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This reminds me of a quote I came across a number of years ago after I left my now-ex-husband (another big leap that required believing in myself): "How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." The quote is by Trina Paulus in Hope for the Flowers. That quote kept coming back to me as I made the career leap this summer. I did things to make it more secure: staying at my existing job until I had a big project ready, saving up money so we had a cushion in case things went poorly, etc. But there was definitely risk. Even though I know job security is basically a myth (I left Cisco right after they laid off 6500 people in a week), in some ways I'm more conscious of that risk now because I'm the one directly responsible for making things happen. I'm the one to choose which projects to pursue and which ones to turn down. I have to decide when to turn projects down even if I don't have a lot of other work lined up because it isn't the right fit for who I want to be now.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2011 on Pursuing Your Dream at The Bamboo Project
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I agree with all of your points, as I finally made the leap and quit my full time job in August. Yay! To Eileen's point though, I can only do this freelance work because my husband has a regular full-time job with health insurance. If he lost his job, I'd have no choice but to go back to a full time position. I think there is an aspect of personality fit here too. For example, I am really looking for variety and being able to work in my own environment, and I'm willing to deal with some of hassles of running the business side of things to get those benefits. My husband would hate running the business and marketing side of things though. Frankly, it wouldn't be a good fit for him. I wonder what will happen in the future as the economy shifts to people who really do thrive in the traditional environment. Will regular jobs still exist, or will they have to adapt just like people who used to work in factories have to reskill?
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