Day Job

462 – Transitioning from your day job to your dream job.

I’m a big believer in doing what you love for a living. In 2012 I took the plunge to follow my music passions full-time and left behind a career in my family’s restaurant businesses because I knew it wouldn’t fulfill me. I’ll be honest, it was extremely hard…for numerous reasons.

Over the past 6+ years I’ve given a lot of thought when it comes to advice about whether or not someone should leave their “day job” to pursue their “dream job.” This podcast is a list of a few things (and it’s by no means a complete list) to consider if you want to make the transition yourself.

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  1. Pete
    Pete says:

    Hi Nick,

    Just listened to your podcast (462) and it comes at a time when I am seriously thinking about the transition from day to dream job. I found what you had to say extremely relevant and balanced, and it has strengthened the spark in me to go about making the commitment to go after what I love to do. Now, I’m not under any illusions. I’m an electrician, a fairly good one, and as such I have a comfortable income. But I’m miserable. I’m now 43 years of age, and I have only recently come back to playing drums after almost 20 years away from them. I’m back to square one, more or less. So I have a long way to go. I don’t have any notions that I will be taking the stage at Madison Square Garden playing for top international acts or anything like that, but hey- life is short, too short to not at least try to follow your passion.
    I really liked your comparison between what interests you versus what you are committed to. Big difference. Also, changing your mindset about the day job helps a lot. Listening to your podcast has given me serious food for thought, and it’s guys like you that give guys like me the courage and inspiration to at least get back playing again, whatever about going full time.
    So, to sum up, thank you. I think during the course of writing this commentI have made a decision to get back on track, get my practice routine up and running, start getting in touch with people who can help me and get back to what I love doing.
    Keep up the good work man, and I’ll be on this end keeping an eye on ya!

    Best wishes,


    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Hey Pete, I have no idea how I missed this comment – my apologies. So…it’s been a few months since you wrote this and I’m curious how things are going? How’s the progress coming along? Can I help in any way?

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