Yes folks. It’s true.
After six years of university, 3 years of full-time employment, and countless hours of study to finally become a registered architect, I’m leaving it all behind and embarking on my Quest For World Domination (AKA pursuing my passion).
I’ve learned a lot about myself over the last few months. One of them is that I love working for myself. I am much more motivated, I get more done and I love the freedom it brings. And I get to focus on stuff that makes me truly happy. Doing the podcast and this blog have helped me discover that, and now I want to take them both to the next level.
Which also means – going overseas!!
I’ve had (well, I sought out) an opportunity to live in New York City for a few months. There’s nothing holding me back here, so I thought, why not? What better place to hang out, meet people, and just enjoy? I’m off in just under two weeks, and yes, I’m a little bit excited.
Generally, the first question people ask is: “Have you got a job lined up?” And my answer is no; in fact I want to avoid getting a “job”, unless it happens to be an outrageously cool, once-in-a-lifetime thing (which actually isn’t out of the realms of possibility, considering it is NYC!)
So if I have no job, what will I actually do? I’ll continue with the podcast, I’ll keep blogging, I’ll meet a tonne of people, network my butt off, become a Twitter ninja, and learn as much as I can. (Oh, and maybe I’ll eat a few bagels, jog the High Line and cycle around with a GoPro to inspire y’all to come and visit!) In terms of actually making some moolah: I’ve got some ideas for the websites up my sleeve. It’s going to be hard work, but I know that when the time is right, the money will come.
So this is a massive step for me, but one that I have no fear of taking. I know some people think I’m taking a huge risk, leaving a good, secure job behind in an unstable economy. I used to think that too.
But now my attitude is: what am I risking if I don’t go?
I’m risking years of my life not doing what I love.
I’m risking missing out on new opportunities.
And I’m risking not reaching my full potential.
I know I have a lot to offer, and taking this leap is going to force me to see how far I can push myself.
I don’t know how long I’ll be away for. And I don’t know where I’ll end up. But I believe that any step I take will lead me towards something truly remarkable.
I’ll just have to see where my courage takes me. Yee-ha!
I believe Mr Fortune Cookie. If you want to make a change or pursue something new, the only wrong step you will take is the one you don’t take at all. Sure, it may sound risky, but what are you risking by NOT taking action? Just some food for thought!