I’m leaving the corporate world behind to start a business

Women in business - glittering eyes quote “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”. – Roald Dahl

I love this quote. It fills me with nostalgia for the wonder and passion I had for life when I was younger; the feeling that I could do anything I wanted. As a child, I carried with me wonderful dreams for the future. And then, what happened? Life. As an adult, I’m a slave to routine and predictability. On a daily basis, I ask myself the same question many of you probably ask: why take a risk and rock the boat?

My dream since a child has been to run my own business. Instead, I did the normal thing of completing university, getting a job. I now have a good career and have done my best to climb that corporate ladder. It’s all very respectable and honourable but Monday mornings are without passion and drive. Sitting in meeting rooms on a grey Monday morning as colleagues present PowerPoint slides filled with graphs and bullet points, I look outside as the raindrops descend slowing down the window and I long for escape.

So I’m escaping. I’m making a run for it. I’m leaving all the predictability and security behind and I’m going in search of magic: my dreams. I plan to start my own business. Timing is perfect. I’m a new mum and I’m on maternity leave, so now I’ve mastered the art of getting my daughter to nap in the daytime, I have a few quiet hours in which to bring my business idea together. Most importantly, I have a wonderful business idea in mind and I now want to turn that idea into reality. I’ll write about my business idea in a later post. Today is too early to share it.

I began writing a blog to inspire other women who are thinking about starting their own business. My message is simple. If you really want it, go for it. This blog will be a celebration of women and all we can achieve in our lives. I want it to inspire others and I want to be inspired myself. I want it to smash stereotypes about new mums and what they can do in business. This isn’t a feeble ambition; it’s a strong, technology-driven business as I’m from an IT background. It is a real opportunity and this isn’t some easy option to allow me to balance work life with being a mum. It’s a business with grand aims, with a woman at the helm, a woman having to do this with a young baby to look after, and it won’t be easy. But it is a dream and dreams are what we live for. That is the magic in my life that no amount of climbing the career ladder of a grey corporation will ever fulfil. Us women can do so much more, and reach so much farther, than we sometimes give ourselves credit for.

About the author:

Lauren is an entrepreneur and author of www.theglitteringeyesbrigade.com – a blog about her journey in starting her own business

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Lauren, thank you for sharing your thoughts in your article…this really resonated with me. I spent 20 years in the corporate world before finally leaving it behind last year to start my own business. I have zero regrets. Even though things have been tough at times and there have been a lot of challenges, I am now following my own dreams and building and shaping my future in my own way. I wish you the very best of luck building yours. Whatever your dreams are for your business and the kind of life you have dreamed of, if you are passionate and have self-belief and determination, there are no limits to what you can achieve. Best wishes, Tania.

  2. Thank you for your comments Tania. Its great to hear that someone has done this with no regrets. Its kinda scary but so much fun. I’ve never worked so hard (I mean, I’ve even brainstormed ideas in the middle of the night on my ipod whilst I breastfeed my daughter!) but I’ve never enjoyed ‘work’ this much.

  3. Hi Lauren-
    Thank you so much for sharing this its wonderful and so well put. I agree that quote has some wonderful magic to it. Please keep us posted on your journey!
    All my best,
    Kim

  4. Hi Lauren,

    I, too, have just recently pushed enough of my fears aside to step out on faith and begin building a business of my own. I’ve “played by rules” for more than 30 years. It’s time! You have inspired me with this article to push a little bit more toward achieving my goal. Thanks!

  5. Wonderful Lauren, I went down this path four years ago. Working in a job that makes you frustrated, stressed out and miserable is not living. I am now working with women who want to take this journey and helping them to connect with their natural gifts to create their own awesome business. Dream big and believe!

  6. Congratulations Lauren, I’ve worked exclusively with female entrepreneurs for fifteen years, and just can’t imagine the strain of corporate life. Of course, business ownership has it’s own strains, and friends see this as risky. But I’ll tell you the truth: I feel much safer as a business owner than I would as an employees. So live your dreams Lauren! Wishing you YOUR version of success!

  7. I am like Sonja and stepped out of 30 years of corporate life in January to start my own business. The part in the blog about looking out the window from a Monday morning meeting really hit home. I felt the same way and wondered, “What am I doing here?” Now I look forward to each day and what it will bring again. To paraphrase an old quote: “This is no dress rehearsal, this is your life!”

  8. Lauren, I loved reading about your journey and I love that your story is slowly becoming thousands of other women’s story. Women are leaving the corporate world and striking out on their own in record numbers, sparking what Forbes has called the New Women’s Movement. I think it has a lot to do with the desire not only to start their own businesses, but to also benefit from the added flexibility. It’s amazing how many women start successful businesses after giving birth, including The Work at Home Woman founder Holly Hanna (you can read more about her amazing story at http://cwhighlights.com/mompreneur-holly-hanna/).

    I’m sure you’ll be both an amazing entrepreneur, mother, and woman. Best of luck and be sure to give us an update!

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  10. Hello Lauren,
    I to took the plunge into owning my own business 3 years ago, along with my business partner. I spent over 30 years as an Executive in the Cosmetic industry, and when the owners of the last company I work for sold the company, I knew it was time to take the leap of faith. I am 62 years old, and over the last 3 years I have never looked back. While the economy in the last 2 years has been rocky I am pressing on with no regrets. I am wishing you the very best in all you do! I too used to sit in those high profile meetings and look out the window and wonder why am I here.

  11. What fantastic comments. Thank you all so much. It is great to hear other women’s stories and I know this resonates with so many. I think the corporate world never lives up to the ideal of how we want to live our lives and even though I’m still at such an early stage in the business I love waking up every morning to work on it. It is very rewarding. I will keep you all posted on my progress. My beta website should be launched in around 6 weeks so I’m working hard at the moment with my designer and developer to get that up and running!