Most people have lofty dreams, plans, goals, checklists, flip charts and what have you. They really do want to follow those dreams but they also need to be certain about a lot of things before they take the leap.
For example, the money needs to be right, the time should be on point, the situation should align with Venus’s retrograde and Zeus’s aftershave, the list is endless…
All these mofos that don’t know your life and your storytelling you to yank your security blanket out from under yourself like they’ll be there to catch you when you fall. You should probably eliminate those dangerous people from your life too!
If you’re in this situation, I feel you. I understand where you’re coming from. I mean good God, you should be 100% certain before you take a leap into anything, right?
If you’re the type of person that needs absolute and guaranteed certainty before taking a chance on anything, here are my 13 reasons why you should stick to your guns like white on rice: –
13 Reasons Not to Take a Chance If You Don’t Want To
- You don’t want to fail. EVER. Because you know, all the people who don’t follow their dreams are such successes.
- You enjoy working in a job you hate. No matter you want to slit your throat as the alarm starts sounding on Monday morning and you count down every nanosecond till Friday evening.
- You think you have all the time in the world to make it happen. You just need to finish that book, that course, this period in your life and then you’ll be right on it.
- You want to wake up when you’re 80 and realize you should have taken a chance on your dreams.
- You want to continue making other people rich for the rest of your life.
- Living your life to the fullest isn’t part of your life agenda.
- You don’t really like getting anything done. You just like the way the idea sounds in your head but breathing life into it is annoying as all get out.
- You think your dreams are too insignificant to see the light of day. If you think your dreams are insignificant, ask the guy who came up with the idea for the pool noodle.
- You’re not particularly interested in reaching your full potential.
- You like leaving control of your life in the hands of corporations, regulations and policies, restrictions and mind-numbing office politics.
- You’re ok with asking yourself questions like, “What if?’ & “Perhaps I should have?” and you’re fine not having answers to it. Mostly you’re just asking yourself that because you like the sound of it.
- You’re not interested in inspiring anyone or being anyone’s role model. You don’t give a shit about all that. You like your couch and you’re very comfortable there making your plans to launch someday. Soon.
- Playing it safe is your middle name. Why, you look left, right, left, right, up, down, sideways and underneath before deciding it’s probably safer not to cross the road. You’re the poster person for playing it safe. Get you!
See what I did there?
You are being ridiculous if you want to be certain before taking a chance. That’s like waiting to have everything figured out before making the first move.
How on earth is that physically possible for anyone? The only thing waiting will achieve is a random, boring, completely thought-out, no excitement at all life.
What you need to do is make a concrete plan, cover the obvious things and then leap. Trust your instincts, trust your gut, trust and believe in yourself. That’s all you need.
As you go along, you’ll make mistakes; learn from them, adjust your plans, adapt it to the situation and become a stronger and more effective person for it. And above all, never give up!
By the way, I know not everyone is cut out for the solopreneur life or self-employment but you can still leverage the best of your career to achieve the things you’ve always wanted. Everybody has a dream. You don’t have to do a job just because it’s a job.
“Many of us are afraid to follow our passions, to pursue what we want most because it means taking risks and even facing failure. But to pursue your passion with all your heart and soul is success in itself. The greatest failure is to have never really tried,” – Robyn Allan.
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