When you went to sleep last night, what did you wake up intending to do? 64% of us wake up 5 days a week and get ready to head in to work.
Since my divorce in 2005, I had been one of the 64%. Prior to that, I’d run a successful Agency for public speakers. As going through divorce often does, it tore my WHOLE life apart. Not just the emotional side. I lost the business.
Man I felt like a failure. I was embarrassed. I felt nothing short of defeated. Over the last 8+ years, I’ve allowed that failure to decide my (lack of) happiness. I allowed that failure to keep me from following my dream. Why? I was afraid I’d fail. Again.
So instead, I job hopped. A telephone sales job here, a serving job there. I was even a technology teacher at a charter school at one point. About 80% of the time I was doing those other jobs, though, I was also doing marketing on the side or marketing was part of my job description. I’d developed a few clients (and held them), but I was afraid to make this leap of faith.
There’s a certain sense of security knowing your employment is held by an employer. They take care of payroll. They take care of making sure clients show up. They take care of hiring and firing. All you have to do is show up and collect your paycheck every 2nd Friday.
Now, don’t get me wrong: As a society, we need people to do this. Without them, we’d have no medical workers, no legal workers, no public servants. But there are those of us who feel like we’re merely stumbling through life, keeping our head down all the way. We are the people who need to snap out of it. Why aren’t you following your dream(s)? What fears do you need to face to take your leap of faith?
Again, friends who love me gave me a nice little wake up call. A gentle smack upside the head to first, wake me up… and then – we began planning. In one single night, we planned what it would take for me to leave my “normal” job to begin this journey. The difference is that this time, I began with a bag full of lessons learned.
This journey is mine and now I know one thing. My past was not a failure. It was just a stepping stone to my success.
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson