Daily Writing #7: Strong Roots First, Shoots later

A tree with strong roots stays firm during the stormy weather whereas those with shallow foundations are uprooted from their core.

I am starting to think the same about personal growth, work, and life.

Establish your main hustle first, then focus on side hustles

Everybody is looking to build their side hustles and be a millionaire from it. Cool, you can do that. But have you first established your roots in your main profession/career/business, etc?

If you are like me then probably the answer is No.

I am too guilty of neglecting my main field of work and falling prey continuously to the next shiny side hustle. What this has led me to is that I didn’t grow in my career enough to support and justify the time I intended to give to my side hustles.

Or in my quest to build the beach/passive income (Which I found out doesn’t exist) I failed to pay attention to where my actual career was going.

That was a big mistake.

After a number of failures in establishing any side hustle, I had nowhere to go.

But I learned my lesson and now I have decided that my core profession will take the driver’s seat. I am not even going to think about any side hustles for the next 4-5 years.

That is really stress relieving and frees me from an invisible pressure that I always had due to FOMO.

All those medium articles lie to us about the actual hard work it takes to build a profitable side hustle. In fact, I am now pretty sure that there is no side hustle. The competition is high enough in each of those side hustles and if you think that money will just roll in passively you are mistaken.

There is nothing passive about a side hustle.

Instead, I would implore you to focus on your main career and go deep into it. Rise to the top in your main field and you would never need a side hustle anyway. Even if you do you can always start it anytime later when you have your main profession figured out.

That’s what I referred to as Roots here. Your main Job/career. Go hyper-focus on that first and then you can grow the side hustle branches later on when you know the deep roots of your main hustle have got your back if you failed with your side hustles.

That confidence will then seep into your side hustle too. You will feel no pressure to earn from your side hustle and that in turn will make you more susceptible to earn from it.

I write daily here on my blog. There is no limit to the word count. I am not focusing on any topic here. I want to build a daily writing habit. This is Day 7 of the Daily Writing Challenge in 2022.

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