"I am a believer in the idea of, once each lifetime, we have to jump off a cliff. You will land well." CK - a wise and courageous friend.
I quit Wall Street after 21 years.....there I said it. It's been two years since I started my company - working evenings and weekends while I had this other full time job. I always wondered if and /or when I could do it full time....When it becomes cash flow positive and I can live off the profits was the answer I always told myself.
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I have had a job since I was 14 years and and had to get working papers to qualify - I have always been financially independent and as such - very conservative. Quitting a full time position to follow your dream is risky for anyone - let alone a single mom. If you are wondering when does one come to this realization, the answer is simple - you just know.
When I started this blog I wrote that starting a company is like falling in love - and it still is. Because being an entrepreneur means you don't want to do anything else. You can't imagine wasting another moment let alone a day of your life that doesn't make you happy. Yes you need savings, yes you need a fully thought out business plan and yes you keep your full time job with a steady paycheck for as long as you possibly can. But then at some point you realize you need to jump. Because anything short of that is stifling.
I'm waiting for the thrilling part to begin. Right now I just feel guilty that I've cheated life. I am sleeping, cooking, and reading more; spending more time with my children and still working on building what I believe will be a great company centered around a truly amazing line of products. The guilt is also mixed with fear - was this a brave move or is it the stupidest thing I have yet to do. Only time will tell. But there is something incredibly amazing about giving yourself the opportunity to pursue what first and foremost truly make you happy.
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Now, with a singular focus, it is much easier to get things accomplished and still have free time. I have always said I have the most incredible life- I just need more time to live it.
"Everyone can access parts of themselves that are great. I'm just a girl from New York City who decided to do this, after all. Rule the world! What's life worth living if you don't rule it?" Lady Gaga