i adopted the mantra "i will fly, or i will fail, both have the power to serve me," a few years ago when i was working a 9-5 with a best-selling book out, hating my job, wanting to quit but not knowing how...not having the confidence to leave behind comfort and journey freely into the world of what my heart wanted, and living that way was beyond difficult.
when i finally decided to part ways from the traditional workplace and embark on my creative career as an author and maker, i grew wings almost instantly. i freed myself from the fear of falling flat on my face and started believing that flying was an option too (to put this into perspective, it took over five years). despite the negative voices around me saying "no you can't!", and regardless of my self-doubt agreeing and saying "they are right," i chose freedom. and for me, that meant doing what i loved for a living. i haven't looked back since.
life lesson(s) 101: we have choices. don't be silenced by staying stuck. work for it while you wait for it.
i prepared for my life as an entrepreneur. it wasn't just an up and quit thing. it was years of unhappiness, back and forth, uncertainty, etc. however, when i made the commitment to myself that i was going to build a life for my daughter and i that i was proud of, nothing could get in my way. before leaving my job, i made sure i had money saved, just in case things went south. i made sure that i was ready to work harder than i ever had before. i made sure i was prepared to fly and unafraid of the possibility of failure—because, well, failing happens. but lessons can be learned when things don't go right—and that, to me, helps builds success.