Growing up we are raised to follow a certain path. Go to primary, middle, and high school. Go to college. Get a job. Get married and have kids. Stay in said job until retirement/kids out of the house. Retire. Die.
I was on this path. Until I wasn’t anymore. And I felt a bit crazy when I left that path (or maybe just felt others thinking I was crazy). But I wasn’t crazy.
I had a great job at a large corporation but left in 2010 for one reason – I was too young to stay in a job I hated. I was right about that. Not crazy.
In the year that followed, I had a baby, became a Pampered Chef consultant, bought and sold baseball cards on eBay, worked at Moe’s Southwest Grill, and learned to build websites. I was experimenting. I wasn’t crazy.
Late last year, my husband decided (with some strong nudges from me) to leave his job in pursuit of something more. His last day at his good job is coming quick. People definitely think he’s crazy. He’s not.
Judgements about choices that we make as entrepreneurs by those without the spirit can be harsh. When the majority of people around us stay in jobs they hate for way too long, and think that’s how it’s supposed to be, it’s hard not to feel like you’re crazy – the outcast.
Big Omaha 2012 just came to a close. It was comforting to be around so many like-minded people. They worked for companies – sometimes many different companies. They started businesses – always multiple businesses. And they continue to start businesses. And learn new skills. And experiment with new strategies. And live in new places.
They aren’t crazy. They’re entrepreneurs.