The Leap of Faith: How to Take the Plunge into Your Passion



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June 18, 2024

Taking the leap of faith to pursue your passion can be one of your life's most exhilarating and rewarding decisions. 

Back in early 2019, I started creating an exit plan, which I executed in 2022 and have never looked back. 

It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the unknown in pursuit of something that truly excites and fulfills you. 

Whether you dream of starting a new business, switching careers, or dedicating more time to a creative pursuit, here’s a guide to help you take that plunge confidently and clearly.

The one thing I can say for certain is there is no perfect time, and it’s never too late.

Words I have lived by and that have guided me for the past many years. 

1. Define and Research Your Passion

Start by identifying what excites you. 

Reflect on activities or subjects that make you lose track of time and consider what you enjoy doing in your free moments. 

Spend a few minutes daily writing about what makes you happy and why. Once you’ve pinpointed your passion, dive deep into research. 

Learn about it, including industry trends, market demands, and potential challenges. 

With this information, create a roadmap that outlines a step-by-step plan to turn your passion into reality. 

Set both short-term and long-term goals and break them down into manageable tasks.

2. Build Skills and Start Small

Enroll in online courses, attend workshops, or get certifications related to your passion through platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning. 

Seek expert mentorship or join communities (like our Mentee community for entrepreneurs) where you can learn from others who have already succeeded in your field of interest. 

Begin your journey with a small, manageable project such as a part-time business, blog, or freelance gig that aligns with your passion. 

This project allows you to test your ideas, gain experience, and build a portfolio without the pressure of immediately making it your full-time endeavour.

Before I even considered going full-time, I wanted to build on the side of my full-time career. This involved working nights, evenings and weekends.

This allowed me to learn while earning an income and figure out what I enjoyed at the same time. 

3. Financial Planning and Overcoming Fear

Financial security is crucial when leaping your passion. 

Build a financial cushion to support yourself during the initial phase of your transition, aiming for at least six months’ worth of living expenses. 

Create a budget that allows you to invest in your passion while covering essential expenses. (I highly recommend checking out YNAB—You Need A Budget or Every Dollar—both of which are great financial planning apps.)

Look for ways to cut unnecessary costs and prioritize spending on your goals.

Acknowledge your fears and doubts, write them down, and challenge their validity. Understand that fear is a natural part of taking risks. 

Practice visualization techniques to imagine yourself achieving your goals, boosting your confidence, and keeping you motivated.

4. Build a Support Network and Take Action

Surround yourself with supportive people. (Like our Mentee community!) 

Join online forums, social media groups, or local meetups related to your passion. 

Share your progress with trusted friends, family, or mentors, and be open to constructive criticism. 

Choose a specific date to start your journey officially. This helps you commit to your decision and creates a sense of urgency. 

Dedicate time to work on your passion each day or week, as consistency is key to steady progress.

5. Embrace Failure and Celebrate Milestones

Understand that setbacks are part of the journey and view failures as learning opportunities. 

Each failure brings valuable lessons that can help you improve and grow. 

Continuously refine your approach based on what you learn from your experiences, as adaptability is crucial for long-term success. 

Keep a journal or use an app to track your achievements and milestones. This helps you see how far you’ve come and stay motivated. 

Celebrate your successes, no matter how small. 

Treat yourself to something special to acknowledge your hard work and dedication.


Taking the leap of faith to pursue your passion is a bold and brave decision. 

It’s a journey filled with excitement, challenges, and immense personal growth. 

By defining your passion, building the necessary skills, planning financially, and surrounding yourself with supportive individuals, you set the stage for a fulfilling and successful pursuit. 

Remember to stay committed, keep learning, and enjoy the ride. 

Your passion is not just a destination but a lifelong adventure. 

Embrace every moment, and watch your dreams transform into reality.

Check out our Mentee community for entrepreneurs if you want to turn your passion into a business

Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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