I have said before to go for it.
But this makes me think about worst-case-scenario thinking.
I mean, the mental exercise of asking what is the worst thing that could happen – and would that really be so bad?
In most cases, I believe the answer is no.
Take something big like losing a job for most of us.
You get let go at work:
- Maybe you can find a comparable job elsewhere?
- Maybe you find a lower paying job elsewhere?
- Maybe your spouse has to go back to work?
- Maybe you cancel cable and mow your own lawn?
- Maybe you take your kids out of private school?
- Maybe you have to sell or down-size your home?
- Maybe you have to move in with your parents, or the in-laws?
- Maybe you have to get a second job?
Maybe. Just maybe, the worst case, on a number of different things, might not be as bad as we think.
So here is the question: If that is the case, what freedom can be found in that realization?
“You’re thirty-four and you’ve always wanted to work for yourself,” she’d told me. “Make that your goal and go do it. You’ve got a good education. That’ll always stay with you. The worst that can happen is that you’ll go bust and go back to doing what you’re doing now, being a securities analyst.”