Why I made the leap out of corporate

Hi I’m Lorna Watkinson the founder and CEO of Vibrant Thinking.   I wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit more about my background.

I left a successful career at Procter and Gamble to start a pottery painting business.

I went on a weekend course and by the Monday had started my first business.

I’d never even done pottery painting before that Saturday.

But there are few moments in your life when you experience something and are inspired to share that experience with as many people as possible.

In those 2 days I discovered what a powerful tool pottery painting is. It energises and restores you, whilst at the same time taking your brain into a completely different thinking space. 

You didn’t need to be artistic to get amazing results first time.

Creative ideas didn’t stop flowing as to how I could apply what I was learning.   

When I announced this to friends and family I was generally met with a stunned silence and disbelief.

“But we are not an entrepreneurial family – you can’t possible start your own business” was my father’s response. 

No one could understand why I would want to leave such a well-paid and secure job.

And all for what?

To set up a business in an area I had absolutely no experience in.

What I’ve learnt: There will always be reasons not to things.

But opportunities to completely change direction in life are rare.

Make the most of the opportunity when it comes.

It’s not about the money or the security.

It’s about finding something that you love that you can see makes a difference to people.

Sometimes you don’t need a why to justify your decision, it’s just a strong gut belief.    I still can’t explain why I made the change; I just knew it was right.  I had to do it, even if I didn’t know where I was heading at the start.

On a final note, I’d like to say that my father became my biggest cheer leader later in the journey and wouldn’t let me give up when things got really tough.