Certainly an option to getting your feet wet is to cannonball in and see what happens.
The other (smarter) way is to dip your toes in a part of the pool you have no intention in entering.
Before pitching to an actual client, pitch to three people in the coffee shop.
Before you’re asking an investor for cash, talk to banks that you have no plan in borrowing from.
Before you talk to your department head, talk to someone next to you.
Here’s another analogy: There’s a reason why the boss you fight in any quest is at the end.
You learn new moves along the way, you learn new tactics, you learn how to be better.
Tell me again how the real world is any different?
Stay Positive & No More CANNNNONNNNBAALLLLLLLs Please