When is it Time to Take the Plunge?
“We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” – Thomas Edison
If you currently read this blog, there’s a chance you’re around the same place as me in life. You’re fine with where you’re at, but you know there’s a lot more out there for you. It’s exciting to think about, but at the end of the day, you find yourself getting ready for the same old routine the next day. Rinse and repeat.
A lot of this has to do with the fact that future is uncertain if you want to stray from your current path. There’s a feeling of safety and comfort that comes from knowing that each day you’ll go into your office, work a full day with the occasional half day or day off, and receive the predictable paycheck every two weeks. You know your spending limits. The vacation you have planned for two months from now? No problem. Your income is under control, and barring any catastrophes in your life, you know that in two months you’ll have the money to take that vacation.
Even for people who despise their jobs (I am not one of them – I merely “dislike” my job), the predictability and comfort that comes with the typical “9 to 5 grind” is enough to keep you from leaving your current path. Even if you change jobs (to another “typical” job) and things appear new and different at first, you find yourself back into a routine again with the same predictability.
I’m not saying any of this is a bad thing – for the majority of the workforce out there, this is not only sufficient, but it’s a satisfying way to live your life. You can still have goals and there is still a ladder for you to climb. Don’t equate “predictable job” with “dead-end job.”
But what if you’re not satisfied with this? You probably have an entrepreneurial mindset. As you know, that’s where I’m at. The difficult part is, it’s so easy to stay where you’re at if you’re not completely miserable. When is it time to stop dipping your toe into the water and just dive right in? I haven’t figured this out yet. I’m inclined to wade slowly through the shallow end and slowly make my way in. I like to think I’m one of the few people who isn’t afraid of being fired/laid off – in fact, it would excite me. It would make my life easier by forcing me to stop procrastinating.
I realize this post has no conclusion – it’s more of a general rambling, but something I’ve given a lot of thought to lately. Eventually I need to just rip off the band-aid with one swift motion, but right now I’m comfortable with it on. However, it’s a matter of when, not if.