I’ve had alot of emails from people who are in corporate or company positions who are facing the loss of a job or deeply want to leave their job but fear being able to make a living in their own business.
Many are earning six figure salaries or multi-six figure salaries plus the benefits, and sometimes nice perks and bonuses, that go along with these salaries. It is difficult to walk away from this kind of security, right?
Well, I ask them, “How much security do you really have? Is it possible that your company might restructure, or eliminate your position? Will your company be bought or will your firm be merged? How solid financially is your company or your department?”
Recently, I had a conversation with a long-time colleague and former client. During our chat, it came out!
He had ALWAYS wanted to have his own thing, his own business but never had the courage to give up the sure salary he had to go off on his own. Now he is in his mid-50’s and he knows he’s going no further in his company. The handwriting is on the wall – someone younger is going to be promoted over him. What’s next for him in this position? Not much.
But what stops most of us from living our dream? Or from not taking action soon enough in our career.
That four letter word: FEAR.
We fear that we won’t be able to make a living. We fear we don’t have anything to offer outside of our position.
We fear that we’re not good enough, or strong enough, or don’t have the right degrees.
What’s really stopping YOU?
If I waved a magic wand over you right now and guaranteed you would replace your six figure salary (or 6 figure salary) within a year, what would you do about your career?
I was there, so I truly understand.
There are three things to do:
1. Make a DECISION – no kidding and no retreat
2. Take stock of what you love to do and what you’re excellent at (this often requires the outside input of a great mentor or coach because often we are not able to be objective).
3. Don’t think, act. This means you start wherever you are and you begin on putting some ideas into action. You can always course correct. Too often we want to write perfect business plans. Do you know what happens with 95% of business plans? That’s right they sit on the shelf gathering dust.
You do need your idea and strategy, but much more important is your decision and desire to make this change in your life, and really stay with it no matter what.
The world could be missing out on your brilliant idea, product or service. Life is not a dress rehearsal, as they say.
You really have your next six-figure life waiting for you, only this time you can’t get a pink slip.