I do not know if you are like me. A steady job, a steady income, a (false)sense of security. About 5 weeks ago my world was thrown upside down. One of the folks at my work had deliberately tried to end my career. He sees it as just business, but I see it as something very different. My stable, steady world was shattered.
So what did I do? I did everything to repair the damage he had caused and for the most part I fixed things and re-established my safe and steady world. The only problem was i realized it could happen again. So what do I do? I have my steady job back, but I no longer feel safe. Worse, I still have to work with this individual whom I clearly can no longer trust.
It means I need to explore options outside of my comfort zone. Does that terrify me? Yes. I may even start my own firm. 5 of my friends have done it and all have been successful. Comparatively, when they worked at my firm I was better than them at their jobs. So they all recommend I leave and go independent with or without them.
It terrifies me, but I feel if I do not do it I will never be free.