One of the most important lessons I have learned in my lifetime was that decisions can change the course of your life. If you have watched the movie “Sliding Doors” you are aware that had she gotten on the subway her life would have turned out one way, and if she didn’t her life would have turned out entirely different.
When I reflect back on my life, I can see those pivotal moments that entirely changed my life. Some of them were not my choice. For example, my parents made a decision to immigrate us to Canada from England when I was 7. From there, I ended up moving to the United States as an adult. How different my life would have been if we had stayed in England. First off, my accent wouldn’t have been American, and I would have had different experiences growing up. I actually might have turned out to be a different person. So, I always will wonder.
Another pivotal moment was when I was in my 20s. I was hired by a life insurance company to assist a manager. Three months later, he quit and they didn’t hire a replacement. I became the replacement. I secured my life insurance license, learned all about the business and then with each successive position, worked my way up the ladder to become a corporate manager of a broker dealer and then of a life insurance company. Not to say there weren’t other sliding doors along the way, but I had crafted a 30 year career in the life insurance business all based on the moment that gentleman quit.
Four years ago, I had reached a point in my life where I was waiting at the “subway station” trying to figure out what was next for me. I wanted something different but didn’t know exactly what. So, I chose to step onto the train (metaphorically) and spent $10,000 to sign up for Business Mastery class with Tony Robbins, a five day program that was like getting a crash course MBA. I thought I was taking the course so I could take my 30-year career to another level, but instead the “light bulb” was I needed to pursue something else and forge a new career. Holy Cow!! I wasn’t expecting that at all.
So, within 6 months I had tendered my resignation and with just a shoestring budget and all sorts of ideas, I set out to build a business along with a partner.
I can’t say it’s always been a smooth ride. It has come with a whole lot of learning and fits and starts and setbacks, but for each failure there has been a lesson and a huge step forward. Everyone who has ever been in my shoes, knows what I mean.
It takes a certain type of personality and grit to be able to forge a business on your own. But things are looking much better these days. We have learned what we needed to do to be successful and help others. Like climbing a ladder and grabbing someone’s hand as they are climbing behind you, we are pulling them up with us.
If I can imagine I am back at the station choosing to stay in my career or make a change, and I know what the future held, would I have stepped on to the train…..or go back to the corporate life I knew and did well at……..
One comes with the money and security and one comes with a big fat unknown…..
The door is closing, what should I do……. I jump aboard. No matter how hard, I am living and fulfilling a new destiny.
So, if you are at the subway station, and the train is arriving, what will you do? Stay on the platform or jump on the train? Just know if you do jump on the train, there are a bunch of people on the train that are in the same position and are eager to support you as you will them. You will probably be a little scared, we all are, but jump on anyway.
See you on the train!!!!!!!