At the BlogHer Business in April, I finally met Pamela Skillings who is a fellow blogger and member of Ladies Who Launch. She has blogging and consulting about how people can leave their jobs and become entrepreneurs. Las night I attended the book party at the Soho House for her book, Escape From Corporate America. It was fun! Pamela wrote a great piece last Sunday in the New York Times in which she talks about her decision to leave corporate america. Below is a clip.
Once I did the math and saw my finances in black and white, however, I realized that the budget cuts wouldn’t be nearly as painful as I’d feared. I was more than willing to cut back on indulgences like foamy lattes, shiny highlights and overpriced designer handbags for a while if it meant that I could escape from corporate America and strike out on my own. Suddenly, my impossible dream seemed within reach. The last step in letting go of my financial fears was facing the fact that my salary had never truly been a reliable safety net after all. Over the years, I’d seen some of my most qualified and highly paid co-workers learn the hard way that the big money and the fancy title can disappear in a flash. On the other hand, no one can ever take away your talents, your experience and your skills — the assets that constitute the only safety net you can ever really depend upon.