Have you ever been asked a question that stopped you in your tracks, took your breath away, and made you see clearly in an instant what you needed to do? Phew, it happened to me recently and it rocked my world.
Having just had a big birthday that ended in a zero, I started to reevaluate. It seems like that happens at the start of a new decade of life. A wise friend said that she doesn’t dread the decade change, she looks at it with excitement and wonderment of what the next 10 years will bring.
My thoughts as I faced the last decade of my career might have been leaning that way. How to go out with a bang? How to leave a legacy of the years of working? How to regain the joy of getting up each morning eager to accomplish the days work?
And so, I started reading motivational books. I stumbled upon The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, which demonstrates the ultimate work/life balance. From there I ventured on to another of his books, Tools of Titans. The sheer size of that book was daunting, but the chapters are short and allow an easy read a day. While reading, the idea started to form that maybe I could take the favorite parts of my current job and create a business that could offer those services to other companies.
Boom! Once that thought started to get hold, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. But I also couldn’t imagine how I could get by without a steady paycheck, benefits, and yes – health insurance.
After wrestling with this conundrum over the past year, I tried to have my cake-and-eat-it-too by working evenings and weekends to set up a business. The task became too daunting, what with trying to live a life. In frustration one morning, preparing for my breakfast/reading before work, I flipped open Tools of Titans to a random page – and the words appeared before my eyes.
The question that made it clear. The answer – in the form of a question.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
What indeed? I burst out crying – which for a non-cryer is a sure sign that the nail has been hit on the head.
What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? What? Well, I would jump feet first into the entrepreneurial world and figure it out as I go.
And I have.
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