How to Build Your Dream Job

With the rise of trends like the “gig economy,” more and more professionals are finding room to build side hustles and passion projects to go along with their more traditional 9-to-5 jobs. But when is the right time to transition that side gig into a full-time career? Today’s guest has some stellar advice about how to know if and when your passion project should become your job.

Meet Jessica Lawlor, CEO of Jessica Lawlor and Company. Jessica was working in the corporate PR world when she decided to trust her instincts and leave her job. She launched J.Lo and Co., her own communications agency that focuses on content management, development, public relations, social media strategy, and branding.

In this episode, Jessica shares her own journey to building her dream career and the day-to-day challenges of running a business, plus tips on how a focus on mindfulness made it all possible.

In This Episode

  • Why nurturing multiple passions is good for you (and your business)
  • Some of the major challenges of running a business
  • How tools like yoga and meditation can make you a more mindful entrepreneur
  • The importance of energy management in addition to time management
  • How millennials business owners might differ from other entrepreneurs

Quotes in This Episode

“I think that having multiple passions makes you a better person, a better employee. I personally think it just makes you more well-rounded.” —Jessica Lawlor

“I truly have turned all of my passions into my career… Which sounds like a dream, right? It really does. But, it’s something that I’ve struggled with because, now, I feel like I have no hobbies, and I have no passions. It’s great to do all these things that I love on a day-to-day basis, but they still are work. And they’re things that then you need to take a break from, from time to time.” —Jessica Lawlor

“It’s okay to change and to pivot at any time… That’s the beauty of doing this on your own. You don’t have to ask permission to make a change.” —Jessica Lawlor

“What I want people to know about being a millennial business owner, and my fellow millennials, is that I think more than ever, we just know what we want, and we aren’t afraid to go after it.” —Jessica Lawlor

“Start now. Start where you are. And if you have a passion or something you’re excited about, do it now, and do it on the side of your job.” —Jessica Lawlor

Resources

Jessica Lawlor Headshot on Women WorldwideCalm: Meditation to Relax, Focus, & Sleep Better
jessicalawlor.com
Connect with Jessica on Twitter