Creating Your Own Opportunities

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A few weeks ago Ashton Kutcher gave a speech at an awards ceremony that made all the girls scream (shocking, I know), went viral and appeared in my Facebook feed for, oh, 2 weeks straight.

While the speech was good there was one thing he said that truly resonated with me:

“Opportunity looks a lot like work.”

The minute those words left his lips I wanted to jump up and scream “I love you Ashton!” in unison with the rabid tweens.

But since it was just me in the apartment I figured my efforts would be futile. So I decided to write about it instead.

*clears throat*

Last week I had 3 separate conversations with people who each commented on the fact that this site is all about “screwing the 9-5” yet Josh and I work far more than the typical 9-5'er.

The main point each of them were trying to raise is, aren't we being somewhat misleading with our message?

My answer to them is three-fold.

Yes, we typically work longer hours than those in the corporate world. The only difference is we don't work that much because we HAVE to, we work that much because we WANT to.

We aren't forced to punch a clock, we aren't choosing to build someone else's business just for a paycheque and we aren't sitting in a dull grey cubicle counting the hours til 5pm on Friday where we can go out, get pissed and forget about our thankless job.

No, we get to choose to work the hours we work. It just so happens we choose to work a lot because what we want to build takes time and effort, and we are dedicated to our dreams.

Secondly, our main mission with Screw the Nine to Five isn't to convince you that you can quit your job, work a 4 hour work week and rake in six figures all while chillin' on a beach, sipping cocktails.

That would be misleading.

Our main goal is to empower you to live a life you love, help you realize you don't have to settle for a mediocre life and arm you with the tools and knowledge you need to do it from anywhere in the world— all while making sweet, sweet coin.

Finally—and I may get a little fired up here—we work hard and bust our asses to create the opportunities we crave so that eventually we can live a lifestyle that each of those people who asked me that question probably won't be able to live.

So are we being misleading? Not one bit. In fact, I think our honesty surrounding the trials and triumphs, stresses and successes of this lifestyle is actually serving you, not leading you astray.

Stop looking for the easy way out. It won't be worth it in the end.

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  • Sophie

    I completely get this though it does seem a hard concept for so many to grasp. I’d rather work 80 hour weeks doing something I love than 40 hour weeks doing something that leaves me too sad and brain dead to do anything with the rest of my time 🙂

    • Jill

      A-freakin’-men Sophie! That’s exactly what I’m talking about!

      I can absolutely see why people would cut it down…but that is usually (and unfortunately) because they haven’t created that kind of opportunity for themselves yet.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Martin

    I agree with Sophie too. The 9-5 can zap your energy and many other things too. Stress decimates our bodies and our minds. But only if you allow it to.

    Even in the toughest environment, the unknown, we can create opportunities by listening and paying attention. Things are rarely as they appear. Opportunity wont feel like work. It will feel like harmony.

    Expect ‘the best’ as in ‘assume that the best is on its way’. Allow the opportunities to come to you. Then you wont really be working.

    • Jill

      Martin if I could give you a hug right now, I would! I love everything you just said! Especially “Opportunity won’t feel like work. It will feel like harmony.”

      Bang on, dude! Bang fucking on!