So I had said how I was planning to quit my 9 to 5 job when I earned a certain amount of income online. Well, today I just got laid off. I guess my quest to start living off of passive income is starting early—like today.
This is my first time being laid off, and even though my head is still above the water because I am making some money online (Thank God!), I still feel pretty terrible. It's really easy for me to start thinking negative things like: I don't have a job, my employers don't think I'm skilled enough, why me and not that other guy…but I know I shouldn't think those kinds of things. There was nothing I could do about it.
We are in tough times, as we all know, and especially for the industry that I was in, it's a wonder why I didn't get laid off sooner. Hardly anyone has the money, or the ability to create lines of credit to help construct and building anything these days, so of course no one is looking for the help of an Architect to design either.
A Blessing In Disguise
Someone from my other blog messaged me today and we had a small conversation about jobs. He actually offered me a position to work in Los Angeles at the firm he worked for, without even knowing I was laid off. L.A. is much too far away for me to commute to, so I thankfully denied his offer, even after I told him about my situation. He was genuinely sorry to hear the bad news. He then messaged me with something that I had to share with you today:
“Keep your head high—and thank [My Former Employer] for taking the chains off your potential.”
Those are some powerful words that really hit home for me. Have you heard of the saying: everything happens for a reason? Maybe this is God's plan for me. Maybe it couldn't of come at a better time. Isn't it kind of weird that I just released an E-Book on my other website that is now making just about the same as my other job was?
I'm going to take this as a sign. A sign that working online and earning a passive income is what I was meant to do. I don't have a definite plan yet as far as my next step to increase my income, but now my 9 to 5 job won't stop me from earning exactly what I think I deserve. There's no holding me back from creating the lifestyle that I want for me and my future wife and family. (Yes, I'm getting married in February.)
I will keep my head up high for myself and for you. Now I'll have more time to write about my plans for earning more income online, and hopefully some of my future successes and failures will give you some direction.
Last Words of Wisdom
I wouldn't be as optimistic about the future after being laid off if it wasn't for the residual income I earn from the internet today. I consider myself so lucky that I still make enough to survive, and it's all from the hard work I did in the past. Even if you don't ever quit your job, having that second stream of income is definitely something nice to fall back on.
If you do get laid off, follow the words of wisdom from my friend above. You should always keep your head up high (in any situation, really) and understand that you'll find something better. Maybe it's a better 9 to 5 job with more pay and more benefits. Or maybe, it's an online opportunity. Either way, just know that nothing can break you. Nothing.