When do you know it’s time to move forward in a new direction and on a new adventure? Can you ever be sure you’re making the right decision and the new path you’re embarking on is the right one?
Having recently made the decision to undergo a career and life change, the challenge has proven as difficult as expected. No more Groundhog Day routine for me. No more sitting in a glass box high above the world listening to the buzz of trading markets all around. 20 years was enough. Now, instead of getting up at five a.m. to get ready to fulfill my Groundhog Day tasks, I get up at five and decide what to do with my time. What to do to generate income. How to live my life on my terms. And most importantly, what to do to promote my happiness.
Being in my early forties, it was a very tough decision. I could have taken the easy route and just resigned myself to the fact my current career and day to day routine was all I had to look forward to for the next twenty years. But I didn’t. I chose to set my own rules. I chose to not put up with a bureaucracy. I chose to not take part in the “Friend Of” mentality, which I’m sure you all understand. Ultimately, I chose to be successful based on my own abilities. That’s the only type of success that matters.
A lot of people told me I was crazy for making the decision I did. Why forgo a steady income to take a chance on something unknown? Why not follow the simple path, and continue along in the corporate world? Why give it all up and have to struggle to create a new career? Is your current situation really that bad? All are valid questions I was asked. And all miss the key point of the fact that it’s my life and there are no repeat performances.
I decided a while ago that in evaluating any decisions, one of the first things that must be done is to decide which option is easier and which is harder. Avoid the easy choices because there’s a reason they’re easy. Easy is limiting. Easy is boring. Easy is confining. And easy is wrong. We’re not caged animals so why act like one. Why limit yourself when the your potential is only limitless? That’s why I chose this new direction. Because it’s going to be labor intensive, exhausting and stressful. Essentially, it’s going to be awesome.
We’re all willing to take gambles on many things in life. Why not take a gamble on yourself? You won’t regret it because it’s on your terms!