I left a very high paying job about two years ago in order to bootstrap my own business which I believe will one day solve the many problems I observed in the industry I left. I am still building the product, I anticipate launching a beta soon.
Sometimes, once a week, sometimes once a day, I freak out. I think “what have you done! You were making good money, you had a stable job, and you left it.”
During those times, I remind myself how low my risk profile really is. I have everything I need, and I will always have what I need: food, shelter, and people who love me. And that thought makes it better.