September 3, 2013

Why Wait To Do The Things You Want Most?


Sometimes, you find inspiration in unexpected places. This weekend we were reading the Editor’s Letter at the beginning of Verily Magazine and found this insightful note from Editor-in-Chief, Kara Eschbach:

When I worked on Wall Street, a mentor cautioned me against waiting for the “right time.” So often we’re told to hold off marriage until that next promotion; postpone kids until you find a larger house; wait until you have the perfect set of credentials before striking out on your own.

You can certainly do this, but who’s to say those times will be any better? Life will always bring struggles and joy in unpredictable ways, so why wait to do the things you want most?

As someone who bought into the whole “I’ll live the rest of my life once I’m more established in my career” narrative, I found her words challenging. I started to look at my life and wonder, “Is this what I want to do? Who I want to be?”

If not, what am I waiting for?

It’s not that I didn’t like my job or the people - on the contrary, I truly enjoyed it. But I knew that I wanted to take the plunge with Verily someday, and I had a growing realization that today would be just as scary as tomorrow.

How about you? Are there things that you want to do, ideas that you have that you’ve been afraid to execute on?

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