Six months before I turned 40, I took the biggest risk of my career by leaving the world of large institutions and heading to a place where the only thing certain is uncertainty.
I decided I wanted to get over my fear of failure before this big birthday.
For previous generations, a mid-life crisis meant you bought an expensive car, had an affair with someone not age-appropriate, or took off on a trip somewhere exotic. My generation seems to be having more of a mid-career crisis. Instead of buying a convertible, we are starting our own businesses, deciding to consult or freelance or, like in my case, joining a startup.