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February 20, 2008

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~Live Life on Purpose ~Work at What You Love ~Follow Your Own Road

Inside Today's Issue

Opportunity Knocks

Want to Be an Entrepreneur?
Start “Hanging Out” With Them

Featured Resource

Earn a Great Living as a Freelance Copywriter  

Special Announcement 

Find Your Calling by Helping Others Find Theirs

Feature Article

The Key to Changing Course is to Start 

Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses

  • Work at What You Love Workshop

  • Mark Victor Hansen's Mega Book Marketing University

  • Travel to Ecuador this Spring and Learn How Easy it Can Be to Turn Your Vacation Snapshots into Cash… Plus Master Spanish in Just a Week!

  • "How to Become Joyfully Jobless" with Barbara Winter

The View From the Other Side

Resources for a Change

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 The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ~ Walter Bagehot

Opportunity Knocks: Creative Ways to Make a Living Without A Job

Want to Be an Entrepreneur?
Start "Hanging Out" With Them!

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By Valerie Young

Sometimes, great opportunities get in the way of "life." In this case, a last minute, and very exciting, business trip to New York City put a serious cramp in my writing time.

Part 2 of "Are Your Attitudes About Money Holding
You Back?" will resume in the next issue. Instead, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some fascinating entrepreneurs.

Starting Small, Thinking Big

Crystal Kane is a great example of someone who turned a common problem into a great business opportunity. One day she was sitting in the back of her car feeding her 6 month old daughter, Lily. Suddenly, the bottle BumbleBug the beebegan leaking everywhere - on the baby, on her, and in the car. Desperate for a solution, Crystal grabbed one of Lily's baby blankets to wrap around the bottle. Lily grabbed hold of the blanket-wrapped bottle, and for the first time in her young life, was able to effortlessly feed herself. Better yet, she seemed comforted by the soft fabric of the blanket.

Knowing a great idea when she sees one, Crystal immediately made plans to create fun animal and insect-inspired bottle holders with soft ears or wings the infant could use to hold the bottle. She named them LilyBugs, a term of endearment given to her daughter. These adorable creatures work with baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles, and more.

What began as a simple idea has turned into a LilyBug empire. Crystal's fascinating product has been featured at Baby and Toddler Expos and was included in the $100,000 celebrity gift bags at the 2007 Emmy Awards. If you have an infant or toddler in your life, or just want to see an example of how you can start something small and make it grow, you really need to visit her website at

Tapping An Unlikely Partnership

WhenSusan Reimer-Torn created Scentient Beings (, it was to help adults boost their confidence, self-trust, and clarity. Combining her interest in aromatherapy and her passion for coaching, she offers her clients, as her tagline reads, "the scents to be your best self, breath by aromatic breath."

Susan recently took a trip to California to introduce her Scentient Beings Life-Coaching, Aromatherapy Kit to some west coast spas. During that visit, she tapped into an unlikely partnership. While at a dinner party, Susan struck up a conversation with Katherine Priore. Katherine runs Headstand, a nonprofit organization that works with the San Francisco School Alliance to bring yoga into inner-city schools. But Katherine does much more than simply teach yoga to these children. She uses yoga as a tool to address their most challenging issues: concentration, focus, self-esteem, motivation, resisting stress, substance abuse, and peer pressure.

While maybe not an obvious fit, Susan realized right away that her company strives to achieve these same goals, but for burned-out adults. Wondering if there might be a way to both learn from and help Katherine, she offered to donate some aromatherapy inhalers for the kids and the kids loved them!

Now, Susan and Katherine are coming up with more and more ideas for how aromatherapy can enhance Headstand's mission of helping children to be their best selves and intend to co-develop a kids' line of breathable oils with the profits being used to fund additional inner-city work. As Susan says, this "accidental partnership" has taken on a life of its own.

