What helped me take the jump was signing on for 6 weeks as an SCA leader guiding 12 Baltimore high school students in digging trails and building a bridge in the woods of Leakin Park. Do I think doing this start-up thing is tough now? Sure. But not as tough as getting 12 inner city kids into the 'scary' woods with sharp tools and asking them to get dirty without hurting themselves. What a fun yet stressful challenge. High power execs have nothing on a group of teens! But after 6 weeks, we had a trail, a bridge, and some amazing memories. All 12 students were still coming to the site every day, no one lost a limb, and I managed to hold on to my sanity.
While I'm still finding my way, I have at least surfaced. I am very grateful to all of the people and clients who have supported me along the way and continue to keep me afloat. For those of you who have taken the plunge, you have my respect and well wishes. For those of you thinking about it? All I can say is, comfort zones are adaptable and have the ability to grow. Start with one conversation - you never know where it will lead you. And in the words of Tom Robbins, "You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans."