“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin
We’ve heard countless times over how it’s better to risk than to wonder.
Over a year and a half ago, I picked up my life and moved to New York City. The more surprising part of the story is that I’d never stepped foot in New York once before moving, nor did I know anyone living here. It was the epitome of embarking on a journey into the unknown.
In a city of over 8 million people, I had me, myself and I.
Looking back now, I realize I was building a life I had not only dreamed of, but a life that would prepare me for all the decisions that would come once I arrived. I was inherently an
independent person. I’ve always been comfortable with handling change and I’ve always been the type to choose the bigger adventure.
There was no calling home if I was lost. I couldn’t expect to come home to Mom’s homemade dinner, and no matter how crazy things got, there was no turning back.
In the world of public relations, calculated risks are what prepare us to stand out amongst the crowd. You make decisions that you could fail at, no matter how strategic they may seem ahead of time.
I look at this journey as one of success. I moved out of my home country at 22, ready to build a life of my own. I was building a foundation in an unfamiliar world, but creating a life I’d always wanted – and I wasn’t going to stop.
In a matter of weeks I knew I’d found home. I found a city that fed off of hard work and
determination. I found like-minded individuals who went out of their comfort zone to prove something to the world – that they too were capable of great things.
I’m writing this post to not only reflect, but to also encourage anyone sitting at a crossroads wondering which decision to make. I had the option to stay in Toronto, start my career off an hour away from home, and be happy with wherever that led. For me, that was the easy choice. That was the lesser of the risk and it felt safe.
If I can give any piece of advice for young professionals, it would be to choose the riskier option. Uproot your life for the unknown, because on the other side is a world that will teach you
everything you need to know about challenges, fear and failure. But more importantly, on the other side of that risk is opportunity.
Two weeks ago I started as a Senior Account Executive at Clarity PR in New York City.
I did it.