“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska
So many of us, waste our lives talking about escaping the lives that we are in. The fear and uncertainty cripple us in to stillness, and the stillness then stagnates into bitterness. We then see out our lives in this delightful state.
But what if there was another way? What about if you could actually make the change; take the leap; and realise that you had wings after all?
I’ve been through this change, and my new book The Great Corporate Escape that will be published by the end of the year, discusses in a light-hearted way the themes that are present during this change.
The Major Decisions
The two major decisions that must be made when tackling a change of career, or indeed any change to your life, are; 1) what are you going to change to? and 2) do you have the balls to do it?
What stops you ticking both of these boxes is the fear of failure, the uncertain future that would lie ahead. After all, at least a future of infinite boredom and monotony would at least be certain.
The Good News
However, I’m here now to tell you that this is the perfect time to take the plunge. We are probably all conditioned into thinking that a good job is where the smart money goes. A good job with good pay and good benefits, will be a job for life. Leave school and get one of these babies, and you need not worry until it’s time to take your membership out at the Bingo Hall.
Surprise!! Look around you now, and you’ll see that some of the old maxims don’t ring true anymore. There’s no such thing as a job for life. There is so much uncertainty and change in the world today, that by being an employee, you are open to all of the risk without any power to stop it. At least if you work for yourself then you’re in control of your own destiny.
There are so many positive reasons nowadays to have a go yourself; for example, the myriad of opportunities that the Internet brings, uncertain job market, harder to secure external funding therefore no temptation to get in to too much debt, new marketplaces being defined everyday with entrepreneurs carving out new ways of practice. It’s a great time to be out there, on your own, being true to yourself and living your passion.
Have you taken the plunge, and if so, then share your successes here in order to inspire others to join us?