Taking the Leap to Full-Time Business Owner

After co-founding Pace Success Coaching three years ago with Samantha as a part-time business, I am excitedly taking the next step to full-time entrepreneur!  

For the past six years, I have worked for a wonderful nonprofit in Pittsburgh, gaining a wide range of experience and knowledge.  The mission of this organization is near and dear to my heart and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to serve alongside the inspiring employees there.  I am honored to continue to work with them, but in a different dynamic as I transition to full-time with Pace.    

From the outside looking in – the decision to go full-time doesn’t make much sense at this stage in my life.  My husband Adam and I moved back to Pittsburgh recently, we have a mortgage, we want to start a family in the next year or so, Adam is starting in a new career… and my job provided financial security and fantastic healthcare. 

When I put it that way, it feels a little crazy to me that I’m giving up the stability to pursue entrepreneurship. So why am I doing it?

To be completely honest, some hours of some days, I ask myself this very question.  Every now and then, I feel nothing but anxiety over knowing that if I don’t perform, I don’t get paid.  There is no safety net when running a full-time business. 

But at the end of the day, if I could choose the greatest lessons I’ve learned over the last three years, it would be these five things:  

  1. A fulfilling and meaningful life doesn’t just happen by accident, you must be intentional and purposeful to make it happen.
  2. It really is true that the greatest experiences in life occur outside of the safety net (i.e. outside the “comfort zone”).
  3. Once you become clear on your top values and passions (i.e. what’s most important to you), always choose in favor of these things.
  4. The more risks you take to pursue your greater purpose, the more you feel ALIVE.  (It’s okay to be afraid of risk – but feeling the fear and doing it anyway is so worth it).
  5. When we look back, we almost always regret the things that we didn’t do and the chances we didn’t take.

I’m certainly not suggesting that entrepreneurship is the only way to find fulfillment and purpose, but it is what I feel called to at this time in my life.

When I spend time coaching, consulting, and mentoring others – helping them get past their limiting beliefs and discover what really lights them up, how they can make a difference with their lives and to GO FOR IT – when I spend time working on programs that help develop leaders to make a greater impact… I am on fire!

It doesn’t feel like work because I love it.

It’s not always easy, but it’s work that is worth it.  If I want to experience more of this in my life, it’s going to take fighting through some fear and some risk.

For those who know me, I highly value planning and strategizing.  When it comes to Pace, I don’t know exactly what this year is going to look like, or the revenue totals, or who all the clients will be, and some days this can emotionally paralyze me. 

On the days that I feel the fear, I first let myself embrace the emotion and move through it, but I always come back to these 5 key principles.  And the more I surround myself with other people who believe in and live these principles, the more empowered I become. 

It can also help to imagine and embrace the worst-case scenario.  If my company doesn’t succeed, what’s the worst that can happen?  As I’ve run through these scenarios in my mind, they are all outcomes that I can live with because even though I will have to deal with real challenges, it is all worth the growth and fulfillment that will take place as I pursue my purpose.

Despite the fear, I cannot wait to embrace this next journey and see where it leads! And I am so thankful for everyone who has supported me in the process.  

As I continue to ponder these for myself, let me leave you with some of my favorite questions:

  • What has been placed on your heart, what lights you up inside, what have you always wanted to pursue that will get you outside your comfort zone?
  • What would you end up regretting if you don’t ever just go for it?
  • What would it take to make this the most fulfilling year yet of your life?

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