"Get in the Conversation"

Barbara Winter often talks about how important it is to "get in the conversation" with other entrepreneurs. That's exactly what our next entrepreneur does on a regular basis.George Murphy is the host of a television show called"Making It Here" on local public television station WGBY ( If you're in western New England, you may have had the pleasure of watching George interview a host of entrepreneurs from a woman who started a human powered hauling and delivery service ( to a guy who repairs and restores clocks (

I've been a fan of George's show for years. In fact, for those who attended last year's Work at What You Love Workshop, I originally discovered 2006 panelist Leslie Grinnell from Eddie's Wheels ( on George's show.

With the show now in its sixth season,George has talked with literally hundreds of entrepreneurs. During that time, he's had the chance to see up close and in person just what makes an inspired entrepreneur tick. But you don't have to have your own television show to start asking your own questions. George and "Making it Here" are great reminders that the next time you're out and about, start asking questions and you'll be amazed at what you'll learn.

The exciting news is that Crystal, Susan, and George have agreed to share their stories as part of the Inspired Entrepreneurs Panel at the Work at What You Love Workshop happening this April in Northampton, Massachusetts. For any local entrepreneurs looking for your 15 minutes of fame, "Making it Here" producer David Fraser will also be on hand looking for the next inspired entrepreneur. 

P.S. Lisa had her video camera out at last year's workshop and captured a few aspiring entrepreneurs and inspiring attendees in action. Listen in as your fellow dreamers talk about the workshop:

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"Profiting From Your Passions" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.

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To succeed, we must first believe that we can. ~ Michael Korda

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If You Can Write a Simple Letter, You Can Earn a Great Living as a Freelance Copywriter 

Simply put, a copywriter is someone who uses words to sell products, services, or causes. One huge perk of being a Earn a living as a freelance copywriterfreelance copywriter is the flexible lifestyle. You can earn your living from anywhere in the world – on the road in your RV, in a London flat, on an island, or in your own home. The self-paced course is outstanding and includes individual feedback from an American Writers & Artists Institute instructor. Plus, they show you everything you need to know to start getting paid assignments. Top copywriters earn mega-six figure incomes. Most people average more in the $40,000 – $80,000 range. I've personally met dozens of people who've been able to quit their job in as little as a year and are now working as freelance copywriters.

Read my complete course review and meet the instructors and people who've taken the course or listen toKatie Yeakle, Executive Director of American Writers & Artists Institute, and Krista Jones, a freelance copywriter, answer questions about being a professional copywriter as part of our Ask the Expert Teleclass series


To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.~ Muhammad Ali


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Opportunity Knocks

Note from the Editor: Rather than use a guest article for this issue, I thought I would share one of Valerie's previous articles from our article archive. You'll find many more inspiring articles like this one at

The Key to Changing Course is to Start:
6 Tips on How to Get Started

By Valerie Young

Sometimes signs arrive when you least expect them. On a recent dog walk along the Connecticut River, I spotted a large white sign tacked to a tree on the opposite shore. The sign contained a single word: Start.

This simple but powerful word got me thinking of all the different places someone who wanted to change course could start. Here are 6 tips to get you started on getting started:

1. Start where you are.

The great tennis player Arthur Ashe once said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Let’s say the main thing holding you back is money. You might start by downsizing your life now so when you do take the leap, you’ll be better prepared to earn less in the short term. Or, you could start by setting up a special savings account to fund your dream. The psychological impact of saving for a dream can be as powerful as the actual monetary earnings.

2. Start hanging out with the right crowd.

A client named Eve had been a teacher for 20 years. Whenever she talked about the things she’d love to do – travel, work with dogs, start a summer camp, her voice would fill with excitement. This initial excitement, though, would though always turn to resignation, “I know this is just a pipe dream,” she’d sigh.

The fact that I never see dreams as unrealistic made me think that Eve was probably hanging out with the wrong people. People who have always worked for someone else tend to have a status quo, play it safe, the only way out is to hit the lottery type mentality. Entrepreneurs on the other hand are possibility people. They think “what if…” and “why not?” and then they go out and make it happen.

