Imagine yourself in the following scenario:
You are an aspiring actor with very little money and no acting work. You have been turned down at audition after audition, and you can’t afford to pay your heating bill. You have resorted to selling your wife’s jewellery to make ends meet, and she is screaming at you every day to go and get a job.
What would you do?
A video popped up in my Facebook news feed recently and caught my attention. It’s an audio recording (with a slideshow of images) of Tony Robbins telling the story of how Sylvester Stallone got his break as an actor.
The part that really grabbed me was when Sly was in the exact scenario I described above, but he refused to get a job. He said that if he got a job, he knew he would settle back into the old rhythm, get comfortable, and lose the hunger, and his dream would gradually disappear.
So when he was at his lowest point, rather than go out to look for a job to bring in some cash, he went out and sold the thing he loved more than anything else in the world, his dog.
He chose to give up his beloved dog for $25 rather than get a job and risk losing his hunger for acting, which was his dream since he was a little boy.
Here’s the full video, it’s worth a watch (or listen) for a bit of inspiration.
The Two-Job Route
In his article How To Do What You Love, Paul Graham talks about the ‘two-job route’ to doing what you love, which he describes as ‘working at things you don’t like to get money to work on things you do.’
I’m interested to hear what you think about this. Do you have a ‘day-job’ which you aren’t passionate about, but which enables you to support yourself while you work on the things you are passionate about in your spare time?
Or are you an all or nothing person like Stallone? Does the idea of getting a job to make ends meet scare you? Are you worried that you will lose your hunger, and your dream will fade as you fall back into the regular work routine?
Tell us what you think in the comments below.