So often we find ourselves on autopilot—waking up in the same home, putting on the same clothes, taking the same transportation to the same-old job. Even our New Year’s resolutions to change barely make it past Valentine’s Day (though here are 10 resolutions you’ll never want to give up.) And, while it’s perfectly natural (and normal) for humans to crave routine, there’s much to be discovered outside of the confines of our comfort zones. “We tend to create clutter and remain stagnant when we are doing the same old things,” says Julie Coraccio, life coach and owner of Reawaken Your Brilliance. “When we begin to see things differently and look around us we open ourselves up to new possibilities and new opportunities and can clear out fear.” It’s usually, the fear, or the energy of the fear, she says, that’s greater than what we actually have to do and change. Feeling like you might be ready to make a big life change? Read how these inspiring folks made radical moves, took chances and embarked on epic adventures.
“At age 53, I opened my own restaurant.”Courtesy Jaime coker Robinson
—Brad Gold, 72, Los Angeles, CA
“When I got laid off at 53 from a senior management position with a struggling restaurant chain, I knew it was going to be hard to find another job in the corporate world. I also knew it was now or never to pursue my lifelong dream of owning my own restaurant. What was most daunting was that, in order to make this happen, I was going to need to find an existing café that was underperforming and whose owner was highly motivated to get out of his lease. I got very lucky and found just what I wanted eight blocks from home. Since I had never financially planned for this day, I had to borrow money from friends and relatives. I changed the name to Black Dog Coffee, the menu, the recipes and the look of the cafe, and my wife did a great job of ‘designing on a dime.’ Eighteen years later, we’re still here and doing better than ever. I’m eternally grateful for the layoff and the opportunity to pursue my dream.” Looking to pursue your dream? Here are tips on leaving your day job to fulfill your dream.