Why Not Jump In With Both Feet?
Over the years, I've found that every time I close my eyes and jump in with both feet, great things follow.
For example, in 2003 I traveled to London to visit my friend Lisa and fell in love with the city. Everything about it felt like home, so like any sane person would, I made the decision to move across the pond.
It took me 6 months to apply for the Highly Skilled Migrant Professional Visa and when I got the news that I had been accepted I was elated. I was moving to London! A different country! With no job and no money!
Needless to say, I had a lot of close friends and family tell me I was making a terrible decision. A huge raise was waiting for me if I moved back to NYC and no one could understand why I would do something so risky and impulsive.
My gut, however, begged to differ and routed me on every step of the way. I knew in my heart it would be ok. If Gwyneth could do it, so could I. I would find my Chris Martin and live happily ever after damn it. (Luckily, my story doesn't end with a conscious uncoupling.)
Luckily, it all worked out. Within 2 weeks of moving I landed a job at Grey London as an Art Director. 4 years later I went to Saatchi & Saatchi as a Creative Director. I met my husband, bought a house, had a baby, and started my own business. None of this wouldn’t have happened if I had listened to those close to me. Instead, I closed my eyes and went for it and I never looked back.
Being afraid to take risks affects a lot of things in our lives. We don’t launch our business until everything is perfect. We spend massive amounts of time hating our jobs but don’t do anything about it. We dream about the life we want but never take the first step toward grabbing it by you know what.
So ask yourself, “what’s the worst thing that could happen?" Most of the time, the worst case scenario isn't that bad. If it is, reconsider, but otherwise, let’s jump into everything we do with both feet.
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