So my wife and I made a deal.
I took a job as an in-house legal counsel (with a $125,000 per year pay CUT) That's not a typo, that's how much my salary was reduced when I quit the law firm and took another day job practicing law. But that job freed up my weekends and most of my evenings I could pursue the second part of the plan—to start a side business that eventually led to me becoming a ghostwriter.
I still worked 60 hours per week but they were predictable, 7am to 7pm. I'd get home by 7:30 and spend an hour with the kids before bedtime.
My wife and I agreed that every night from 8:30 to midnight, I would work on my side business. And other than the occasional night where I woke up with my face stuck to the keyboard, that’s what I did.
It took me more than a year to figure out what I wanted to do but after about a year and a half—and after trying so many side businesses—I discovered ghostwriting. It was perfect. I could work whenever I wanted. I could create multiple streams of good income. And I could be my own boss, working directly with amazing clients who had incredible stories to tell.