There’s a well-known scene from Friends when Rachel finally decides to get ‘the fear’ and quits her waitress job to pursue fashion. ‘The fear’, is a driving force to get your ass into gear and do what you set out to do. For Rachel, the lack of a job, and the security it provided would give her the motivation she needed to go out and find a job she really wanted. Because sending out good thoughts aren’t enough if we want to create a change.
It’s understandable why Rachel is hesitant at first to take such a huge risk, there was no guarantee that she would find a better job. Like Rachel, most people are risk-averse. We are reluctant to do something that has an uncertain outcome, we would prefer to stick to something that is more certain and concrete, even if there is a greater reward from the greater risk.
Nevertheless, sometimes it’s necessary to take risks even when we are afraid of the outcomes. When we look at the bigger picture that is life, everything can be seen as a gamble. We are living in our very own ‘choose your own adventure’ story, where every decision we make can take us down a very different path. Yes, even choosing what to eat for breakfast! But you can’t go through life, not doing things because you don’t know what might happen. That’s surviving, not living.
It’s better to get things done than to always be dreaming and sleeping on yourself!
In my posts, I always try and live what I preach… so recently, I took a huge risk.
I realised how much I enjoy writing these blog posts, and all the positive feedback I’ve been receiving didn’t hurt either. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but this is the first time I’ve ever seriously written material that wasn’t fiction. I didn’t know if I would be good at it, and I didn’t know if anyone would even read it! But I did it anyway, and I am so thankful I did and I feel so blessed that I have been able to help some people along the way too. Which is why I have decided to turn it into a career. I’m going to continue writing long after my ‘gap year’ is over, with the hopes of getting a few commissions along the way as I keep building my portfolio.
Originally, my plan was to go down the HR route because it would provide a space for me to turn my blog posts into a reality, and actually help people on their development journey. But the more I thought about it, the more it became apparent that HR wouldn’t be right for me. It would have taken many years before I would get to where I wanted to be. It [HR] was the safe and secure choice, because there’s graduate schemes and a clear path to follow. Whereas, content writing and social media is constantly evolving as a field, there is no one way to go. I would be carving out my own path, and creating my own future. Which is scary but very exciting at the same time.
Despite the nerves, I’m willing to take a risk on myself because I believe in my abilities and whenever I set out to do something, I put everything into it.
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Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there – Theodore Roosevelt
Article photo by Casey Horner