Updated: August 23, 2020
Six years ago, I tendered my resignation letter for the very last time.
I say that it was “the very last time” because I’ve made up my mind that I’m leaving the corporate world for good.
It wasn’t because I am tired of working, nor I hated my job. But quite simply, I decided that it was time for me to discover the world of freelancing and entrepreneurship.
I must admit that it was one of the scariest things I ever did. It felt like I was jumping off a luxury cruise ship for a small fishing boat, where I’ll be alone tending for myself and finding ways to survive the vast ocean.
Nevertheless, despite the fear in me, I knew I had to do it back then or I’ll never going to have another chance.
But what made me decide to do it? Wasn’t I aware of the risks? Wasn’t I afraid to fail?
Jumping off the boat
Honestly, I didn’t know how much risk was really involved in my decision until a few weeks after I resigned. Since I’ve done several freelance work before, I thought that the transition wouldn’t be so hard. And earning money wouldn’t be a problem.
Also, I didn’t think that my new business was going to fail. Yes, I was afraid, but the idea of being a miserable failure in the end never crossed my mind.
I knew it would be hard but I did my best to banish the idea that I would end up with negative net worth. That I’d be living off an allowance from my parents while I look for a new job that will take me back to the corporate world.
Fast forward to today, I look back and see how far I’ve gone since jumping off to that small fishing boat. Thankfully, I have managed to survive several years without a paycheck and I plan to survive the rest of my life without one.
And as I recall those years when I struggled to get to where I am today. I realize that there were several times that I failed.
Miserable failures that sent credit card collection agencies after me, weeks of asking my parents for money, and a couple of businesses closed down because they simply didn’t make any money.
And in all those times, I learned that optimism is not about believing you wouldn’t fail, but believing that you can get back up and try again when you fail.
The journey towards financial freedom is difficult and risky. That’s why not many people want to do it. But one has to get over that fear and be willing to fail if you want to succeed.
In my experience, I learned that indeed, the worst-case scenario can happen. But it’s usually not as bad as I thought it would be. And tomorrow is always an opportunity to start again.