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Getting to "yes"


A couple years in and I need to remind myself how I got to "yes"; how I decided to quit a very good paying job to start a business I knew nothing about.

I had entered banking in 2010 after graduate school and, four years on, I was pretty miserable.  A lot changes in finance but the hours don't, and I wanted a certain level of autonomy and creativity back in my life. 

So when the idea for FITTED Underground showed up I was receptive, but I had my reservations.  The idea felt compelling, but crazy.  I didn't know a thing about fashion, let alone sewing, patterning and designing custom jeans, and skilling-up felt like a huge mountain to climb.  Not to mention that other companies were already going down this customization road in some form or another. ...yeah, it just felt nuts.

A number of friends encouraged me, and one in particular got me started on a sewing machine.  But the idea had begun to take root and I was experiencing little fits of creativity and a growing desire to just say yes to whatever this thing was.

But what made me make the jump was that over time, I couldn't not do it.  And that's the right way to phrase it because I was resistant, and frankly scared of all the unknowns.  But the idea had a soul and wanted to live, and I was willing to make it happen.  

New ventures are messy.  Things don't proceed in a straight line; relationships get strained; nothing is guaranteed. But if you love it, you do it.  So after sitting with it for a couple of months and then working in the shadows for over a year, when the idea for FITTED Underground wouldn't go away I have to give myself credit because I said "yes".  Sometimes the willingness that precedes the action is as important as the action itself.


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