One year ago today, my husband, Garth, lost his mentor, boss and friend.
It was completely unexpected. After all, Larry, a giant in the Tennessee legal community, was only 56.
I distinctly remember how I found out. I had been celebrating my birthday with my girlfriends. As I was leaving dinner, my husband was calling me for about the fifth time. I answered as I got in the car and was driving home.
I remember sitting at a stoplight in utter shock. But, in that moment, I couldn’t help but wonder how this tragedy would affect our lives. And, I remember thinking that my dreams of quitting my job to take my business full time had likely just flown out the window.
That night and the days that followed were full of grief and head-spinning decisions. But, in a matter of days, we decided Garth should open up his own law firm.
Merely six weeks after Larry passed away, Garth opened the doors to his own practice. It was a frenetic whirlwind to close down Larry’s firm while also preparing to launch a new one.
But, despite all of that grief, bewilderment and stress, we made it happen. And now, almost a year later, my husband’s practice is thriving. And because Garth’s practice got off to such a good start, I was able to leave my job in February.
One year ago today, I didn’t think that would be possible.
My Advice to You
Life is a funny thing. When I look back on that night one year ago, it is awfully striking how I was celebrating another year of life in one moment and then mourning the loss of another life in the next.
I realize this deviates from the regular marketing and social media tips you find here. But, I’m sharing all of this to remind you that life is short. Each and every day is truly precious. And, it’s far too easy to let it be consumed with stuff that doesn’t matter.
If I were to give you one piece of advice, it would be this — don’t wait.
There will never be a good time to start a business or a family.
There will never be the right moment to start living your dream.
There will never be a perfect time to pursue your passion.
Don’t wait until tomorrow.
Because you never know when your last day on this earth will be.
Looking back on a year ago, it would have been easier for Garth to just go find another job. But even in our grief, we realized an opportunity — and we took it.
Yes, it was scary.
Yes, it was hard.
But, it was totally worth it.
When I talk to people about entrepreneurship, I often say it’s like standing at the edge of a cliff. You look over the edge and you know that it’s a long way down and that the jump will be scary, but you do it anyway.
Oftentimes, the things most worth doing are the hardest. But, those who dare to take the leap and work hard to pursue their passion will be rewarded. That’s the secret to success.
Don’t let obstacles stand in the way of your dreams.
Don’t let your fears squash your desire to make a difference in this world.
And, when an opportunity presents itself — even at a difficult time — take it.
Because sometimes, you just have to jump.
So, what are you waiting for?
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8 replies on “What Are You Waiting For?”
Great post, Laura! It’s been awesome to be part of your life during this incredible transition. I’m honestly so proud of you both. You are an inspiration to so many!
I also love seeing more personal posts like this. We are more than our niche when it comes to us as people, and you’re good peoples! We can learn from all experiences in life.
Thanks, Luke. It’s been an incredible journey! It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. 🙂
Thanks for being such a great cheerleader! You’re such an inspiration too – I love how you are so good at encouraging others. That’s what I love about you!
And you’re right – I could stand to write more personal posts like this. It doesn’t hurt to show people who you really are!
I agree, because I find no reasons to disagree (and of course, because I believe in the principle).
But, of course, there are also times when we have to wait (being patient, that’s another story, right?).
But, let’s stick to our topic for today 😀
As with waiting for, nothing.
I am waiting for nothing.
And to me, right now, at this second, life is a big question mark.
Maybe a game.
I have had goal, and I do have an ultimate goal to help people and to build a company, a foundation, a business that runs on customer satisfaction and value, rather than profits.
But, I am confused with life in general (you know the why questions).
I am living now, studying.
Thankfully, I don’t have to do much now. But, later, when it is asked for (to achieve my goals, I have to take action).
I know how. But, why is a question to ask.
Anyways, I will leave off here now. Thanks for sharing the experience, Laura. I am glad that you and your husband were able to go through Larry’s death and achieve your goals in life.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Jeevan. You’re right – oftentimes we have to be patient. But, I think there’s a difference between patience and procrastination! Sometimes, it’s easy to confuse the two.
Best of luck to you and your endeavors!
Great post Laura – I’m sure it will strike a cord with many. You never know what tomorrow will bring, and sometimes have to take that risky chance in order to reach your dreams.
In many ways it is much harder to grow a small business than to work for someone else, but in the end so much more rewarding.
Thanks for stopping by, Holly! So glad you liked it. And yes, as you know, building a business is a lot of hard work. But the pay off is that much greater!
Just the reminder I needed today, my friend. Thank you for writing such a heartfelt post, and for your example of courage in pursuing your passion.
Thanks so much, friend! So glad you liked it. It’s so good to hear from you! How are things?