I am having a lot of anxiety and fear when thinking about quitting my high paying job to join a startup that has a lot of potential. I have great hours, an excellent management team, and rewarding work.
Unfortunately something within me just wants more, I want to build something from the ground up and have the perfect opportunity to do so right now with a very solid team in a vertical I've always been very passionate about, a lot more passionate than the vertical that I'm currently working on full time. I'm facing a lot of psychological drawbacks, mostly fear and anxiety of taking the plunge. My wife supports me, and even though my salary will be essentially halved (this is mostly where my fear is coming from, I think), we'll have enough income to get by.
My second biggest fear is not that the company will flop, even though realistically this should be my biggest fear as it is always the most likely to happen, but it is that of finding an equivalent job that I'm as happy at as I currently am if I need to after this venture. Finding another job is straight forward, but having the benefits I have now with the team I'm working with is hard to come by.
I suppose a lot of these awesome things I have going for me at my full time work has given me anxiety about leaving it. This opportunity that has been presented to me though, is a rare one, with a solid team, solid business strategy and in an awesome vertical.
The one piece of advice I've taken on is ensuring I have enough in my savings account for a rainy day. Any feedback on overcoming my fear/anxiety would be very welcome, preferably from someone who's been in my shoes. I'm definitely losing sleep over this and feel that shouldn't be the case, because both opportunities that I have right now are not bad things.