Although it feels like yesterday it was 10 years ago almost to this day that I made the change. I graduated college in 2001 and started my first and last job as a school teacher at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA. Two years later I made a decision that was highly scrutinized by those around me. However, I knew that the decision to start a career in real estate was one that I had to take.
I was suddenly inundated with comments similar to these. Maybe you have heard them before?
How can you leave a sure thing?
You are leaving a great retirement system.
What about your summers off? You are going to miss this!
You have no experience in real estate.
What about the education you worked so hard to get? Don’t just throw that away!
THIS IS TOO RISKY!
Man am I glad that I didn’t listen to them! You see, I had a dream! A passion to pursue something great and I was not going to let doubt or fear keep me from pursuing it! They were right; I had no experience in real estate and have no family history in the field for that matter. Yes I had to leave a retirement system, but what was I really leaving? And about those summers off, well I had to work all summer just to be able to do the things I wanted, so it didn’t really matter. All of these, however, are insignificant compared to the last statement: THIS IS TOO RISKY! Let me tell you what is risky…
Getting to the end of your life and knowing you never really shot for the stars.
Trading hours for dollars 5 to 6 days a week just to get to retirement only to realize that all those years of work allow you to retire on a very limited budget.
Putting your heart and soul into a career that is suddenly ended because you are laid off or the company is shut down.
Having more faith in your employer than in your own ability to provide for yourself.
Trading the best years of your life for work so you can retire when you can’t truly enjoy it.
Getting to retirement and realizing you need to work a couple more years in order to get the health care benefits you need to make ends meet.
If chasing your dream is risky than I LOVE RISK! If putting my head on the pillow at night knowing that I am living my life and not someone else’s is risky than I LOVE RISK! If stepping out and experiencing failure, knowing that the worst case is going back to your current type of employment is risky, then I LOVE RISK!
You see the greatest risk in my life is to reflect back on my death bed and realize that I didn’t give it my all, that I failed to chase my passions. That I chose not to risk the safety of the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary! I have a question for you: Do you LOVE RISK? Are you willing to pursue your dreams, find your purpose and risk the ordinary? If you are, then no matter the outcome, failure or success, you will never have to face the greatest risk in life: the risk of not giving it all you have and living your passion!
What are the things that are holding you back from taking risks to pursue your dreams? What are some ways that you can eliminate these things? Click here to leave a reply.