The lady at the bank called me ‘brave’ when I opened a business account. A girlfriend commented on how ‘brave’ I was for taking the leap and quitting a senior marketing role to pursue this path. I’ve had other business owners congratulate me for rising to the occasion and for being so ‘brave’ (and here I was thinking I was just crazy.)
To be brave means: ‘Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.'
It wasn’t until I had spoken to a few close friends that I realised I had shown tremendous courage in leaving behind a job that no longer served me to pursue my passion. I honestly didn’t see myself as brave but when I analysed the situation it suddenly dawned on me: I’ve got balls! I finally understood that not everyone is willing to make such a bold move and go after their dreams. They need the safety net of a steady income, a title, a security blanket they can rely on. I yearn for many of these things but I want to achieve them on my own terms.
Perhaps not all of us our cut out for this level of uncertainty. I’m scared everyday and I question my ability to make this work but then I ask myself, how could it not? I’m the master of my destiny now. I probably always have been but up until now I didn’t quite realize it. I had been giving my ‘power’ away. I had been letting others dictate how, when and what I should work on until that fateful day when I said ‘enough’ and got behind the drivers seat.
I don’t know the road rules and the scenery is foreign to me but I plan on taking this route because I know it will be life changing and liberating. I don’t have a map to lead me to my final destination but I’ve gone too far now to turn back. There may be road blocks and detours along the way but I can always change direction and steer myself back on course.
I’m feeling the fear and doing it anyway because frankly, what is the alternative? A life spent wondering what could have been?
I have a new found respect for people who have ventured out on their own to create a career and life they love. I'm dedicating my business to those that forge their own path. The trailblazers. Those not willing to settle for the status quo.
So braveheart, if you are in a similar position, I salute you. I congratulate you for being so courageous and hope you know how gutsy you are.
Have you made a bold life change to pursue your passion? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below.