Jobless Not Hopeless: Why I stopped searching for jobs?

I have officially taken a break from the job search, because I don’t want to look for ‘the job’ anymore. Here’s a little update on my job situation and a note of gratitude addressed to you…

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“Your calling is in what you often think about.”
-Sunday Adelaja

Jobs give us our daily bread. Jobs gives us our identities. Jobs even give us confidence. Jobs are great.

Then why am I not looking or even trying to get me a ‘job’ anymore?

Because I don’t want to look for it anymore, I want to create the job myself. I no longer wish to focus on the problem (unemployment), instead shift all my time, energy, effort and focus on the solution. The solution, I have decided is self employment.

Writing, creating and bringing meaningful, useful and hopefully little less sleep inducing content for you is my job now. Besides creating content and blogging, I’m also trying to do some freelance work on the side.

 

Job, unemployed, jobless not hopeless

My Job Saga!

Now, the question is will I make any money from this job? May be I’ll but there is also a big fat chance that I won’t. I haven’t made any money till now, not taking into consideration the few cents I made from ads!

On a more positive note, after months of creating my profile on a popular freelancer website, I finally received my first order. I guess that’s a good news!

Coming back to blogging which is my main focus, is it really possible to make a fair income and a decent living from blogging?

The Internet is full of stories and living legends who make quite a lot of money through blogging. Making money through blogging is possible and many people do blog as a full time profession.

But the success rate in blogging today is much lower than a few years ago. Blogging is highly competitive, with the increase in number of new blogs being created everyday.

Building a blog, maintaining its quality and its very existence takes both your energy and resource. Learning about blogging alone is a very challenging task, and learning to monetize your blog takes this challenge to a whole different level.

Jobless not hopeless

Jobless: yes! Hopeless: not yet!

I can say I’m halfway through the first part of that challenge. I’m still learning new things about blogging and about the world of content creation everyday. The more I learn, I find there is only way more to learn.

About making money from blogging, I don’t think that I will make a lot of money or probably any money anytime soon. But I don’t care. I love doing this job and I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.

Worst case scenario: my last drop of savings will run out and then I’ll be forced to let ‘the job‘ take a back seat and let a ‘real world job‘ sit on the front seat.

But today is not that day, so we won’t think about that.


A note of Gratitude:

Gratitude, thank you

Many Many Thanks 😀

Our community of friends and followers in the blog is about to cross the 3K mark. Friends who were once strangers but not anymore! I would like to think similar thoughts and relatable experiences are the bridges which have narrowed the gap between us.

I’m full of gratitude to all of you who have liked, commented, followed or even for once read any of my blog posts. You have supported me in my endeavour of spreading my new found positivity.

So, whether I make any money from blogging or not, your support, empathy and love is more than enough to encourage the bejeezus out of me! At least for this year!


 

💬 If you have any suggestions for me or ideas about blog post topics (things you would like me to write about) or any questions for me to answer, please do share it in the comments.

 

  1. Its nice to know that you’re following your dream. Its takes times to achieve success at any venture in life. Wishing you good luck~ from a fellow jobless but not hopeless ✌🙂🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing the wonderful thought💭 . Appreciate your kindness😊😊😊

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  2. Wishing you the very best in your new career. Go get them!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the cheerful thought, I feel motivated ☺

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  3. I love your pursuit for self identity. It is refreshing and something to ponder on.

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I appreciate your kind gesture 🙂

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  4. FOLLOWING DREAMS IS AN EXPENSIVE SPORT, thats what I feel….

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    1. Thanks for sharing the thought. I have to agree with you on this. I am finding everything expensive, especially now that I have lower purchasing power. At least I don’t need money to buy dreams, may be that’s why I’ve got plenty of that!

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  5. Kudos to you and your perspective! Loved it!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation 🙂

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  6. I always say as long as you’re doing it from your heart the rewards are endless.

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    1. I hope so too! Thank you so much for your kind words ❤︎

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  7. I admire your courage to stop the job looking conundrum! I hope it will work out for you or that the perfect job will fall out of the sky.

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely wishes and the encouragement. I appreciate your kind gesture. I too hope I succeed in creating the perfect job for myself, fingers crossed 💯

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      1. Fingers crossed for now

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  8. I wish you the best as you follow a new road to fulfill your dreams.
    The best advice I’ve heard about writing was to write about things you feel passionate about. Whatever that may mean for you. Perhaps you feel passionate about the plight of the jobless or maybe you love fashion or art. It isn’t necessarily the topic that matters as much as it is that you feel it in your soul. Your passion for the topic will show in your writing. People will be able to feel with you.
    Good luck with all you’re doing.

