Thinking Some More

After thinking about it some more, Dave decided to give Sue another call.

“Hello Dave, how are you?” said Sue, which rather startled him.

“How did you know it was me?”

“I have one of those phones with caller ID. Also, I figured you might be calling. How can I help?”

“Well, I've thought more about my future. I see that I have to change course. I have to do something, yet I don’t know what.”

“What are your options?” asked Sue.

“I could look for another job, or I could become self-employed. I already ruled out staying where I am and unemployment.”

“Good, you are making progress! Now which option looks best to you?”

“Well, as I see it, I have no guarantee that a new job would be any better than my present one. I could end up worse for jumping ship. Since I have to make a change now, I don’t want to end up in the same situation later on,” said Dave.

“And so ... ?” asked Sue.

“I guess I would go for the second option. But, I don’t know the first thing about starting a business. I don’t know where to start.”

“Just for now, assume you knew all that you needed to know, and you have all the skills you need to succeed. Then would you go for it?” Dave felt that he was being set up for something.

“I’m not sure,” said Dave.

“What else is holding you back?” asked Sue.

“I feel scared that I could mess up and fail. I’d end up unemployed and broke!” Dave replied.

“It is natural to feel afraid. But tell me, is it more scary or less scary to put your future into the trust of an employer?”

“When you put it that way, it makes sense. So, what do I do next?” said Dave.

Sue explained that he had to make a commitment. He had to be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. There is power in a decision, backed with a burning sense of desire. It was at that point that Dave decided to start his own business. He made a note to himself.

Starting today, I commit to doing whatever it takes to succeed at being self-employed.