For the section about talking with your parents, I am looking for a specific example of someone’s parents who freaked out (initially at least) when you told them you wanted to leave your stable corporate job to start a business.
One example is a friend whose Dad escaped Nazi Germany to come to the U.S. He is absolutely perplexed by his son’s desire to find meaning in his work. Such a concept is so far from his own life experience that my friend struggles to explain it to him.
My own parents are wildly supportive of everything I do, and that has included some pretty wacky things like going to Rio de Janeiro by myself to study martial arts, taking the bus from Caracas to Bogota (advice in retrospect: don’t do it!), starting a business and moving to Arizona to marry a Navajo medicine man/entrepreneur. I don’t think there is anything I could do that they wouldn’t support, unless it made me unhappy or broke a law. I realize that they are the exception, not the rule.
If you have a juicy story (can be short), please comment here, or drop me a line at pcs (at) ganas (dot) com.
Time is of the essence, so the sooner the better. Thanks!
Update 1/22: I had to share this response, from Felicia Ryan — it was too precious!
"When I told my father that I was changing careers from my comfortable 65+K per yr as a marketing/fundraising professional to start my business as a life coach he said, "Well, we will love you no matter what." After what seemed like a long time my mother got on the phone and said, "Your father thought you said you were going for training to become a life guard. He didn’t know what a life coach is." This is from a man with a high school education and the same job working at the Boston Globe since he was 18 years old. Here I am with a Master’s Degree and working on my 20th or so job since I graduated from College. So in his own way he was telling me that he would support me.
My father is partially deaf and really has no idea what a life coach is. So in his mind he translated it to the closest thing he could relate to. It was pretty funny. "