I told people at work one-on-one that I am leaving to go start my own thing. I told them it was time for me to follow my dreams – to follow that little voice in my heart that has been telling me for so long to do my own thing. I had been ignoring that voice for the longest time.
I did everything I could to ignore that voice and bury it:
- I left Toronto to go travelling for a year at a time to ignore the voice. If I loved travelling so much, I couldn’t possibly build my own place in Toronto – it would interfere with travelling.
- I kept on getting new and different corporate roles so that the allure of money would somehow bury that voice inside of me.
- I told myself that most businesses fail anyways, so what’s the point? (this is an excuse used by many people to prevent them from going the entrepreneur route).
I’m sure there were other stupid ways I sabotaged myself. But when I knew it was time to get down to business and do it, it was time to do it. There was no doubt in my mind and I couldn’t kill myself on the inside by ignoring that voice anymore. I just could not do it anymore.
So I told everyone at work that I’m leaving and why.
Time and time again, I saw people’s faces and eyes light up. I could see the mental gears whirring. As they were thinking about their own lost and forgotten dreams that they had ignored all their lives. I could see they were wanting to believe in my dreams and in my hopes. So they could gather strength to maybe strike out on their own path.
I wanted to hug every single one of those people. I wanted to say, ‘You can do it, you can do it, you can do it!’
And I did.
The thing is that I used to think it’s selfish to awaken, and start doing my own thing. I thought it would be rude of me to focus solely on my dreams. It’s an evolutionary thing. We are taught to not stray far from our tribe otherwise we would be eaten by wolves or more currently, bankruptcy, and poverty.
But going through this experience has truly taught me one thing. We need more people to awaken and start following their dreams. It’s interesting how having one person in your group who’s awake and alive and conscious, causes other people in your group to start waking up as well.
It’s as if, seeing one person doing their thing, gives us permission to do the same thing.
So you are not being selfish when you do your own thing. You are not being foolish or rude or ignorant. You are actually making the world a better place. Not only for yourself, but for everyone who is in your circle. You are inspiring others to slowly start living their own amazing fulfilling lives.
If I have ensured that one other person in my group wakes up and starts working on their dreams stringently, I will know that I have not lived my life in vain. I will feel accomplished and joyful even more so.