No time like the present to start your dream job

Frequently I walk the bike path along the Rock River to enjoy the exercise, the sounds of water rushing by, the birds, and watching people and the ducks. But best of all I like the find a place that is quiet with few people and just sit and think. What do I think about? Anything and everything?

It's a great place for clearing the mind and sometimes solving problems. Try it, you'll like it.

The other day I saw a young man fishing, and I started up a conversation with him. I suggested that he use a net on the end of his pole.

"Why?" he asked.

"You could catch more fish," I replied.

"Why would I want to catch more fish?" he responded.

So he could sell them at a profit, I said. He then asked: "Why would I want to make a profit?" I said: "So you could go to the bank and make a down payment on a boat."

He responded with "Why would I want a boat?" To which I said: "So you could catch more fish and make a bigger profit." He then wanted to know why he would want to make a bigger profit. My answer: "So you could finance additional boats and hire people to fish for you."

He then gave me the big question: "Why would I want to make those huge profits and give up fishing?" "So you could retire and do what you want to do," I said.

The young fisherman responded: "But I am doing what I want to do now."

It's important for all of us to keep our sense of values in perspective and avoid being trapped in a job or a business we don't like. Every day I encounter people who say they don't like what they are doing. some keep doing it and wind up being miserable the rest of their lives. Others want to start a business so they can change their lives.

There has never been more opportunity for people to pursue careers or businesses of their choice and not be ties down to a job they don't like. We are all placed on this earth for a purpose. Having the right occupation has a great bearing on our overall happiness and feeling of self-worth. We spend eight hours or more on the job and then another couple of hours going to and from.

Business start-ups have become an accepted reality in this economy. Every week we can read the "assumed name" advertising in the local papers about the many companies being started. On a trip down East State Street or Riverside Boulevard, we can see another franchise opening every week.

Now's the time to start that business to replace that job we've come to hate. The time to be able to buy that big car, that big house and take those big vacations that the big bosses all had.

But before you take the leap, make sure that your new business venture is in something you like - maybe your hobby or something you enjoy doing.

Not having a four-year college degree is no longer an impediment to opening your own shop, but taking some extension or technical courses in the area of your new venture could prevent some unpleasant surprises.

This is an exciting time for people willing to start businesses and to adapt as required. Age is no longer a barrier, and it's never too late to get that dream business you've always thought about and wanted.

Bill Bryan is a counselor with the Service Corps of Retired Executives. SCORE offers counseling, workshops and seminars on small business operations. You can reach Bryan through SCORE, 515 N Court St. 815-962-0122, for information and appointments.

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