A lot of great advice in here. Many of the choices people stress about aren’t life and death decisions. That’s true.
I do like the worst case scenario planning. What’s the worst thing that could happen?
Ok, if that does happen, which is unlikely, then what’s the plan to deal with it?
Once you know that you can survive the worst outcome (e.g., Hell, I can move back in with my parents), then you have the courage to be more ambitious.
Earlier in my life, I always regretted the opportunities that I was too afraid to pursue. They seemed too risky. Living with those regrets is deeply unpleasant.
So, I’ve spent the last 10+ years just going for it. I mean, I still do a boatload of research and planning. But, if it has a chance of working out, I want it badly enough, and I’ll survive the potential failure, then I do it.
I’ve taken some big risks and had some big failures, yet here I am. Still alive and loving what I do every day.
It’s worth it. There are lots of people who are willing to help, if you’re brave enough to take a chance and humble enough to ask.