Thinking about moving on – what’s next?

Not sure how to start this so I’m just going to go for it.

I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. I’m currently the executive director of a wonderful organization that helps survivors of domestic abuse.

I turn 40 next month, and maybe I’m having midlife crisis… but I can’t imagine doing this work for another year. The daily grind has me wanting to do something more/different.

Early in my career I discovered I’m really good at fundraising and helped grow the organization from less than $500,000/year to over $3.5 million a year. Obviously the board took notice and it’s been upward trajectory ever since.

Sometimes I dream of what it would be like to go out on my own and help others by sharing the skills I’ve learned over 15 years. I do feel like I could add value to organizations who struggle with raising awareness and funds – especially those with difficult missions dealing with issues people prefer to ignore.

But, that dream scares me too. Perhaps I’m just better off finding a completely different career, but I feel like I would be wasting my potential if I did that and didn’t share what I know.

Has anyone been in a similar “crossroads” situation? How did you make the transition? Was it worth it for you?

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