When I decided to leave the comfort of my full-time writer position to pursue freelance and creative writing, I felt sick to my stomach. As I packed my desk in the New York City office and said goodbye to my colleagues who had become family, I couldn’t help but wonder: Am I making a mistake?
But I didn’t have time to feed nostalgia or cycle doubts; I had a passion and dream to chase. And there was no turning back.
Taking that leap was one of the most liberating experiences but also one of the most terrifying. However, reminding myself I was in the right position to take this risk has eased most of that fear, allowing me to focus on the “why” behind my decision. I had to trust that I had made the right choice. I’d prepared for this.
If you’re considering taking a similar plunge but don’t feel you’re ready just yet, don’t fret. Here are five ways to prepare for a career leap.