I am 27 years old, and only left the 9–5 world one year ago.
Before that, I was an aspiring entrepreneur. I pursued side projects in my spare time. I worked with people individually (for free) so I could learn and improve. I invested a significant amount of time building my own personal brand — and learning how someone builds an audience for themselves on their own.
As a result, I became friends with quite a few other entrepreneurs.
Some were already established. My boss and mentor was a very successful serial entrepreneur. A handful of other mentors were entrepreneurs and business owners as well.
But the majority of my friends were aspiring, just like me.
We all had big dreams. And we were all trying to learn how to make those dreams come true.
When I finally did take the leap to build my first company, Digital Press, I was beyond scared.
I remember the night before I told my boss and mentor that I’d be leaving his company, I talked to Dushka Zapata on the phone for almost an hour. She pointed out that, all things considered, it wasn’t much of a “leap” at all.