If you are like most people, at any given time, you are contemplating a new career opportunity or change.
It could be as simple as asking your boss for more responsibility or as radical as quitting your job and starting your own business, but probably something in between. You have made mostly good decisions in your life and are making decent income, supporting yourself and maybe a family, but you are not completely fulfilled. I have had several of these inflection points in my life. I had to decide to either stick with the known status quo or to take a risk into the unknown to reach for a greater and different future. This meant losing something perceived as secure in order to pursue a career opportunity that my gut told me was more in line with how I actually perceived myself and the future me who I wanted to become.
At the same time, I would get a queasy feeling in my stomach that made me want to crawl back into my safe zone and let the opportunity pass by.
Sometimes I let my fear talk me out of taking the risk.
Sometimes my gut instinct to take the risk was strong enough to win the battle. Life is too short to let great opportunities pass because of the fear of the unknown. I’ll never know what my fear has prevented me from achieving because those are opportunities lost forever.
When I look back, I am most proud of when I said “why not?” Proud of the times where I cut the safety rope and left myself no option but to move forward and create that new future for myself.
Now, my kids are 21 and 23 years old and I can honestly say that the greatest gift I have ever given them was to lead by example. Both of them have demonstrated to me the ability to take risks out of their comfort zones, envision a future for themselves and to work hard to achieve their goals while always keeping an eye out for the next career opportunity in their path. They are not waiting for someone to come and give them a future. They are out there making the tough life decisions all on their own, putting in the sweat equity needed to support their decisions and then living with the consequences.
We are merely a collection of our past decisions. I hope in the future you will look back at this day in 2016 and feel proud that this was the day when you said “why not?” and trusted your gut and paved the way for your own future.
- If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle
- Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the one you miss. – Author Unknown
- I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one. -Mark Twain
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