Thankfully, I have done a lot of stupid things in my life so leaping away from a 20-year and highly successful real estate career to get out on thin-ice, test my hypotheses, and re-discover my inner “creator” is not the dumbest thing I have ever done. Some days I wonder. Most days I toast myself with a delicious adult beverage and thank my good fortune that I was brave enough and able to take that leap.
Let’s face it, no matter how much we save and plan, not everyone can leave a lucrative job to explore anything…much less some crazy hypotheses. There is always risk. Shit happens to and because of us.
Sure, I work hard, but I’m far too realistic (and familiar with the attribution bias) to think that my successes are only due to my hard work. If I did think that, I would also have to take far too much responsibility for my many failures. I’d hate that.
I do, however, highly recommend leaping out of the rut (quicksand?) of your life and onto the thin-ice. This may not mean completely leaving the security of your big-girl job, but it may very well mean that.
Although leaping onto thin-ice will always inspire you, this is neither an inspirational nor selfy-helpy suggestion. This is a business suggestion…that might help you in more ways than you can image. Start with curiosity about a business, culture or people that you don’t know and don’t really understand. For advanced studies, start with a business, culture or people (political group?) you disagree with. I call this cross-pollination.
Tip: A magazine store is an even better place to cross-pollinate than the internet.
Follow your curiosity. Then take your leap.
The reason I can claim this is that the part of my hypothesis that involves cross-pollination has advanced into the realm of theory. Following your curiosity into the lives of new people, industries, cultures, counter-cultures and sub-cultures will land you smack in the fertile soil where you will find the seeds for your next great idea.