Wanna Break Free?

All the time I see the posts on LinkedIn, urging people to quit their day job and follow their dreams. Before you do that, here are some points to consider. 

The Reason You Haven't Done It Yet is That It's Risky

We all have dreams and aspirations. There are things we want to do or achieve, but we hesitate because we fear the risks involved. Whether it's starting a business, pursuing a new career, or traveling the world, the fear of failure can be paralyzing. But is risk really a good enough reason not to pursue our dreams?

Calculate Your Risk

When faced with a potentially risky decision, it's essential to calculate your risk. Take the time to research and analyze the potential consequences of your actions. Consider the financial impact, the time investment, and the possible outcomes. You may find that the risk is not as significant as you initially thought. Alternatively, you may realize that the potential reward outweighs the risk.

Don't Believe the Hype

As I have said, there's a lot of hype around quitting your job to pursue your dream job or starting your own business. While it's true that many successful entrepreneurs have taken this path, it's not a guarantee of success. The reality is that starting a business is incredibly challenging, and the failure rate is high. So before you quit your job, think it through. Consider whether you have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to succeed. 

Think It Through

It's crucial to think things through before making any significant life changes. Don't make a rash decision based on emotions or impulses. Instead, take the time to consider your options and plan accordingly. Make a list of the pros and cons, talk to people who have been in similar situations, and seek advice from experts in your field. By doing so, you'll be better equipped to make an informed decision.

Make Preparations

If you do decide to take the plunge and pursue your dreams, make sure you're adequately prepared. This may involve taking courses, acquiring new skills, building a network, or securing funding. Don't expect things to fall into place magically. Instead, take proactive steps to increase your chances of success.

Confirmation Bias

Finally, I want to emphasize the danger of confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms one's pre-existing beliefs. In the context of pursuing your dreams, it means that we may only seek out information that supports our decision to take a risk. We may ignore evidence that suggests the risk is too great or the reward too uncertain. To avoid confirmation bias, seek out a variety of perspectives and opinions. Remember, very few people write blog posts (that become popular) about having failed unequivocally, and returning to their old job, only more in debt. 

In conclusion, the reason you haven't pursued your dreams may be that it's risky. But risk is not a good enough reason not to try. By calculating your risk, thinking it through, and making preparations, you can increase your chances of success. And remember, failure is not the end of the world. It's an opportunity to learn and grow. Just take your time and work out the logistics ahead of time.

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