Where do you find entrepreneurs? You don’t have to be a business owner to join your local chamber of commerce or another organization like Business and Professional Women (BPW).  Even though I’m not an inventor, I joined a local inventor’s group just to be in the company of “yes you can” type people.

3. Start tuning into your gifts

A great place to begin to explore your true calling is by looking back at the kinds of things you loved to do as a child. That’s what Barbara Ewing of Springfield, Massachusetts did. Barbara has known since she was young that she loved to cook. When other kids were outside playing, Barbara would be in the kitchen.

Pay attention, too, to the things you love to do right now. Like Barbara, Cindy Friedman of California shared a passion for food and cooking. When I first met Cindy she was considering becoming a personal chef. Living in wine country also made her want to work somehow with wine.

For Gail Greenwald, a 41-year-old from New York City, that love is yoga. So much so, that after a long day working at her job in a media research company, Gail still had the energy to teach a yoga class. If something makes you happy, it probably contains important clues to your calling.

If you still don’t know what you want to be “when you grow up” then start by trying to find out. You might want to do as Barbara did and start by recalling the kinds of things you loved doing as a kid, start reading Wishcraft, or anything by Barbara Sher, or checking out numerous articles in the Changing Course articles archive at

4. Start listening more to yourself and less to others.

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Unfortunately, even in childhood, our dreams too often get dismissed. Barbara says that growing up, her interest in cooking was always either viewed as a hobby or as “cute.” She says, “I was never encouraged to pursue this as a career choice,” adding “sadly, I am not alone. If more people would just stop listening to others and instead develop [their] God given talent or skill,” she writes, “we as a society would have happier, less stressed, successful workers (versus the grumpy, stressed, unhappy, successful workers).”

Once you do find your gift, Gail says you should never dive in without doing your homework. Once you do, though, she adds, you should “listen to your heart because your head will tell you differently.”

5. Start letting go of the idea that everything has to be perfect

In his online newsletter, Quick Tips for Creative People, creativity coach Bob Baker writes, “Far too many creative people drag out the artistic process, adjusting a detail here, fine-tuning a nuance there... waiting for a time when the thing is as perfect as they can get it. Others wait years just to start a new project. They require every factor (including their mood) to be in alignment before they'll even take the first step.”

Perfectionism is the bane of dreams. So is striving to be the “expert” who has to know everything there is to know about a subject before you can take action. And like perfectionism, striving to be the expert can slow you down or, in some cases, bring your goals to a screeching halt.

Why? Because if your definition of competence is “needing to know everything there is to know” then there will always be one more book to read, one more class to take, one more presentation to make, one more book to write, one more degree to earn before you dare pronounce yourself “qualified.”

6. Start taking action

Since attending the Dreams Can’t Wait workshop, Barbara has made tremendous strides in turning her dream of launching her own food line into reality.

She writes, “I have decided on a name for my food brand, contacted the Franklin County Community Development Center and met with director of the Food Center. I have chosen the first six or so recipes I want to use to get the food line started. I have also started formulating the next level (growth) processes. In addition to the contact with the Food Center and development of my ideas, I have enrolled in the American Writers & Artists Institute Copywriting and Resume Writing courses. My plan is to use some of the writing income to fund the Food project.” (For more information on these courses go to

Cindy, too, took action. After 16 years in the software industry in Marin County, California, the 39-year-old decided it was time to get off the fast track. She quit her high-pressured sales job and moved to a less expensive area of the state to work in the fields she really loved, wine and food.

But first she reconsidered her initial idea of becoming a personal chef. “After giving this careful consideration I decided to hold off pursuing it in the fear that I would burn out and not enjoy cooking for my own family and friends anymore... which is something I enjoy immensely.”

