Pursuing Passion


“When are you getting laid off?”

“Well… if all goes well, it’ll be at the end of the month!”

It’s not often you’ll run into someone who wants to lose their job. And yet, at the moment, I’m working with a dynamic, energetic young woman who want to do exactly that.

Why does she want to lose her job?

Because she works for a large monolithic organization that offers job security, a six-figure income, and an incredible array of employee benefits.

Oh, there’s one other thing the job offers, at least for my client. Boredom.

Yes, after all too many years in a bureaucratic, inflexible office, my client is making the jump. She’s jumping from a strict, structured and formalized work environment to the fast-paced, think-for-yourself world of entrepreneurship.

Everybody’s telling her she’s crazy, too. Maybe you think so as well. After all, leaving a cocooned, protected and well-paid position is not something that most of us are ready to do.  And as we’ve worked together these past few weeks, preparing cash flow, and revenue and expense forecasts, we’ve had many philosophical discussions about business and money and success.

I’ll admit that, more than once, I asked her if she was sure that she wanted to do this.

Her answer is always the same. With a sparkle in her eyes, and all the energy she can muster, she tells me, “I have to do it. It’s my passion. If I don’t do this, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.”

Just yesterday, driving back from our meeting, it dawned on me. She’s living the life that the protagonist in my philosophical novel oh-so-desperately wants to live.

And for that, I salute her.