Starting over... where to start? Well, starting with a diary (or blog) of how this journey from being an entrepreneur to a success unfolds felt appropriate. Plus, it helps hold me accountable I guess and gives me something to do when I need to vent. People tell me they enjoy my writing as well so I thought hell, why not!? Everyone and their grandmother has a blog these days so may as well jump on the bandwagon.
So, starting over. I guess I wanted to speak on this topic because a lot of people have asked me "why'd you quit your job to start your own business?". Well, one, I'm crazy. Two, I hated my job. Three, life's far too short to not attempt to make what you love your career. And this is what I love, nutrition, health, fitness, research, helping people, teaching people, all of it. Four, I really didn't like my job... nor did I enjoy working for people who didn't value me or value their customers/clients. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I want to give the people that invest in me the best possible service I can give. My previous company didn't share that value and, quite frankly, quitting my job was one of the best things I've done in a long, long time.
"Isn't it scary though?"... Yes and no. Yes, not having a secure financial income is daunting for a twenty something who has university, flat, bills and loan payments due in every month. Yes, not having a secure financial income does keep me awake some nights wondering if i'll ever be able to make enough money to buy my mum that retirement home in France she's always harped on about. And yes, not having a secure financial income becomes increasingly more stressful and scary when you see your peers succeeding within their career paths. On the other hand, it isn't all that scary. No, it wasn't scary the first time I realized that my success is predicated on my work ethic and my work ethic alone. No, it didn't bother me knowing that people will inevitably let you down and break promises more times than they'll surprise you or do what they said they will. No, it didn't scare me that I am my own boss and I have no one to answer to but myself and the intrinsic promises and principles I have made to do the utmost for my clients, family, friends and loved ones. But, most importantly, it didn't scare me to start over.
You see, this isn't the first time I've had to start over. In fact, I'd say I'd be reasonably well experienced in it. Be it starting over with my health, losing weight (I used to be BIGGGG), exercising etc. Be it moving country to a place I'd never been before to start a course I was unsure of (which was one of the best decisions I've ever made FYI). Be it having to start over when my whole world fell apart the morning (3:30am) my mum left a voicemail on my phone telling me "something terrible had happened" and I had to become more of a role model and work even harder for a family that had lost it's husband and Dad.
If anything, this isn't even that big a step for me based on my previous experiences. I don't really worry that much about my income to be honest. I love what I do. I love the people I work with. I love helping people. I love discovering new things and developing myself so as I can do a better job for my clients. I love the opportunities even if they don't always pan out. I love that one day I'll be in a financial situation that I'll be able to take care of my Mum and family. I love that this is all up to me. I love the work and I love the grind. I love knowing that one day there's a possibility I may finally feel I've made my Dad proud. I love this.
So, starting over... starting over is fun. I wish I had some jumble of words to write at the end of this to induce an epiphany in you but I'll leave you with this; If your'e thinking of starting something, anything, just go for it. Life's too short to not explore every avenue. Your're infinitely more capable than you give yourself credit for and the world is waiting for you to give life a real go. You never accomplish anything by wanting it. You accomplish everything by working for it.