Leaving the corporate world to go out on my own was a life changing experience. I remain grateful to all the mentors I had the pleasure of working with during my time in a traditional role, as their guidance has proven to be invaluable. My corporate experience also has undoubtedly excelled me in all of my independent ventures. Over the last two years I've gained some instrumental knowledge, but have also faced some harsh realities that come along with being an entrepreneur.
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Here are the most valuable lessons I've learned along my journey so far:
- You're never too old to follow your dreams or make a change. Whenever I discussed my dreams of being a writer with old co-workers, I'd always preface my conversation with: In another life I would have been a writer. I essentially had already closed the book on that dream. I thought I was too old, even only being in my late thirties. I had a family who depended on my income, and I had already spent the previous 13 years climbing up the ladder in my current industry. Why on earth would I leave that stability? Because eventually in order to feel fulfilled -- I had to. Dreams do not actualize without you daring to dream in the first place. Life truly is too short, and there is no better time than the present. Once I did jump, I realized my story was not so unique after all. People take this sort of leap of faith every day -- and so can you.
As an entrepreneur you'll work harder than you ever did before, but the difference is you're working toward your dreams -- not someone else's. Ultimately, the sacrifice is worth it.