The status quo is the simplest thing to do. Being content somewhere you’re not meant to be is not a challenge. It’s like waiting for Publisher’s Clearing House to come knocking on the door rather than trying to find your niche to make your unique mark on the world. Good things happen to those that live in the status quo. Great things happen to those who try.
It freaked me out when I left my first job right after I finished college. I was moving on to another position at another company, but it was a startup and I didn’t know how long it would last. The people at my former gig pushed me to start pursuing consulting. They all were running their own web consulting businesses on the side and were older than I was. I definitely felt like I wasn’t cut out for that lifestyle. I was just out of college – there was no way I could start up a business and provide jobs for other people later down the road. That path was for people who had “an idea for an app” and could go out there and pitch to the wealthy investors of Shark Tank. Definitely not me.
But I took the leap. Within three months of leaving that job, I went ahead and registered for my first LLC – Christopher LaFay Consulting (genius name, I know). Even though I felt like I was biting off more than I could chew, I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be. After some time past, one new project every couple of months turned into a new project each month (and so on).
And it was because I surrounded myself with people who pushed me over boundaries of my comfort zone. If I didn’t listen to my friends and family who told me to go after the prize of being an entrepreneur, I would have never registered for an LLC, never signed on a contractor to help get a project done, never gotten that first testimonial on Google, never had a “First Employee” and the list goes on. Now I get to live the dream of an entrepreneur – I get to work with people I call my friends on a daily basis – and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.