I was catching up on posts at Newbies Guide To Publishing and noted how another author contemplated the decision to leave his corporate career to write full-time. Read the entire guest post by Jude Hardin and Joe’s response. There are certain things that are advised to be put in place before taking huge leaps. Of course, you can always chose to do something you feel strongly about regardless.
The question is should you?
But to get anywhere in life, you have to believe in yourself. And once you believe in yourself, you have to be willing to take a risk. You have to dance like nobody’s watching. You have to be willing to bet the house on a roll of the dice.
Once you know who you are, and know your purpose, you have to invest heavily, against all odds, in the one thing you have some degree of control over.
And that one thing is you.
The thing that eats most people up is not trying, not reaching for more because of a false sense of security. We see how the global markets and malfeasance has revealed how unstable everything is right now. Despite this, there are opportunities if we seek them. If you read the comments, the single largest concern expressed is regarding having adequate health insurance coverage.
In all seriousness, isn’t ObamaCare suppose to address this? I remember when the writing community rallied around L.A. Banks who had insufficient insurance to cover a six-figure bill for her cancer treatments before passing away last year. People clearly want something they think is more concrete.
If you read Sovereign Man blog or subscribe to the newsletter, the blog details ways of getting worldwide insurance with supplemental coverage. Living abroad on a fixed income equivalent to a minimum quality standard for less than it costs to maintain Stateside is something everyone needs to at least consider.
Again, these are not convenient choices, but about what [you think] will work best in the long run. The only guarantee we have is how despite standing in place the world will keep moving.
For those aspiring writers grab this e-book on Kindle while it’s still free…but $3.99 is nothing. You Are A Writer, So Start Acting Like One by Jeff Goins. Neil Gaiman gave a recent Commencement on making a living in the arts. Anything’s possible.
***And thanks to Sojourner’s Passport for hipping many of us to these blogs.