Little did I know it at the time, but reading this article back in March sparked a major change in me. Reading it made me realise there are other ways to live your life, and that other people were realising the same thing – it gave me the inspiration and motivation to be bold and make a change to my career and lifestyle.
10 months later, today I walked out my office door for the very last time, leaving behind some very fond memories and some even fonder friends. But I made that sacrifice in order to explore a new path, and craft the type of career and lifestyle I want.
Taking a creative risk and stepping off the status quo treadmill requires bravery. It demands embracing risk, and fighting the good fight to face your fears of financial doom without bailing at the first sign of discom- fort. The discomfort is just a test. It’s a test of your commitment and enthusiasm—a test of your endur- ance and how much you want it.
You don’t have to be great at the start, but you have to start to be great. It’s taken a lot of courage, discomfort, some sketchy moments, tears of excitement and anxiety, introspection, procrastination, a lot of faff and self doubt, but here I am: making a start.
There are times when you need to re-tailor an ill-fitting life. These are the times that will define you—the moments you seek out your dragons and slay them when they rise. This is the courage to be creative.