I’ve written a lot about dreaming. I even started a series called Awaken The Dreamers a few months ago. It’s a been a significant focus for me this year. I wanted to use the series to encourage myself and others. I even contemplated writing a book about it. Then I stopped writing about dreaming all together.
Honestly, I got tired of talking about it. You can only theorize for so long before you start to question if the idea is really possible in your own life.
Today all that changes. Today I became a Quitter.
Moments ago I submitted my resignation letter. I’m leaving my day job. The one that lets me work 9-5 with weekends off and paid holidays. The one that pays me (relatively) well and provides great benefits. I just gave it all up.
Because I’ve been offered another job. A part-time job. A job that pays 1/3 of what I was making. A job that provides my family no benefits.
Because I’ve been offered my dream job. And big dreams are risky.
Starting in January, I will be going on staff at my church. There couldn’t be a position more custom designed for my skills and passions.
I will be handling communications. I’ll be writing, a lot. I’ll be composing emails to the church. I’ll be creating copy for the website, blog, print materials and social media. I’ll also be doing some basic IT work in the office. I’ll be overseeing the book store and researching new resources to provide to our community. There’s even talks of helping to start a book publishing company!
I am both thrilled and terrified.
There’s a big risk with this step. The pay isn’t great and isn’t even guaranteed. I just got married and I’ll be depending on my wife’s income to get us through this initial transition. We’ve minimized the risk as much as possible by cutting down our monthly bills, paying off all our debt and putting some money away in savings. Still, it’s a huge leap of faith.
Yet I am absolutely convinced that this is what I was born to do. As much as I felt successful in the sense that others would in corporate America, I didn’t feel that my skills and passions were connected in my current job. It began reflecting in my work and my motivation has been dwindling for the past few years.
I had to ask myself “Why am I working here?“. I had to face some tough answers. I had to determine that I wasn’t going to just “keep doing this for a little while longer.” It was time to make a decision.
The process began about 6 months ago when I was approached with the opportunity by my pastor. I prayed about it, discussed it with my then fiancé, prayed some more and then decided. Once I made the decision, everything began falling into place.
Awakening The Dreamer
When I was writing about dreaming, I understood that it wasn’t enough to just write about it. Yet, I was writing about it without applying it. As much as I loved what I wrote, I knew that my words didn’t carry the weight of experience.
There’s a phrase that me and my friends growing up used to say all the time:
“Stop talking about it and be about it”
There’s only so much you can say about something that you haven’t lived. I knew it was time to stop talking about it until I had my own story to tell. I decided I had to be about it before I started writing about it again.
Today my story begins. Today I dream with my eyes open.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?