I should preface this by saying that I have never been particularly brave. I was not keen on doing dangerous things on the playground. I was content to watch my older sister climb to the top of the swingset. I am a rule follower. But I like to think that I’m fairly open minded and able to be inspired by people and ideas. And somehow, despite my penchant for safety and despite having a law degree and the ability to obtain a nice, normal job that would pay me a salary, I chose to start a business. And then one more. Trying something new is scary. Why is that, though? Is it because we are afraid of what we have to lose? Or is it that we are afraid of others will think of us if we don’t succeed? Do we really think badly of those who’ve taken a risk and failed? Of those who were brave?
Let’s talk about some new things. A New Relationship? Some obvious risks here. Risk of heartbreak. Risk of wasting precious time and resources on a person that may not want to be with you FOREVER. Hmm, that’s a long time! Let’s just agree that connecting with another human being for a time, no matter how short, is worth it. Getting out of an Old Relationship? Truly terrifying. There is comfort here, and it is hard to leave. Like abandoning a dying fire to seek out warmth somewhere OUT THERE. Or maybe the promise of cold is better than the unpredictable embers. I don’t know. If the relationship has run its course, it may be time to thank it for its service and move on. Or maybe it just needs to be tweaked a bit. I don’t recommend swift moves here. I am not a good example for knowing when to say goodbye. Moving? So, I’m going to assume you probably have a reason to move (job, family, etc.), but even so moving your whole person and stuff is a big deal. You are guaranteed a whole lot of new experiences and a dizzying array of new people. And you could hate it. Or worse, everything could be the same.
When I thought about starting a coworking space in Cincinnati, I wasn’t scared. But I also wasn’t thinking very big. I was thinking about finding a slightly larger office than I was already running. So, to steal a phrase, I was going to run my law firm with a coworking side-hustle. But that changed. I saw that the coworking wouldn’t really work without enough SPACE. So, I literally (and I do mean that) said, out loud, let’s be brave! We signed a lease for twice the space that we originally intended. Scary. And it’s all so visible now. My work is displayed on every social media profile. In fact, to succeed, I need to announce my new venture- frequently. So what happens if it doesn’t work out? Everyone will know! That dummy, they’ll say. She wasted money. She wasted time (she could have been home with her kids!). She wasn’t good enough to make it succeed. And now you have heard the highlight reel in my brain.
But it’s worth it. I drank the coworking kool-aid, and I think it is a better way. In a world becoming increasingly disconnected, coworking spaces provide a way to connect with other human beings. And it reduces the work load and stress level for individuals and small businesses needing office space. So I am in it and willing to take the risk. And I hope it succeeds, because I really like going to work now