“Should I stay, or should I go?” is a question that is difficult to answer without some amount of doubt. I have carried throughout my career, “When the fear of the known is greater than the fear of the unknown, it’s time to make a change.”
If you are considering breaking away from your brokerage firm, trust company, or a large RIA firm to start your own business, you will need to be able to make a thoughtful and planned decision on whether you should stay or go. It takes emotional intelligence to know who you are and what you want, the willingness to take the possible risk, and the commitment and passion to see it through. Unfortunately, this is not an overnight decision. It takes time, and for some more than others, it takes understanding their core values and the importance in honoring them. When one is not aligned with their values, it becomes impossible to stay passionate, driven, focused – especially when you are not happy with your professional career. Further, you will not be able to continue to be as productive for your firm and clients as they deserve.
Fear can stop people in their tracks, and it can come in many forms. If you make a career or business change, some may worry how it impacts their resume. Others may worry about what their clients will think, worrying they may ask questions like, “Did you know that you were not happy when I joined you?”
Change can be liberating – a freedom some may have not experienced. It can be empowering and give one control of their destiny. I am not implying that you shouldn’t be thoughtful about your decision to make a big change, but if you are not happy, you can “what if” any decision to death.
So, when you start your day, is it with the thought, “I love what I do!”? Or are you just settling because of fear? When you are not happy or satisfied, ask yourself – “Should I stay, or should I go?”