Death by Status Quo
I’m writing this on a flight between Los Angeles and New York, with a stop in Dallas. Why? I need the miles to retain my frequent-flyer status with American Airlines.
Last week, I did the same flight, except it was between Hawaii and New York.
The week before, it was Tampa and New York.
It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’ve never been more productive.
A little over 2 months ago, I left my last full-time job to pursue PaLaCart. It was time to give up my last roots to a tradition that has been expected of people for a very long time.
And I couldn’t be happier. PaLaCart has raised a significant amount of money since then. I’ve traveled to Ecuador, Tampa, Hawaii and Los Angeles over the past few weeks and a few more trips coming up shortly.
During this process, I’ve also cut down most non-essential activities and responsibilities to focus on the company and to help other entrepreneurs grow their businesses. As Twitter would say, it’s the #bestjobever.
But – this isn’t a post about my company or a change in lifestyle. It’s about uncertainty and how people deal with changes. As I’ve gone from entertainment to advertising to entrepreneurship, I’ve had the privilege of working with and knowing so many talented people. But, they’re terrified of pursuing their dreams. It’s natural. It took me years to rip off the band-aid. You may not be successful on the first try, but the perspective gained is far more valuable than any form of professional education.
Death by status-quo is the worst form of regret and the worst way to live life. If you have an idea – go out and pursue it. I promise you that the experiences – regardless of the end result.