up in the Air, that I posted last year where the main character (George Clooney) asks someone how much they got paid to give up on their dreams. It was so profound to see, because I know many of you are in that same situation. You have dreams, but you take jobs you dislike for a paycheck. I know it’s hard to follow your dreams, but if you don’t believe in them, who else will? Not believing in yourself is like trying to sell a product that you would never use on yourself, you will not be successful.
Many people ask me how I do what I do. The answer is, I say yes to a lot of things, without the slightest clue as to how I’m going to make those things actually happen. I know that sounds scary to most people, but once I’m committed to something, I am there 100% no matter what, and I know that often times, that is the exact fire that I need to fuel my creative process. It wasn’t easy to leave a steady and secure job, with health insurance, and a pension, for the pursuit of teaching more yoga. What I did know was that I was good at teaching yoga, I was good at teaching people to teach yoga, and I was good at bringing people together for retreats all over the world. If I kept my high school teaching job I would always have one foot in one career and the other in the other. How could I know my potential and how far I could take my yoga teaching if I didn’t put 100% into it? I would never know. It because very clear to me that if I wanted to explore the possibilities of how far I could go, I needed to give up the things that were holding me back. My high school teaching job was one of those things. My self mantra became, “Why not me?” If others could thrive teaching yoga full time, why couldn’t I? The answer was that I could do it also, and I would never know if I didn’t try. So I tried. I went all in. I resigned from my job, signed up for training in Thailand, packed my bags and hopped on a plane.
Was I worried? FUCK YEAH! Did I have doubts? Yup. Did that stop me? NO. If I failed, I knew this much about myself, I knew that I was a worker, and that if I needed to work in McDonald’s to pay my rent, I could. I didn’t have pride that I could only do that one thing or sink. I haven’t sunken yet. Two years later, I’m sitting at Starbucks, typing this blog post. I teach yoga full time in many capacities. I have weekly classes, I run yoga teacher trainings, and I lead amazing bucket list destination retreats all over the world. My advice to you is this, if you believe in yourself, you can make your dreams your every day life. However, if you have self-doubt, it won’t happen. Don’t let money be the number one deciding factor on your pursuit of happiness. Sure, money is great, and an abundance of money is even greater, however, the first lesson I learned is that we never need as much as we think we do. If you let go of the thought of what you think you need you will see so many opportunities presenting themselves to you. Let go of fear and self-doubt, and start believing in yourself! Stop letting others pay you to give up on your dreams. Start paying yourself to live them!