Technically, this project started when I was 24. Only I didn’t know it then. What I did know was that I was at a crossroad.
I was sitting at my desk in Boston, thinking about my longtime dream: take a break from corporate America and play the professional squash tour. I wanted someone to tell me when to go, but no one was gonna say, "Mike, it's now July 1, time to go chase your dream, remember?" I could feel it slipping away.
Before letting that fear totally take over, I realized I couldn’t be the first and only person to be in this position. So I boiled it down to a simple question: should I stay the course in something comfortable, or take a risk to chase my passion? This seemed like a simple enough question. I wondered what others had done.
So I asked. I tracked down anyone who left something safe, whatever that was: a job in consulting or social work, in teaching or engineering. Through these conversations I began collecting stories, with the common thread being that each person left something comfortable to pursue a passion. I stumbled into people from all over: ex-bankers, electricians, scientists, journalists–people from all walks of life who left the safe inertia of their own circumstances to try and do what they really wanted to be doing.
So I boiled it down to a simple question: should I stay the course in something comfortable, or take a risk to chase my passion?
After a while it became clear that this was interesting stuff. I was compelled to share. I began passing these stories along to friends and family, bus passengers and bartenders—others who were at their own crossroads. The stories caught on. They were helpful, and inspiring. I thought of a better way to get them out.
So that is what I am doing now. This project is about jumping. Sharing the amazing stories and ideas of those who have jumped into an unknown. Without them I wouldn’t have been encouraged to jump. These stories enriched my life and I hope they enrich yours too.
Hope you enjoy the site, and if you have any questions or ideas for me, please reach out.