Leap and the net will appear.

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This post is the fifth in a series of seven about entrepreneurship. When we sat down to think about entrepreneurship for women, several themes continued to come up in our discussions about struggles that women (and men) come up against when starting their own businesses.

This post comes from Emily, and is about taking risks that are in line with your vision.

Leap and the net will appear.

Quitting my job as an account manager was a risky move. It was one that was met with a lot of skepticism, questions, and "good luck with that" attitudes. But that job wasn't in line with my vision of empowering others to feel better, live better, and work better...one kick ass goal at a time.

I knew there would never be a good time to quit. To leave the comforts of a steady salary. To start a new venture. And yet, it was all I could think about; all I wanted to do.

I planned. I plotted. And finally I took the leap.

And you know what? The net appeared. We had enough money to pay our bills. I was happier than I had been in years. And was doing something that I was extremely passionate about.

I was living life on my terms.

Take risks that are in line with your vision.

This is the hardest lesson you will ever have to learn as an entrepreneur. And yet, it’s the most important one.

Being in business for yourself is all about taking chances. About taking the leap even when you aren’t 100% certain what lies ahead. And doing the things that make your stomach do cartwheels.

What this doesn’t mean is to jump into something feet first.

You still have to do your research and gather the best information that you can.

But then you have to act.

Things are never going to be perfect. There will never be an exact right moment for things to happen. You will never have enough money to feel secure about going into business for yourself. Your website will never be exactly the way you want it to be.

And it doesn’t matter one single bit.

Create a vision for yourself and for your business, set goals, and then act. Just don’t be surprised when everything that you want starts to fall into place.

Let us know in the comments below about a time when you took a leap -- a risk that was in line with your vision -- and what you learned from the experience.

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