Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Burn Your Ship...Telling Your Family about the Jump

I have started telling my friends and family about my jump. It feels different for me. A great friend of mine texted me last night and asked how I was doing. He hadn't heard from me in awhile so I made sure I responded quick. Not always a strength of mine. He checked in because in the past you never knew what pile of shit I would step in. It was either money issues, losing jobs, or whatever.

 I told him that I was leaving my job to start a business. He was very happy to hear it which made me happy. Once you put yourself out there and make a commitment to do a business, or a project nobody wants to turn around and say you didn't do it.

I certainly don't want to be that guy. I didn't tell family until I was sure I was ready to do it. Now that we have several cards designed and a game book written I feel comfortable taking that step. It's funny that I gave my job notice before I had told many family members.

The more pressure you put on yourself to make the jump work the better. If you are serious about starting a business put yourself out there because it makes your more focused. At least it should. Unless your word means nothing and then nobody will believe you anyway. There is an old story sometimes equated to Alexander the Great that he invaded a country and ordered his army to burn the ships. He said that either we win the battle and leave on their ships or we perish.
That's a story that has helped shape decisions I have made that have worked for me. Even small decisions. Leave yourself no choice but to succeed.


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