Start Where You Stand

Picture courtesy of Ludwig Favre Flickr

Picture courtesy of Ludwig Favre Flickr

So you want to move to LA. You think you’re trying your hardest.  You’ve done everything you could possibly think of. You read the books, followed the blogs, wrote information down, and told yourself a million times, “I’m moving to LA,” but you still haven’t made it.

Why not?

Oh, that’s right, you need more money, don’t know where to live, are afraid you won’t make it, or it just isn’t the right time.

If you wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, you will never begin.

Isn’t it  funny how the mind works and how it can talk us out of the things we truly desire? The mind and body absolutely hate stress and desire comfort. If you’re always comfortable, can you really grow?

Quick story: As a child, my mother would take my brother and I to the local pool during the summer. I absolutely loved going to the pool. It seemed like the only time we could escape the Alabama heat. However, there was one day in particular that we went, and I will never forget it. It was a typical summer day in Alabama and we decided to go to the pool. Once we arrived, I vividly remember sticking my foot in the pool and noticing how unusually cold the water was that day. I said to myself, “I’m not getting in this water, it’s freezing!”

Totally ignoring my early mid-life crisis, my mother and brother jumped in the pool right away. I opted instead for the miserable heat. While sitting on a beach chair, I looked around and saw everyone else in the pool having fun and not focused on the temperature of the water.

Why are they having so much fun?

Was the water warmer for them than it was for me?

They must have thicker skin than me.

So many crazy things raced through my mind…

After a few minutes of reflection, I eventually mustered up enough bravery for a second attempt. I put my foot in the water again, and just my luck, it was still freezing!

I told myself, “Ok, that’s it, I’m ready to go home.”

Then, something told me to “just jump”

and I did

I was suspended in air. There was no looking back, only forward. In a matter of seconds, I would be in this water whether I liked it or not.

Was the water cold?

Hell yea!

But before I knew it, I didn’t notice the temperature of the water anymore. I quit being a big baby and enjoyed myself along with everyone else.

Life can be like a cold pool at times. Whether it’s professional or personal, it doesn’t matter– somewhere, there is a “freezing pool” that you’re avoiding. Most of us don’t want to get in, either because it’s too cold, or not the exact temperature we want it to be. Thing is, the pool is where all the interesting and successful people reside! I know you don’t want to make a decision which may be life altering and wrong – a decision from which you may never recover from – it’s O.K., you’re human.

But, guess what?

You are actually the person outside of the pool on a hot summer day, sitting in a beach chair, crying like a little baby, while looking at everyone else in the pool enjoying themselves.

In other words? You are nowhere near moving to LA.

You must jump out of your comfort zone and into the pool, and adjust to your situation accordingly. If moving to LA is something you truly want, you will find a way to make it happen. Roadblocks that you thought were impossible to overcome will disappear.

You will never be able to progress in this life without a little stress and discomfort.

So, stop making excuses and jump!

You will be much stronger and happier in the end.


Justin Resarieo is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of The University of Alabama. He has lived in LA for 6 years and enjoys the weather, creativity, and opportunity the city offers.


  • Reply October 3, 2011

    Chelsea M.

    I love this article – inspiring! I am actually about to embark on a cross-country move from Nashville to L.A. in a few weeks and jump in. I will be documenting my travels on and 🙂 “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” – Susan Jeffers

    • Justin
      Reply October 3, 2011


      Glad you liked it Chelsea! Good luck on your cross country move. I’ll check out your website as well.

  • Reply October 10, 2011


    I am also moving to LA soon. I’m at the ‘about to just jump in’ phase, but need to get a few things together before I embark. I feel like there are so many things that need to be done first. A lil overwhelming.

  • Reply October 25, 2011


    I’m right behind you Chelsea. leaving Nashville in about 2 weeks.

    Great articles by the way, especially this one. If you’re going to go..just go!

  • Reply January 14, 2015


    This was so inspirational.
    I’ll be back the transition to LA in spring. I admit that I’m nervous; however, it makes sense for me to be there given my path in life.
    So I am ready.
    A little afraid, yes. But my determination to make it has outweighed the fear.
    I have healthy cash flow and myself =0)

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