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    1. That is very true and a great advice. Thank you so much Chris for sharing.
      I have always felt I write better (actually much better) when I write from heart and about something I feel passionate about. Readers also connect more with those posts. I’ll try to keep applying this advice, truly the best advice about writing.
      Best wishes ❤︎

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  9. It’s always good to follow a dream…you will have no regrets in life…making money is not the issue….money can be made anyways if one sets his mind solely on that…what matters is satisfaction..and I am sure satisfied you will be that you are giving your passion your heart and mind…yes there will struggles…results not commensurate to effort ..then that’s what life is all about…no one who has sincerely put in the efffort fails..yes chances if partial and not achieving the desired success are always there….Do your bit and be happy..
    God bless you

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing such a meaningful thought. I’m very much after satisfaction & that’s the sole motivator right now for me. But then there are times when I get highly disappointed by setbacks on my way. Your support & encouragement helps me to think above & beyond such setbacks. So, I appreciate it a lot 🌹

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      1. Thank you….God bless you

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      2. Thank you to you my friend. God bless us both! ✌😊

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  10. This is very refreshing…you don’t often see a perspective like this. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation ❤︎

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  11. I found it was good to take a break when I was unemployed. It recharges the batteries.

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    1. I agree. Thank you so much for sharing your thought ☺

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  12. It isn’t the job but the work ethic that counts. The trouble with writers is they don’t have a work ethic, which is why so many fail. (I count myself in that noble company!) Maybe one blogger in ten thousand makes a living from their blog, the rest just enjoy writing it. I should hate to do do it for a LIVING! A week or so’s freedom from the endless round of CVs can only be good – more power to you!

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    1. ‘It isn’t the job but the work ethic that counts. ‘-well said! I completely agree. Thank you for sharing the thought ☺

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  13. Your mindset is amazing and worth emulating and to think that HOPE is the fuel that keeps the vehicle of life moving. I wish you nothing but success.

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  14. Well done

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  15. ‘Your calling is in what you often think about’ – so simple, so true. Thank you, EUI.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation 🙂

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  16. really enjoyed reading your post. The seeds you sow will bring you a healthy harvest. Keep at it and help people every chance you get 🙂

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  17. Hi! i’m in the same situation, I have a media production degree but couldn’t find a job related to my education. It’s really really competitive, around 3 years i worked in logistic, but now…I wanna carry on developing my creativity and became a freelance illustrator. You blog is very very helpful, I will keep reading it and getting motivation and power to carry on in this very hard journey. I guess I have to deal with sooooo muuuch rejection, but I hope I will make it. Thank you, you are amazing !

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie for such a wonderful feedback. To find cool & amazing people (just like you) through my blog, has made blogging the best thing ever!
      Nothing can be more comforting in struggling times than to find people you can relate to. So, thank you for sharing your story with me.
      Our journey is the same, trying to break away from unemployment, towards self employment.
      With dedication, hardwork and a lot of patience, we will get there, someday if not today! Hang in there my friend ❤︎

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  18. this is very inspiring. I always feel like i need to have a job because the letter comes from IRS every year saying “if you retired now you would get $5.00 a month” (or some low number) but if you retire when you’re (65, 70, 75, etc) you get (normal number.)
    This always stressed me out since I have not been able to hold a job for longer then 4 years (all low end retail jobs that don’t use my degree.)
    I know I will be working when I’m 75 but I like the idea of living for the now, living for your own happiness.
    🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thought. The idea for a wholesome life perhaps is to find your heart’s desire & follow your own path to happiness without compromising on your beliefs. Our jobs should help us to be more happy and not the other way around.
      Love & best wishes ❤︎

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  19. Employed or jobless, it doesn’t matter. What matters is you are following your dream. Keep on going!

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    1. Thank you so much for your very positive & encouraging words. I truly appreciate it ☺

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  20. I hope you’re able to find work soon. The US economy especially over the last 12 years has become so difficult to find steady work in. I’ve seen so many middle class people who used to have a lot of assets and good incomes become totally wiped out over the last few years.

    Many of them went on food stamps because they couldn’t earn enough money to buy enough food for themselves and their families. The situation is literally getting worse by the day. In the end hope is really all we have and I applaud you for staying positive. I hope things improve for you! 🙂

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  21. […] may be some of those people are right, those who say I am not quite active or skilled enough for a job. And, may be I’m those things, but is there nothing more to me than […]

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