These questions are valid but as much as I appreciate the concern, those questions only stirred the gremlins in my mind to come out.
I started to doubt myself and thought who am I to think I’ve got what it takes to create a life I want, doing what I love? What if I did fail?
And then my inner cheerleader would remind me to think positively - what if you succeeded? What if you could do what you love, and be your own boss and get paid for it? What if the gain outweighed the change and the pain? What is it worth to you to have the freedom you seek to create a life that is meaningful to you?
For me, it meant EVERYTHING.
There are plenty of jobs out there where you can work for somebody, but there’s only one job that’s out there where I can be my own boss.
So it comes down to choice.
And I chose to believe in myself and gave doing what I love a chance.
After all, for the past 15+ years I’ve worked for others, and I learned the 9-5 job is not for me. I like the freedom to choose where I want to expend my energy, when I want to do it and how I want to do it.
It sucked the energy out of me to show up for work that’s lacking meaning in my life. And I don’t want to live the rest of my life this way.
I want to be excited when I show up for work and do things that make me happy knowing I’m helping others in a positive way.
So while I still have some savings and am alive, I figured I might as well give it a shot. What is there to lose? The worse case scenario is to go back working for someone after giving my dream a shot.
This idea of doing something I love, working for myself, was just never put in the forefront of my mind growing up.
People think it is too risky to start your own business, especially for a girl, it’s better to stay conservative.
However, I have seen women who are successful running their business, doing what they love. I’ve seen and known people who have dropped out of high school and are extremely successful.
And I think to myself, if they can do it, why can’t I?
So here I am.
And the fact that you are reading this means I’m still doing what I love,
Although, I will be honest, it has not been an easy ride, I’ve made mistakes along the way, and it takes patience, discipline, dedication, consistent effort and mindset to power through times where you are having a crappy day.
So it is important to be prepared, have realistic expectations, knowing that like anything worthwhile, it does take time and effort. It won’t just happen overnight.
It is through the hunger and thirst you have for creating what you want in your life that drives you to find a way to make it work.
Believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?
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