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  • Writer's pictureDesiree Vazquez

Leap and the Net Will Appear: Navigating Fear and Change on the Path to Purpose

From the earliest moments of my life, I felt the magnetic pull of creativity tugging me in various directions. Despite the soulful call of art, my journey led me down the seemingly "practical" routes of architecture and design and so I pursued a Master's Degree in Interior Architecture.

Even after achieving success in the world of interior design, an undeniable restlessness lingered within me, whispering that my true fulfillment lay elsewhere. Bravely, I decided to take a leap into the unknown, returning to school with aspirations of becoming a makeup artist. However, that path proved to be another detour in my quest for genuine satisfaction.

It was easy to succumb to feelings of being "stuck," as self-doubt insidiously crept in. Questions plagued my mind – was I capable of making the right change? Could I trust my instincts?

In the face of pivotal transitions, fear is a natural companion. Yet, through this journey, I've come to understand that courage is not the absence of fear; rather, it is the willingness to forge ahead despite the uncertainty that shrouds us.

I clicked the "enroll" button once again, this time embarking on a pursuit of a graduate design management degree. Unexpectedly, this academic journey ushered me into the dynamic realm of startups and technology. Here, for the first time, my seemingly disparate passions of art, business, and problem-solving converged harmoniously.

Fueled by newfound clarity, I dared to take the ultimate leap by launching my own tech company with some pretty amazing people. Every day presents fresh challenges, yet I find solace in the support of my team and a daily reminder to focus on growth, not perfection.

Reflecting on the winding path behind me, the dots now connect seamlessly. The journey, though at times unclear, bestowed upon me the resilience and experience necessary to navigate toward my true north.

To those standing at a crossroads, I urge you to have faith. Embrace the uncertainty, take risks, and trust that the net will appear. Your purpose, though it may unfold in unexpected ways, resides within you.

Dreams demand action. Take that first step, then the next. View uncertainty not as a roadblock but as an opportunity for growth. Nourish your passions and, most importantly, lend an attentive ear to your intuition – allowing it to resonate loudly.

The destination might not align precisely with your initial expectations, but if you leap boldly, armed with compassion and courage, you will discover your path. The world awaits your unique gifts; believe in yourself and the impact you are destined to make.

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