Today I make my big leap. I’m trusting that the zen wisdom in the quote above will prove true.
I’ve been employed in the field of higher education full time (sometimes MORE than full-time) pretty much without a break for almost 25 years. Working in higher ed has been rewarding in many, many ways. There’s a lot to be said for the professional challenges and stimulating intellectual colleagues of academe — not to mention the steady paychecks, health benefits, paid vacations, holidays, sick time, generous contributions to retirement accounts, etc., etc.
But today I choose to leave all that behind. Today is my last day of job security. Today I leap into the world of entrepreneurship. After a lifetime of working for other people, as of tomorrow I will officially be self-employed (which some people seem to think is a euphemism for UNemployed). As you can imagine, I have very mixed feelings about all of this.
It’s not a complete leap of blind faith, however. I’ve put 4 years into preparing for this drastic life change. I have plans in place, some big dreams, and an exit strategy, if it comes to that. So I’ve created my own net, of sorts. But it still feels like a leap into the unknown.
People tell me that it takes guts to walk away from the field I spent 8 years training for and most of my adult life working in. I seem brave to some, foolhardy to others. I may have guts, but my guts have butterflies.
But I’m also very excited, because I have found my passion, work that fascinates and challenges and sustains me like no other. And just as important for an INFP like me, I believe in its potential to add value to people’s lives. Embarking on a building or remodeling project can be a big question mark — a big EXPENSIVE question mark — and my visualization and rendering services can help provide a bit more security and peace of mind in a process fraught with tension and uncertainty.