The Final Analysis: The Most Important Prerequisites for a Successful Gender Transition
Okay, if I haven’t yet deterred you from going forward with transition, the least I can do is push you towards the right steps.
There are three essential prerequisites to moving forward and succeeding with a gender transition.
A Viable Economic Plan
Nothing is more important to completing transition than a viable means to earn a living during that process. As a reminder: an “all new” career just as you start your transition is not a viable plan. Neither is some new idea to sell goods and services to the transgender community. Trans-world is very small: there’s not much money to be made within it.
You are blessed. Like never before, company’s maintain policies in support of transgender women. That doesn’t mean you won’t face a new invisible ceiling on advancement. It also does’t mean you won’t face some ugly comments. However, it’s more doable than ever.
A gender transition is expensive. Its time consuming. It’s exhausting. You can’t successfully undertake a project like that - if you’re constantly worried about paying rent or how you’ll pay for your next meal.
No matter how neurotic you might feel after starting HRT. No matter how frustrated you might become over people’s lowered impression of you - don’t quit your job or provide a valid reason for them to fire you. It’s crucial to be employed to succeed at a gender transition.
Dealt with your major nightmareEverybody’s got that “one big nightmare” they must overcome in order to make transition a success. Could be dealing with your parents - or your spouse. Could be getting a job with an HRC sensitive policy or completing electrolysis. Whatever your big dilemma? Deal with it head-on before you start this journey. You’ll face all kinds of minor obstacles throughout transition. Don’t leave a “major” condition on the table, as well.
Embraced how long it’s going to take
It’s ten years: period. Don’t care how much money you have or don’t. Don’t care what your circumstances - plan on it taking ten years until you’ve completely transitioned and established the sort of quality of life you once knew before at every level - and that’s if this goes well.
Don’t harbor any “Cinderella” fantasies about going away and coming back a beautiful girl where nobody knows your a transsexual. Not going to happen and that mindset only sets up frustration.
Additional chapters in This Section include:
MTF Transition Success: Making the Biggest Decision of your Life
MTF Transition - Deciding to do it or Not
A Gender Transition: Final Checklist
Common Reasons We Feel Compelled to Change Genders
How Long Does it Take to Successfully Transition?
Hope for Anyone: What I looked like before transition
Common Mistakes of Beginning Transsexual Women
Defining a Successful MTF Transition
Where to Find a Doctor to Prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy
Preparing to Start a Gender Transition
The Final Analysis on Transition