The wonderful thing about the digital age in which we live is the vast amounts of knowledge available to us via the Internet. Unfortunately, sometimes we miss out on valuable resources simply because we haven’t had the opportunity to hear about them unless a friend or business associate happens to mention one in conversation.
That’s’ why we’re giving a little shout out about the website When to Jump, an awesome online community dedicated to exploring the stories of people who have made the jump to something they really wanted to do.
According to the site, at least 51% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs yet many don’t leave because the risks seem to outweigh the reward. When to Jump founder, Mike Lewis, was one of those people yearning for something more than what Corporate America could offer him.
In an interview with DreamJobbing, Mike said that the more he spoke with people about the journey he was on, the more he realized how many people were traveling down the same road. That’s when he started collecting the stories of others who had taken a risk in pursuit of their own passions. “I got to a place where I felt like if I didn’t jump then I never would”, said Mike, “and it was the stories of others who helped me make that step.”
Like Mike, you just can’t help but be inspired by videos like this one about a 22-year veteran lawyer who gave up her prestigious job to start a bakery. Check it out:
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Don’t worry if you don’t have the skills you feel are necessary to make your dream happen. As Copyblogger says, “You can learn anything nowadays, usually for free…All the knowledge in the world is literally at our fingertips.”
Take Helene Godin, from the video, who described her lack of baking skills as being like “standing naked on main street.” She felt completely vulnerable because she was starting from ground zero with NO knowledge whatsoever of how to bake.
But what she did possess was the ability to learn and adapt, or evolve, as Copyblogger put it. Helene studied every nuance of baking until she gained a good grasp of her new career. And boy, did it pay off. Today, customers travel from miles around to buy her baked goods.
Mike is careful to advise potential entrepreneurs not to let fears hold them back. “Before you jump you can’t plan every single detail out and you’ll never know all of the knowns. There’s always a reason not to jump.”
While “doing what’s uncertain and risky isn’t easy,” says Copyblogger, “people who dare to do it are rewarded.” As our lawyer turned baker said, “…I built this myself. That’s really, really satisfying.”