In March of 2014, I was 25 years old and working as an administrative assistant at a financial company making 32k a year. Giving 40+ hours a week to generate revenue for another business seemed weird to me. One day, I did the math. If I spent the same amount of time on my own dream, I figured I could make AT LEAST as much as I was making there. I started to go stir crazy, and my boss noticed I wasn’t focused on doing my job. Truth was, I had held 5 different corporate America jobs up until that point, and I never lasted longer than 6 months for the same reason. She called me into her office and said, “Jerica, we think you’re great, but your mind is obviously focused on different things. You have so many things to offer. I feel like I’m going to turn on my TV one day and see you. If you want to continue working here, we’d love to keep you, but you’re going to have to make this your primary focus.” I said, “You’re right. I should quit. Can tomorrow be my last day?” She said yes.
I was a single mother with a 2 year old son at home, no exit strategy, no savings and no real plan. I realized that my backup plan was my dream. I took a huge leap of faith and decided I had to make my dream my plan A, B, and C. I would dedicate at least 40 hours a week to executing and monetizing the mission of JACE, helping professional athletes and non profit organizations increase visibility through public relations and strategic partnerships. That was my plan. That was in March of 2014, and I haven’t worked for anyone since.
Sometimes you have to believe in yourself enough to take the leap. The payoff may not be immediate, but trust me, it will all be worth it.