Every night, sometimes several times a night, customers (usually in their late 20s/30s) ask us questions about our experience and confess they have been thinking about doing the same thing for years. Their situation sound really, really familiar. Although it sometimes happens with elder people, most of them 90% perhaps, are “millennials”, just like us. Their motivation is very close from one individual to another. Except for rare occasions, it is linked with their current professional situation. The most frequent reasons we hear for a massive change of life are the lack of purpose and consideration at work, very few of them complain about their paycheck.
Lots of people would like to do the big jump, but very few actually take the decision. Change is scary by nature, it brings you out of your comfort zone, and this change isn’t a small one. Some of them think it is too complicated, too expensive or just too risky. I believe our fears, although we should not let them freeze our confidence and our projects, are to be listened to and considered seriously. They are usually here for a good reason.
I genuinely believe it is feasible and as I wrote in the Blog’s introduction, we’re no superheroes, if we did it, you should be able to do so, too. I am not going to give a motivational speech about the fact that you should believe in yourself and go ahead because you have the ability to do it. Yes you do, I am pretty sure everyone does. But the real point of this post is not about “can you do it?” but more something like “should you do it?”, or “do you really want to do it”?
As I wrote one the introduction post, our story started from a joke. We kept that silly project in mind for a couple of year, not really being serious about it, and pretty sure it was not possible anyway. I wrote that we made the decision when a friend of mine opened my eyes by reminding me I was on a strange path, staying in a job that bored me for the material comfort of it, whereas I was not even 30. But that may not have been as simple as that.
That was the stimulus that changed everything and made us consider the project as something serious. But looking back, I believe the decision to give it a go was actually a longer process. We’re talking about a big change here, not questioning if we should change the color of a wall or not. It was going to affect our everyday life for a while, maybe for the rest of our lives and it was worth considering several factors before giving it a go. We are very rational people, not the kind of persons acting and then seeing what happens, we really like to have everything under control (or at least to believe we have control over a decent number of factors). Luckily, Lorraine is very organized, she is the lists, checklists, pros and cons charts kind of person. Don’t tell her I said that, because sometimes I feel like it is a waste of time, but that’s actually really helpful.