As a life coach, I have had many clients who have felt empty or stuck in their career and were yearning for a way to exercise and explore what they are truly passionate about within their lives. Starting a side hustle has proved immeasurably beneficial for many of my clients. It allows them to express their unique talents and gifts as well as benefit financially. There are numerous practical reasons why starting a side hustle is a huge life advantage, but when you condense it all down, the most important reason is to allow yourself to lead a regret-free life by honoring your unique contribution to the planet.
Think about it …
What does your life look like when you stand back and see the big picture, or when you picture your 80-year-old self lying in bed, considering the life you've had and the choices you've made? The ancient Greeks used to "practice death every day." They would foster perspective on their life daily and allow this to infuse all of their thoughts, actions, and behavior. In The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse, writes about how many of the patients she nursed in their final days regretted that they lived a life other people expected of them and not the life they truly wanted to live.
When we use our talents, skills, and gifts, we don't leave room for regret. We all secretly know this. What bigger motivation can there be to pursue work that you really love?
Of all the people I coach, most of them consider their finest hour as being the moment when, in the words of the incredible author James Altucher, they made the decision to "choose themselves." Choosing yourself means doing work that you love on your terms. Not work that is tasked to you by a boss or expected from you by any figure of authority. When you step out of a structure that tells you what you do, you are in a position to choose what you want to do. This is what your free hours are for!
You choose. It's all you.
When you see the whole picture of your life, it allows you to have a lot more perspective in your decision-making. Steve Jobs said something in his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 that still gives me chills every time I hear it: