We often hear about how important it is to keep evolving as entrepreneurs. Whether it’s finding that next big venture or choosing to accept a job with a startup in another state, starting something new can come with some trepidation. (And for good reason.) But it’s also a chance to experience a new kind of life and embrace the unexpected.
I’ve been thinking more about this lately, as I’m about to start something new myself. I’m leaving Nashville and moving to California in a few weeks. While I’ve known this was coming for a few months, it’s gotten to the “Oh, crap. This is happening. Why did I agree to this, again?” phase.
While I know this is where I need to be and I’ll be working with a great company, it’s also a life change that’s full of unknowns and possibilities. I love Nashville, from its thriving tech community to its hipster coffee shops.
The Fear of the Unknown
While change can be exciting, it can also be nerve-wracking. The number of unknowns before a move or job change are numerous, and answers don’t always come easy. Will you enjoy the work environment? Where will you live? Who will your friends be?
The only way to help the fear dissipate is to trust the process and to slowly work through each step. Housing, moving truck rentals, address changes, and perhaps the hardest part: telling your community.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have found a thriving community in Nashville, both personally and professionally. While it’s going to be hard to leave them, I’m grateful for the almost two and a half years I’ve been able to spend with them. And I know that I’ll be able to find a new community, even if it’s going to take some time.
Taking the Risk on Something New
Right before I began writing this, I saw this tweet: “If it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk.” That tweet summed up entrepreneurship in one sentence. Everyone who has started a business has had periods of fear, but it’s how you react to it that matters.
If it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk. 🙂
— Rachel Rofé (@RachelRofe) April 17, 2017
That idea that you just can’t forget about? The one that comes to you while driving to work each day? You have that idea for a reason. It’s time to create a plan and make it happen.
I always say (to myself and others) that it doesn’t matter if it’s many baby steps or a few giant steps. As long as you’re progressing forward and pushing through the hard patches, you’re doing well.
Sometimes progress isn’t linear and it isn’t measured in leaps. Sometimes it’s forward and back, left and right, and pushing yourself to make it through to each challenge.
Are You Afraid? Start It Anyways
After the excitement wears off, the fear can set in. Starting a new venture is scary, even if you’ve done it before. While you don’t want fear to rule you, you also don’t want to ignore it. Fear can be a valuable source of motivation. Take the step that’s directly in front of you, and experiment to find your niche.
Build up a support system, and go for it.
Don’t let fear win.
Embrace the fear and do it anyways.
I’m preaching this to myself as much as I am to you!
Starting something new doesn’t need to be paralyzing. It can be an exciting chance to bring a new product to market or make a change in your life that will open up new possibilities. And just because you start something new doesn’t mean you have to forget the past. Appreciate the lessons you’ve learned and the people you’ve met. I know I will.