Emily Kristofferson

Have big dreams? You need this first.

big dreams

I’d like to share with you my experience of transitioning from employee to entrepreneur.

I had big dreams! Big dreams about helping other women business owners take their gifts to a larger audience. I was working for the local school board, in a job that most would think ideal. But, I didn’t feel like I could express myself fully in that job. And I knew deep down that I wanted much more and had much more to give.

I have always been a little rebellious and liked doing things my way. Maybe you feel that way too? I had a business and already had clients. I was so inspired by the results that my clients were getting; how my work affected them. I had whittled my way down to two days a week at my job, but felt even those two days were holding me back from where I really wanted to be. I was holding myself back though. Would I be okay? What would my friends and family think if I left such a secure job in pursuit of my dreams?

A couple of family members told me that my business could crash tomorrow. Very encouraging. Seeing how little support I would get from my family, I decided to hire a coach to help me.

There I was working those two days a week and feeling stuck and scared of taking that leap. I thought maybe I would just take the summer off and resign in the fall when school returned…if my business had reached a certain level. But the truth was my business was already at that level, and I knew it! My coach asked me why put it off for a few more months then? I began to really think about it…why wait?

So, I did it…I decided on a firm date I would resign. That was it. And my coach held me accountable. She sent me an encouraging email in the morning. I can’t tell you how nervous I was that day when I went to work. I had the resignation letter in my hands, printed and signed. I was going to finally do it! I was more afraid of letting anyone down than of what they would think (there is usually never a good time to leave a job). I was shaking with nervousness, but had my talk all prepared. So, with my heart throbbing, I spoke and they listened. Let me tell you, I couldn’t wait to get out of work that day! And when I did, it was like I was a kite flying high in the sky. I felt so free!

I wanted my son to know that you don’t have to stay stuck. You don’t have to settle. You don’t have to conform. The world is full of possibility, and you can do what you want with some hard work. I was now a real example of this!

My coach really helped me stick to what was right for me, despite what anyone else thought or said. She called me that evening to congratulate me. I honestly haven’t looked back since. The truth is, without her support, I don’t know if I would have left my job when I did.

We all need support. You can do it alone, but let me tell you… like a ride at the fair, it is so much better with someone else. Even my accountability buddy, who I can bounce ideas off of, gets where I am (when others think that I talk about my business a little too much). Having support made a huge difference for me.

You have big dreams too. I promise that it will be a better ride if you have support. How can you get even more support than you have now?

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May June 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

“I wanted my son to know that you don’t have to stay stuck. You don’t have to settle. You don’t have to conform. The world is full of possibility, and you can do what you want with some hard work. I was now a real example of this!”

This really resonated with me, especially today. I wanted to succeed for my sisters too. Thank you for the kind message.

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Emily June 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

This is so good to hear, May. You’re welcome. Thank you for sharing – it means a lot to me.

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