The important thing is that Cindy put herself in a position to be open to possibility. So when a part time position opened up in Chico at a very successful wine bar and cheese shop, she went for it. “The customers are demanding and walk in with their dinner menus and ask for specific wine pairing recommendations. This job has turned into much more than just retail sales. I have helped the owner with special events, including wine tasting classes, etc.”

Sometimes changing course happens in phases. Cindy says, “I am exactly where I need to be. Even though I am not running my own business I have flexibility and am able to enjoy being involved with something I am passionate about. Perhaps someday I'll become such an expert in my field that I can teach community classes about wine tasting basics and pairing wine and food!”

Gail has also taken bold steps to transform her love of yoga into her career. These are the kind of follow up emails every career advisor loves to get. She writes:

“About 3 weeks [after our session] I found a listing on a yoga website for a yoga teacher at a B&B in Cozumel, Mexico. I corresponded with the owner, went down in June to visit and this Thursday I'm leaving for a stay of four months to teach yoga classes in English. I quit my job to follow a more rewarding path."

Three weeks later another update arrives. Reading Gail’s update should inspire anyone with a dream to start. She writes:

“My decision to go to Cozumel, Mexico involved a surrendering of some sort. I left a steady job, the sites and sounds of New York City, said goodbye to clients, co-workers, friends and family to make room for a new experience. My schedule and transportation options allow me to bike to Playa Azul during the day. I swim in the clear turquoise colored waters at this beach and admire palm trees sprouting out of white powdery sand.

I am able to travel to Isla Mujeres, another island that is a laid back Caribbean paradise of shallow clear waters. It is twenty minutes by ferry from the city of Cancun on the Mexican mainland. An overnight stay at the island enabled me to see the moon lighting a lunar path over the sea and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean’s ebb and flow.

I find myself giving in to afternoon naps. The temperature has been in the 80’s with high humidity. It is perfect for falling asleep below a whirling ceiling fan. There are areas of Cozumel I would still like to explore, but when I feel my body dragging and my eyes closing, doing nothing is more satisfying.”

Not quite ready for such a big change? Then start small. Read a book, take a course, talk to someone who is doing work you’re drawn to, research how other people are making a living from their love of animals, cooking, writing, travel, art, or wherever your own gifts lie.

If you’re waiting for inspiration to strike first, don’t. As Frank Tibolt put it, “We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” When it comes to changing the course of your life, the key is always simply to start.

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About the Author

"Profiting From Your Passions" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.

To read more articles about how to work at what you love without a job go to

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Join "Outside the Job Box" expert Valerie Young and Barbara Winter, best-selling author of Making a Living Without a Job for what promises to be an extraordinary two days – filled with energy, enthusiasm, wisdom...and practical, life-changing know-how.

April 11-12, 2008
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"After the workshop I decided that life was too short not to follow my dreams...and I started planning my future. About a year later, I resigned from my "big salary" job to pursue my dreams." ~ Suzanne Willis

Mark Victor Hansen's Mega Book Marketing University

If you're an author, an aspiring author or interested in book publishing, here's why you need to sign up RIGHT NOW for Mega Book Marketing 2008:

  • The publishing industry is changing by the minute.Mark Victor Hansen

  • Without experts to help you navigate your way through the "publishing jungle", you're sure to get eaten up alive…and forgotten before your book ever has a chance to make it to best-seller status.

  • Many folks who have attended the MEGA Book weekends have become international speakers, New York Times best-selling authors, successful information entrepreneurs, and top-paid publishing pros.

  • Many of our attendees will pitch their book ideas to Top Agents and Publishers.

Whether you're a new author or an author of five best-sellers, you've got to wonder…"How can I make my book a success when the 'old Book Publishing model' is dead and today's model is constantly changing?"

Find out the secrets of publishing your book faster, easier, and less expensively than ever before, using the latest methods and technology.

February 29 - March 2
Los Angeles, CA

Travel to Ecuador this Spring and Learn How Easy it Can Be to Turn Your Vacation Snapshots into Cash… Plus Master Spanish in Just a Week!

