But I knew this was the path I needed to follow. It was tough and took plenty of hard work, determination and a continual investment in my development. Through self-education, I taught myself everything I needed to know to establish and grow a successful consulting business.
In the end, I broke even in the first two months and replaced my 6-figure corporate salary shortly thereafter. I achieved success beyond my wildest expectations and remain extremely proud of what I created.
Still, the journey wasn’t always easy.
In addition to doing the work, I was now also working on the business. Working longer hours than I ever had in the corporate world, surviving on very little sleep, trying to do everything myself.
I started my business because I wanted more freedom and balance — yet I had none.
I was struggling with stress, burnout, anxiety and the desire for perfection running my own business – just as I had in my corporate career.
The moment it all changed…
After a decade in recruitment and five years running my business, I felt like something was missing. I was dreading going back to work on Monday and struggled finding the motivation to get up for work each day.
As an ambitious, high-achiever this was unusual. I knew I needed more than just a break.
For the first time ever, I stopped to contemplate what I wanted. And I realised – although I loved being my own boss and was making great money, I didn’t enjoy the work.
In that moment, I knew I had to find something more meaningful and fulfilling.
I also recognised the pattern of working myself into burn-out and decided I didn’t want to live with it anymore. This ultimately led to me overhauling my lifestyle and changing my business model.