Most of us have heard the saying “You’re one decision away from a totally different life;” while that’s true, what the self-help pundits don’t tell you is you might not be the one making the decision.
Twice in my career, I have had that life altering decision made for me. Nearly 15 years ago, while I was the 2nd Vice President, in the 104 year history of the company, the ownership asked me to “look the other way.” When I refused, I was dismissed. Fast forward to a couple of years ago, after 10 years in a CFO/CIO role, the company lost several large contracts and the entire management team stopped getting paid.
I don’t give you this history to provoke feelings of pity. I give you this history as a backdrop to tell you the overarching truth: sometimes you need a little push to help you grow into the person God has designed you to be. You see, while those times in my life were extremely difficult and made me question my purpose, my abilities, and my faith; however, as I look back now, those “decisions” proved to be jumping off points for tremendous personal, professional, and spiritual growth.
The most recent “decision” pushed me to re-evaluate my goals and look inwardly at the passions in my heart. I always felt like owning my own business was what I wanted to do, but fear, comfort, and complacency (and mortgages, college tuition, etc.) kept me from making the leap.
Because I didn't let fear win, I am now the owner of Advocatus Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping business owners thrive. Advocatus is Latin for helper, counselor, and friend; those terms define what I am for my clients.
Is it scary?
Are there times when things are financially tight?
Do I regret starting my own business versus looking for another 9 -5?
I love what I do. I love helping companies “do what they do better.” I love the look on an owner’s face when he/she sees the results of our collective efforts.
I love it when people say, “thank you for saving my business.”
So, take the risk.
Follow your passion.
As Mark Batterson says: “Dream God-sized dreams. Work like it depends on you and pray like it depends on God.”
Go for it!