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"How to Become Joyfully Jobless" Teleclass Series hosted by Barbara Winter

Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job

Barbara Winter

Learn what it takes to live the joyfully jobless life from the master − Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job. A vivacious and wildly popular speaker, Barbara will address such topics as the power of multiple income streams… how to stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an entrepreneur… why starting small is the smartest (and most profitable) way to launch your new enterprise… and much more.

Like mini-workshops, these monthly Joyfully Jobless Teleclasses are interactive, which means you get to ask questions and benefit from firsthand feedback from the woman I call the "Muse of Self-Bossing."

This series is free to current members of the Fast Track Your Dream Community*. Non-members are welcome to attend for $19 with all proceeds going to the non-profit micro-grant organization**

Wednesday, February 20th
8:00-9:00pm Eastern Time

Wednesday, March 12th
8:00-9:00pm Eastern Time  

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**A portion of all revenue from this Teleclass will go to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of impoverished people in the US and internationally via the micro-grant organization

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln


The View From theOther Side

 "Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
I was determined to try.
I was determined to try because, frankly, my life was such a mess at this point, what – what was the worst that could happen? Everyone turn me down? Big deal."

~ JK Rowling, creator of Harry Potter




Resources for a Change

Learn from 12 Work at Home Experts
Work at home expert Carrie Wilkerson has put together an impressive line-up of free Teleseminars featuring experts on a broad range of subjects like marketing, sales, staying motivated, and more. The whole point is to help current and aspiring self-bossers think bigger so they can start or grow their own at-home business. My segment is happening March 18th and I feel honored to be included with the likes of Jerry Clark (whom I had the pleasure of lunching with in Denver), Kim Dukes, and a host of others. The classes are geared to women but honestly anyone can benefit. Carrie has very generously made this entire program free or you can upgrade to the premium version of the summit at any time. At what she’s asking relative to what you get I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t.
Classes are underway now – jump in 
(To get a feel for what Carrie’s philosophy is all about watch her short movie

Book Writer’s Retreat for Coaches/Consultants, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs
Writing a book is a great way to get credibility and exposure. This three day workshop and retreat features three on-site experts who know what it takes to write, publish and market a business, health, or inspirational (non-fiction) book. I have not attended this event but met Joan at a seminar and was impressed with her and her work. Class is limited to 10. First four registrants receive free lodging. Learn more at C  If you have a book inside of you but can’t get to a live workshop – or want to write fiction – I highly recommend a program called Break into

A New Earth Awakening to Your Life’s Purposeby Echart Tolle
Oprah is offering a 10-week webcast on the book. Some friends of mine are starting a weekly discussion group - you might want to do the same.
The webcast is free but registration
is required  For your convenience, A New Earth is now available in the Changing Course

Get Paid to Read: Writing Book Reviews for Fun and Profit
Co-authors Steve Weinburg (Steve earns $10,000-$20,000 a year this way and gets all the books for free) and Bob Bly show book lovers how to get paid to read. This will not replace your income, but could be one profit center and a fun place to start down the freelance trail. I have not read the manual, but I know Bob professionally and personally and (not that this prolific and highly respected writer needs my endorsement but for what it’s worth) anything Bob puts out is top notch.

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor
This book by Gary Keller is considered by many to be a principle-based, step-by-step guide to real estate investments and the definitive source for real estate investing. This New York Times best-seller is also the foundation for Longmeadow, Massachusetts-based real estate agent Carol Bright’s workshop by the same name. In a time when a lot of realtors have had to bail out of the business, it’s also a great example of someone in a down market using her entrepreneurial wits to tap a viable niche. Wisely, Carol is targeting her workshop to women who tend to shy away from finances and investing. Spaces are limited. To register for the February 23 workshop ($49) call 413-747-4648.

Note: Changing Course does not accept paid advertisements from any of the resources listed here. This list is provided to expand your thinking about just how many interesting ways there are to make a living without a job!