The fear of failure is something that holds so many people back from their dreams, from doing the things they know will bring them happiness. I was never good at most of the jobs I took, financial analysis and economics just weren’t my thing. Those jobs didn’t make me happy bit I believe they could give me the things that would make me happy, money, prestige and stuff, lots and lots of stuff.

I read a book during my first year of business school called “The Start Up Of You” which taught me a couple of things about risk. One is that everything in your professional life carries some form of risk, and that one of those risks is staying in the same job, going to the same office, doing the same thing, day after day, month after month, year after year. If you are not inspired by that work you are not motivated to learn, to work harder or to grow, you are literally holding yourself back while the rest of the world is moving forward and that is one of the biggest risks you can take.

The second lesson with risk is truly understanding how big my risk is. If I am quitting my job to do something I am good at, something I am passionate about, and something I know others will value those are things that will minimize my risk. If I have family and friends who support me, who will help me when times get hard, that is something that will minimize my risk. If I promise myself to work harder that I ever work before for myself and my family, that mindset and work ethic is something that will minimize my risk.

I am writing this because it has been almost a year since I decided to leave my job to pursue writing and presenting. It has been one of the scariest but most fulfilling journey so far. I still have worries but I let my passion and dedication drown those worries, but on those hard days I remind myself of one thing that Jim Carrey said during a speech “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love”. After listening to those words I don’t fear failure, I feared never taking the chance.