Sure, we have to admit, every now and then, the biggest risk is financial loss and that might take us a little lower than our current situation. For instance starting your own business will probably require some investment. If the business doesn’t work, ROI might not be possible. However, take it like this. If you are thinking about your own business, there’s a good chance you’re not entirely happy where you are. You feel you can do more, you can be more. Minimize the financial risk by taking small steps.
Start going to meetups with other entrepreneurs. Find people who are more or less in the same line of business as you. Try to learn all you can from them. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn. If possible try partnerships. If possible, try keeping your job on the side. The truth is, there’s a good chance some of the ideas might fail at first. But you’ll be able to learn what didn’t work.
The power of taking care of your soul
I feel like one of the most overlooked things when we talk about starting something new is the power of taking care of ourselves, of our souls. You don’t have to be religious or have any type of spiritual practice for this. You just have to take time to listen to what your heart really wants. We are intuitive beings. Society may not teach us to listen to our intuition, especially nowadays with all this technology surrounding us. But your intuition is there. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear it. And trust me, it will guide you on the right path.
In the last part of 2016 I went through one of the worst phases of my life so far. I lost my job, my best friend moved to another country, I was single and I saw no way to get out of this bottomless pit. I couldn’t bring myself to go out, I went to interviews wearing this face that basically said “I’m worthless, I know nothing and I don’t deserve this job”. As a result, I never got the job.
One day, I found out my favorite author, Rebecca Campbell had a workshop in London in the first days of December. I just knew I had to go. It was the most insane decision – after 3 months of being unemployed I was running out of money, but I knew I needed that journey. Call it intuition, divine guidance, whatever you want. So I went. To keep up with the crazy I decided to stay for 5 days and properly visit London. It was my first real solo trip – the previous ones had always been for work. It was the most liberating and amazing thing I had ever done.
I attribute part of it to Rebecca’s workshop and the wonderful women I met there, of course. But the entire trip allowed me to have such a powerful introspection. I was able to find my will to live again, to see my worth again. And it sure as hell wasn’t dictated by my old boss or by my singleness.
Two days after I got back home I went to another job interview. I got the job before the interview was done!
My point? Don’t underestimate the power of feeding your soul. Sometimes it’s the most important step in getting your dream life. The worst thing that could have happened here – the trip being useless and wasting all my money. I would’ve run out of money a few weeks earlier than if I had stayed at home. Which is bad, but in the end, running out of money is running out of money. No matter in which day it happens.