…or rather, she accelerated the process. Here’s how it happened…
In April of 2013, my early morning train got delayed by a few hours, causing me show up
embarrassingly casually late to the Women In Biz Conference (#WIBN) at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Conference Centre in Toronto. Danielle LaPorte was the keynote speaker and the main reason for my attendance. When I walked in–frantic and out of breath (yes, I was that girl)–I was awestruck by the sea of entrepreneurial goddesses that filled the room.
There was only one table with a few seats left in the entire conference centre, so I ducked under the video cameras, trying not to interrupt or block anyone’s view, and showed up at the table, quietly asking, “Is anyone sitting here?”…
The women at the table were polite enough to invite me to sit down.
At the time, I had no idea that I had just taken the best seat in the house.
I talked with the women around the table as we ate breakfast. We introduced ourselves and chatted about our businesses (or in my case, my hopefully-soon-to-be business).
Then a few minutes later, as the first speaker was about to hit the stage, Danielle LaPorte sat down right beside me. It took me a few seconds to even realize it was her. My first thought was “Wow, she looks a lot like Danielle LaPorte. Wait a sec…”
HOLY SHIT. WAS THIS REAL LIFE? My f*!king idol was sitting next to me? For the entire day? Wow. How did I get so lucky?!
Still, I tried to play it cool…
The conversation between us flowed easy as pie. We talked about life, her son, her business, how she got started and eventually we moved on to the topic of my big dreams. She even gave me a copy of her book, The Fire Starter Sessions, which is my go-to book for pretty much any challenge that I face in my business–and my life–because it just makes me feel so good to read it. It’s like watching an episode of Sex and The City after a guy does something shitty to you. You can’t explain why but it just makes you feel better! And I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll need a highlighter for every paragraph and a notepad for every page.
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Anyways, here’s where the words of wisdom come in.
At the end of the day, I just had to ask her…
“How do you KNOW when you’re ready to quit your day job to pursue your business?”
And her response:
“Honey, you’re already ready. But you’re never gonna feel ready.”
That was exactly what I needed to hear.
And deep down, I knew she was right.
I wrote my letter of resignation when I got home.
After seeing all those women and the risks they’d taken to get where they are today, I knew I just had to take a leap of faith.
Suddenly, the real risk seemed to be NOT quitting my job.
Because that’s when I’d really be missing out–on life, on adventure, on my full potential and on the freedom I craved so badly.
And guess what? It’s been over 1 year now that I’ve been on my own, and it’s even better than I imagined. All because I allowed myself the opportunity to make it happen.
So what’s holding you back?
Has there ever been a moment in your life when someone said something to you that you absolutely needed to hear? Who was it and how did it change your life?
I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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