Hi team welcome back to another episode of Not the average joe show, if this is your first time listening I especially want to thank you for lending me your years as we discuss each week what we have learned from the biggest and best influences of our time. This week we are talking about Jay Shetty. If you don’t know who Jay is, he truly has a remarkable story. He was a monk for 3 years and is on a mission now to spread wisdom and truth through his viral videos. So far, he has garnered over 4 billion views and 24+ million followers. Today we are breaking down an episode that really resonated with me and I wanted to share with all of you. If you are like me, you have a burning passion for more, but you feel stuck in your full-time job. That’s why I love this episode because he reassures us in many ways what we already know but it’s nice to know we aren’t alone in our mindset. He starts his podcast episode out with the fact that in 2017 corporate spending was estimated at over 100 billion dollars to train new employees. Over 1 billion dollars was spent on employee engagement but 68% of the work force was not feeling engaged in work. Much more than half the work force in the US did not feel that the 1 Billion dollars being pumped into employee engagement was a worthy investment. Now I want to break this down so everyone fully understands What employee engagement is. Employee engagement is the relationship between you the employee and your management or the company. The investment was set to make the employees feel more connected at work.Jay then shifts gears and starts asking the question “How many of us are scared to leave our job? He references the Golden handcuffs which I love. So, let’s ask ourselves. What are we afraid of? I’ll tell you I sometimes feel like leaving my job and I ask myself all the time “What is stopping me?” The truth is I’m afraid of what my dad would think about me leaving a “safe job” I’m afraid of not having health benefits, I’m afraid of not being able to provide for my family. I encourage you to think to yourself “What are you afraid of?”
Jay tells us that just 3 years ago he was in this situation. Isn’t that amazing that someone we look up to so much as an influencer was an employee scared and unconfident. I love that because we need to often look ahead and ask ourselves “Where can we be in 3 years?” He was 3 years ago in the place I am now and I’m sure many of you are as well. Jay comforts us in saying that nobody is certain about the future and the big choices we make in life. We just have to believe and jump. He asks us to look at our current situation in life as we are now and ask ourselves if in 20 years going along this same path, we would be happy. If the answer is yes than that is great, and you can probably turn off this podcast. But for many of us its not enough and we are wanting so much more!
There is no age for passion. One of my favorite quotes from this episode I listened too. Just start where you are!
About 9 minutes into the episode he gives us the secret key I think everyone is looking for. We don’t have to radically change. We don’t have to jump ship, quit our job and work full time on our dreams. You can keep your J.O.B, to pay the bills. And slowly build the bridge to transition from employee to a passionate dream come true.
Zig Ziglar said “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. Jay’s point by quoting Mr. Ziglar was that you just need to start! He says most of us aren’t afraid to start. We are afraid of the people around us. Being seen starting at the bottom. Boom. Golden Aww Haa moment! To Jays point here I like to think of it like going to the gym. We hate being fat and slow and being at the gym to try to change our lives. But that’s the point. He gives us some advice in how to overcome the mental struggle of starting at 0. Jay says Research. Learn the origins of how your biggest influences came to be. On the surface winning a game looks easy but nobody sees the blood swear and tears it took to get there. When researching don’t focus on the motivating milestones. Look at the negatives. The face that Steve Jobs was fired by his own company. The Rock Dwayne Johnson started with $7 in his pocket and said, “I know two things, I’m broke as FUCK and one day I won’t be” Jay is telling us that failing is the way to our success. Rejection is the way, starting at the bottom is the way. Along the way to your success story you will see the words written on the caves by those you now look up too. Dream of where you will be in 20 years and realize they were once where you are now. Jay says you will only be at the faze called starting if you just keep starting and don’t keep growing. Starting is the hard part but growing is the key. He says schedule time for your passion. We all are busy, but I recommend doing what I practice all the time I actually have a YouTube video on time and how to manage your time wisely because If you say you don’t have time I’m sorry but I don’t believe it. As Eric Thomas says, “it’s not that you don’t have time it’s just not a priority to you” Jays 3rd and final tip is this. The most significant tip is choosing education over entertainment. He gives us this quote from himself that really stuck with me. “If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice” Yes. This is going to be hard but nothing in life is free, make smart conscious choices to learn your passion thru education and substitute your play station time with educating yourself to grow. He finishes the episode by saying this journey is a Bridge. And we need to build it.
So That raps up Jay Shetty’s teaching on 3 ways to grow your passion while keeping your full-time job.
Number 1 Start somewhere.
Step 2. Get tactical, schedule time to grow your passion
Last step is to education yourself. Use the time you scheduled to learn more and sharpening your skills in your passion.
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