It took me 20 years in the corporate world before I started my own business. I probably should have started it a decade ago, but there was always a reason why 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 just weren’t the right time.
No one would want what I was offering.
I didn’t have enough experience.
I had too many bills.
I was getting married.
I had kids.
I was tired.
But I also had stress, frustration and a nagging feeling that I was meant to be doing something else. I went from job to job, always seeming to move on after a short time. I thought it must be the job, the boss, the commute.
But then I realized that it was me. I wasn’t supposed to be there, doing that work.
Maybe you’re reading this and are experiencing that same nagging feeling. If so, I’d recommend listening to that voice inside your head and doing something about it.
The best things in life are always a little terrifying at first. A first date. Your first child. Your first road race. And you can add starting a business to that list. But once the initial fear subsides, you often find new reserves of joy that you never imagined were there.
The good news, too, is that you never have to do it alone. There are lots of people who were where you are right now. They can help you, mentor you, guide you.
But however you do it, whatever your unique path in getting to this moment, don’t drown out that small voice telling you there’s something else for you in this world.
Just start. Then you can figure out the rest.
This post originally appeared on my LinkedIn blog.