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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman
Huge numbers of people want to transition from their full-time job to something more fulfilling and on-purpose. But far fewer people have a clear sense of exactly how they’re going to make that move, and what it’s going to look like. Over the next five weeks, we’ll be walking through the five main “transition strategies” involved in starting your own venture, and will highlight some of the key advantages and disadvantages of each. As you read through the five strategies, you’ll start to get a sense of which strategy (or combination of strategies) makes the most sense for you.
Transition Strategy 1 – Parallel Jump
The first transition strategy is what I call the Parallel Jump. With this strategy, you build up your new venture alongside your current job until the new venture is generating enough stable income to meet your needs. Basically, you stay in your job until your new venture(s) is/are providing sufficient stable income.
This strategy carries certain pros and cons (as they all do):
Pros / Advantages:
• Provides steady or even increased income.
• Allows time for developing your skills and growing your new venture.
• Job provides a potential “sandbox” for practicing new skills.
• Job provides funds for training and development of new venture.
• Encourages gradual development of an entrepreneurial mindset.
Cons / Disadvantages
• Less free time available for leisure activities because you’re spending it working on your passion.
Next week we’ll be looking at Transition Strategy 2, the Incremental Jump (this is the one I used when I transitioned from being a project manager to being a trainer and executive coach).
By the way, if you’re looking to transition, this week I’m doing an up-close, frank and personal 3-hour group coaching session on what it takes for you to go from paid employment to doing work you love and find fulfilling / on-purpose. We’re going to be exploring lifestyle (what’s it actually like?), compatibility (are you cut out for this?), direction (what’s the right one for you?) and impact. You can join us either live in London at Regents University, or virtually via live stream from wherever you are in the world. The ticket price is low, and there are a limited number of places on the two sessions. You can watch the video, find out more and book your place here: https://www.jamiesmart.com/confidential/
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Dear Mr. Jamie,
reading your e-book where the text above comes from, I had a permanent thought: ‘Please, tell me something I don’t know. Because what you wrote is just obvious. I’d love to find answers for more complex questions, like: what to do if it doesn’t work? What to do if it takes too long and you feel more and more burned out,.gradually losing faith you’ll “make it”?’
I tried “Parallel Jump” about 10 years ago and I still try, but with less and less energy & involvement, with more and more doubt. Sometimes it seems to me it’s either impossible where I live, or unworkable fo me. Some people praise and appreciate what I do, but money refuses to come, or comes rarely + in small quantities.
Then I read the conclusion of entire e-book, which reminded me about transformation, and that was finally “it “! 🙂 If there’s a way for me, maybe it’s transformation. Maybe. I have read your “Clarity” once (partly twice), but haven’t even clarity in the matter of CLARITY yet, so now I plan to re-read it soon. If there’ll be opportunity, I’ll read “Results”, too. I’m still not sure if what you say or write is worth anything, but still thank you that you try!
My only ‘but’ is: it seems to me, recently you concentrate too much on couches and changeworkers, and too less on soapmakers. 😉 You know what I mean, don’t you?