Something New, Exciting but Scary
This is a calculated risk I am taking -- nothing ventured, nothing gained -- and the commission scale I am jumping up to has the potential to double my income. Yet I am leaving the safety net of guaranteed income and a job I know I'm good at, and this is, to be honest, a bit scary.
I will not fall on my face, yet I cannot deny that that is within the realm of possibility. In other words, I will try my damndest to make sure I will not fall on my face, and I believe in my capabilities and work ethic enough to succeed. But the race is not always to the swiftest....
Why am I posting this? Well, it's my blog, a so-called web log, so yeah, I can navel gaze about my personal issues all I want.
But also, in this economy, (and man that phrase, in this economy, has turned almost cliche pretty quick, hasn't it?) I think the best thing to do is to try to go upstream. Against the crowd. I know people are hurting out there, and folks are getting laid off and cutting expenses to get by, but when a good number of folks seem to be hunkering down, turtling into their shells, I am going to take my shot. Roll the dice. Make my move, etc.
I may be an optimist bordering on stupid, but so be it. Allstate Insurance has a TV commercial noting they were founded during The Depression. There are many other companies still thriving today that were as well. I'm not starting a business, I'm merely reaching for a higher rung. That's the American way.
Right now there are guys in a garage or in a dilapidated retail office sitting on plastic milk crates who a generation from now will be national names, despite this being potentially the worst recession since FDR.
My switching employers is scary, but I ain't scared -- much.
I'm also excited, and dreaming of the new opportunities before me. If I go down, I'm going down swinging like a sonuvabitch. And really, this isn't exactly a Profile in Courage. I have options if this does turn out to be a mistake.
Again, the reason I think I'm posting this is because I notice a bit too much pessimism out there. A pessimism that I'm afraid is a bit self fulfilling. Not I.
My current employer has been nothing but good to me, but it's time to move on.
To quote that jam band from Vermont: "This has all been wonderful, but now I'm on my way."
(And heck, if worse comes to worst, I can always teach.)