When I quit my full-time corporate career, the first feeling that overwhelmed me was insecurity of not having a job.
At 26 years-old I made the decision to leave corporate America with just about $10,000 debt and high interest rates. I knew what I was doing was risky. But I knew that staying was just as risky.
For a few days, this feeling of insecurity overwhelmed me. As if, with out a corporate job I could point to, I would be less of a person. Ironically, I knew that when I left the company, I would be working harder than I was currently.
The main reason people don't chase their passion is because of this same misconception: that their passion is something less-than-worthy. That if we go against social norms we may disappoint others and disappoint ourselves.
When we grow up with our parents, teachers, and societies expectations, we start to build our security in the things that other people turn to for affirmation.
For instance, the assumption is accounting is a good job and being a janitor is not a good job. But, when you really think about it, why is that? Is one because you work behind a computer with inventory and the other is in a stock room with inventory? Is it one deals with excel spreadsheets and one deals with toilet seat cover sheets? Maybe it is something else entirely.
"We fear discovering," Steven Pressfield wrote in The War of Art, "that we are more than we think we are. More than our parents/ children/ teachers think we are. We fear that we actually possess the talent that our still, small voice tells us. That we actually have the guts, the perseverance, the capacity."
In truth, when I quit my job, I was saying yes to the future I want. I set my belief that I can win. It didn't matter what I was doing as much as who I was becoming.
Chase your passion to do just that. Sometimes we will have to put what we value above our current circumstance. Yes, there will be fear along the way. In may be a bit more difficult in the short-term but will always be worth it in the long run.
Instead of feeling insecure about your life because of what you do, think in terms of who you are. A child of God. A human full of capacity, ability, and talent. Someone who can change everything around them. Go in the direction of who you want to become. Chase your passion. Because, in the end, you will only know what you are capable of by what you achieve.