I recently got an email that shocked me!
I got an email yesterday from one of my mentors with the SUBJECT LINE AS The importance of being jobless.
I was thinking about whether I should continue reading the email or not. As soon as you read something like this, there would be a huge resistance in your mind.
I was very curious about the subject line so I thought of giving it a shot by reading the entire email.
I am going to share the complete email in this post sent from my mentor:
How can being jobless be important?
Because right from our childhood we have been told that we should be “busy” all the time, work hard and not be idle.
And “being jobless” is seen as a negative thing.
But there is another side to the story.
Please read this email carefully, your life might change because of what I am going to say.
I graduated from Civil Engineering in 2008.
It was recession times. I had a job offer, but the company didn’t call me until 2009.
I had 1 year of free time.
I did not have to look for a job because I had a job offer already. So my parents also let me be free.
For 1 year, I was jobless.
But that year changed my whole career and life.
In 2008, after graduation, I started a motorcycle blog — BikeAdvice.
The blog became one of the most visited blogs in India by 2009 and I even got a free trip to China to visit a motorcycle exhibit.
The new project — a motorcycle was born because I was bored. And wanted to do something related to my passion — motorcycles.
I was bored because I was jobless.
I didn’t have bills to pay, was living with my parents and my life was a zero expense life. I didn’t have to spend anything out of my pocket. So I reinvested the money I made from the blog back into the blog — mostly into content creation.
This strategy of living life with zero or low expenses and reinvesting everything back into the business (like playing a game) was the reason BikeAdvice became the №1 motorcycle blog in India by 2011.
In 2012, I sold the blog for $25,000 to a buyer in Delhi.
But from 2012 to 2016, I moved to Bangalore and had a family to support.
I couldn’t be jobless.
I was so restless to do something that I couldn’t stick to one job for more than 1 year. For nearly 5 years, I was working in different companies as an employee, but my personal growth stagnated.
I was busy, working hard and a good boy in front of my parents. But it did not lead to career growth.
Fortunately, I had enough money saved up so that I can take care of my expenses for 1–2 years if I had no income.
In 2017, I quit my job again.
And I was jobless. And I got bored.
I wanted to do something.
I decided to grow Digital Deepak into a training company.
I sold my first course — Google AdWords Mastery.
Made 2.5 Lakhs in revenue.
Reinvested everything back into the business.
Launched Facebook Ads Mastery Course.
Made 4 lakhs in revenue.
Launched SEO Mastery Course.
Made 8 lakhs in revenue.
Launched the 100-day blogging course.
And the rest is history.
Today I have an ed-tech startup which is growing fast and has 15 team members.
This happened because I was jobless for a while.
The blank space gave me ideas, inspiration and motivation to build a new company.
Are you afraid to quit your job, because you will become jobless?
Do not be afraid of it.
Parents, relatives, friends, and your partner will advise you against it. They want security and status for you.
But you want freedom and passion for yourself.
There is a conflict of interest. Prioritize yourself. You will be thankful to yourself later.
Save some money to sustain yourself and your family for 1–2 years.
Quit your job.
Write that mail to your boss, today.
And become jobless.
You will have a blank canvas of time.
Believe me, every child is curious, every man is passionate. About something or the other.
Use your free time to do what you love.
Keep doing what you love to do. It could be anything.
Read a lot of books. Attend some training programs.
Invest in yourself, upgrade yourself.
Your life will turn around. Believe me. For me it did.
That empty space. That nothingness… is the most fertile ground for new ideas to flourish, new careers to be formed and new businesses to be built.
You can never build something new for yourself if you never give yourself that empty space… and be jobless.
For 2 weeks, if you feel like doing nothing after you quit your job, do not be afraid. Slowly your energies will pool in and focus. And it will start getting spent in some activity — something that you love to do.
Passion is nourishment for the idea. And nothingness is the fertile ground in which you will grow.
Remember, there is nothing in a seed that says it is going to be a flower.
But flowers bloom all the time. If someone doubted the seed, they would never plant it.
If you doubt yourself, you will never bloom. Because you will never plant the seed.
Your parents, partner, friends, relatives, everyone will doubt you.
They will say — stick to what you have — because something is better than nothing.
But please remember that nothing is better than nonsense.
Most of the jobs in the world today are boring, repetitive, and toxic. It is nonsense.
And nothing is better than nonsense.
Why settle for something when you can possibly have everything better?
There is a price to pay. It takes courage.
To destroy what you have so that something new can be created out of the destruction. This is creative destruction.
Don’t be afraid of the nothingness.
Because only from nothing, something can be created.
Only in silence, music is created.
Only from darkness, light is created.
Only from solitude, love is created.
Only on a blank canvas, a beautiful painting is created.
And only from joblessness, a beautiful career is created.
Give yourself that space, to think, to rest, to read, to ponder, to travel, to eat better, to be fitter and I promise you, out of this space, your dream career will be born.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you should do. Don’t ask for anyone’s advice. Quit your job (if it is not helping you grow in your career).
Do not be afraid of losing your colleagues as friends. Do not be afraid of disappointing your boss.
Just do it.
I am sending this email to 500k subscribers in my email list. And I just might be single-handedly responsible for 1000s of jobs being quit in the coming weeks. (If this mail has hit your nerve).
But I might also end up creating 1000s of new careers and businesses that make this world a better place…
Because people would do these new careers not because they have to, but because they want to.
Just like I am doing what I am doing. Something that I love.
Do not think I got lucky to have this career.
This career was born because I had the guts to have no career.
To be jobless.
Have you ever driven a car? A manual transmission car?
In the car, while accelerating, you have to change the gears. The gears can be changed only if you let go of the accelerator and press the clutch, give it a few seconds of no acceleration as you change from 2nd gear to 3rd gear, from the 3rd to the 4th, and so on.
If you want to go faster in a car, you have to go to the next gear, which means letting go of the accelerator for a few seconds.
Your break. Your sabbatical. Your joblessness is that gap of changing gears of your life and your career.
If you want to upgrade your career, that nothingness is important.
That blank space. That silence. That boredom. A pull back before you shoot off.
If you never take that risk, you will never have what risk-takers like me get to have.
Risk hai to Ishq hai.
I hope this email changed your perspective on career up-gradation.
Remember, no one improved their life just by sucking it up.
No one got their dream career by working hard on something that they do not love.
You are the seed, and your joblessness is your fertile ground. One day you will bloom, trust the process.
Reply to this email and let me know what you think.
And forward this to a friend if you think it will be useful for them.
Have a great financial year ahead.