You don’t need their approval

The day I announced to my-coworkers at my old job that I was leaving my 9 to 5 to start Pivot Adventure, many said, “Wow, that’s amazing” to my face. I found out later that most of them said another behind my back.

They thought I was crazy, and that it would never work, that it has never been done before.

The truth is, the ship is never going to feel close enough to the dock. No one knows what will work, what will go viral. No one has a crystal ball. And we are terrible at predicting what happens next.

I spent over a year preparing for that step. Waking up early and going to bed late to prepare for every scenario. Getting out of debt and saving every penny. All that was left was the guts to take it.

(I didn’t know that it was going to take six months before I make my first dollar. If I did, I probably would have been too scared to do it. Perhaps, I would still be at my old job wishing I would have tried.)

The thing is, most people will play it safe. Most people prefer to be told what to do next. They want the simple set of instructions. That doesn’t have to be you.

It doesn’t mean we need to push all our chips in. No, quite the opposite. Be calculated, be realistic, have enough to start.

Build a resilient system.

Then go.

Stop living below your potential.

Making sensible decisions means never taking risks. Living to you potential means risk and emotional exposure.

It might not work. But…it might too.