After my last blog post about planning your escape from your current job, I received an email: “Greg, it sounds great to go after the life you want, but haven’t you ever heard the phrase, better safe than sorry?”
My emailer continued, “I’m, nervous about trying something new and leaving my safe, stable job where I know I have a steady income.”
I totally understand where that guy is coming from. We were taught from an early age that the “safe” thing to do is to get a “good” job at a “good” company with a good salary, health care plan, and sick leave and vacation policy. When you get that, hold on tight and don’t let go.
I get it, and I always tell people that to decrease your risk you should keep your day job while you begin working on your Passionate Purpose. Then, slowly transition to your new thing.
With that in mind, here are the problems I have with the idea of “Better Safe Than Sorry:”
1) It implies that if you play it safe you will never be sorry.
Is that true? I’ve gone the “safe” route a few times where I still regret it to this day. I’m sorry I played it safe. I missed out on some great stuff.
No one on his deathbed ever said, “I didn’t really enjoy my work. I never went after what I really wanted. Maybe I could have lived the extraordinary life of my dreams. But, better safe than sorry!”
Don’t you want more than a job you barely tolerate because you think you won’t get fired?
2) Is any job really “safe” anymore?
During the 2008 recession, the United States lost 8.7 million jobs. How many of the people who were let go thought their jobs were safe? I thought mine was. Boy, was I wrong. How about you?
But, Greg, the recession is over. “Good” jobs are safe again. Really? Hmm…here’s a report from CNBC:
“In the first four months of the year, employers said they would hand out 250,061 pink slips. That is the highest total for the January-to-April period since 2009.”
I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer. I’m a glass is half full kinda guy. But, I’m also realistic. You could lose your job today. There is no safe job anymore (unless you work for the government – then you’re more likely to die than be fired). So does it make sense to stay in a job you don’t like, or even hate, because – better safe than sorry?
I think it’s safer to follow your passionate purpose. You will enjoy your work and life more right away. Because you love what you do, you’ll keep getting better at it and improve your chances to generate more income regardless of what’s happening with our economy.
And you’ll have fewer regrets.
- Are you fulfilling your Passionate Purpose with your current job?
- Are you excited to get out of bed every morning?
- Do you know that your life counts and that you matter?
- Are you a success because you’re doing well financially, even if you don’t like your job?
- Or, does your success come from using the gifts you were born with to make the most out of the purpose you were created for?
- Is it time to start working on your Passionate Purpose today and create a plan to transition away from your current “safe” job?
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