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I was mentoring a PB licensee who was stuck between a rock and a hard place. She’d spent most of her adult life working as an employee. About 6 years ago she found her dream job. It was everything she wished for. She was able to utilise her qualifications and finally work in the industry she had been trained in. It lasted for three months! She hated it. It was nothing like she imagined. She had an epiphany. She realised she wanted to work for herself. She was never going to work for an employer ever again!

She retrained as a bookkeeper. She was after something that would give her the flexibility and autonomy that she didn’t experience as an employee. She hasn’t looked back. She loves it and her books are now filled to brimming. So she needs to recruit but she is fearful of what might happen when she did. I told her I knew exactly how she felt … I was in exactly the same place back in 2001 when I started working with Pete.

She knew that she definitely couldn’t go back to being an employee, but it was also clear that she couldn’t stay where she was either because she was just too busy. She realised that the only choice left was to step forward into that fear.

Her dilemma reminded me of the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade, when he reached a precipice. It looked like there was nowhere to go but down to certain death. He consulted his trusty notebook which gave him the clue and then he took a step in faith – only he didn’t plummet to his death, but found himself standing on a path. It was always there, he just couldn’t see it at first.

At the end of our chat, she was convinced that the path she was about to embark on, although scary, was the right one for her future. She was now excited (and still a little scared) and ready to take action.

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