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5 Reasons You’re Trapped in the Wrong Job

The soccer game was tied “two all” when the pass came to my nephew.

Thrilled at the prospect of scoring the winning goal, Jeff began dribbling the ball down the field as fast as his five-year-old legs could carry him.

The coach yelled, “You’re going the wrong way!”

“I know,” Jeff shouted over his shoulder and kept dribbling.

Again the coach tried to correct the young player’s course.

And, again, Jeff responded with an insistent, “I know!”

The coach now waving his arms wildly hollered,

“Hey, Jeffrey, you’re going the wrong way!”

Jeff, equally exasperated, shouted back…

“I KNOW! I CAN’T TURN THE BALL AROUND!”

When my sister called to tell me the story, my first thought was, I know exactly how he feels.

I’d spent the last seven years commuting 90 miles a day to a job that paid the bills, but did not feed my spirit.

I knew I was going the wrong way.

But, I just couldn’t seem to turn the ball around.

I’m not the only one.

Far too many people wind up in the wrong job… the wrong life.

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Maybe you’re a dental assistant who should have been a math teacher.

Or an executive who should have opened a winery.

Or an architect who should be running an animal shelter.

Why Do People Go the Wrong Way?

There are many reasons why people end up in the wrong careers.

Here are five of the most common…

1)  You were encouraged to play it safe

When Robin Williams told his father about his desire to become an actor, his dad advised him to study welding, “Just in case.”

My own parents encouraged me to become a teacher. That way I’d have “something to fall back on in case something happened to my husband.”

Sadly, far too many people took the well-intentioned advice of parents to take the safest path – even if it was the least satisfying one.

2)  You don’t want to “waste the degree”

Years ago, a 28-year-old web developer and programmer named Bill wrote to say he felt stuck in a job he no longer enjoys.

He said he hates sitting in front of a monitor all day and worries that the stress of corporate life will shorten his life.

“I know,” says Bill, “I am trading money for health and happiness.”

More than anything else, Bill wants to be free. 

“This sounds crazy,” he explains, “but I want to be a locksmith or somebody who works with their hands and does not sit in a chair between four walls all day.”

So, what’s the problem?

Bill didn’t want to “waste his programming degree.”

My response to Bill or anyone at this same juncture is simple.

If you think wasting your degree is a shame, try your life.

3)  You’re a “job snob”

For some people, what begins as a desire to please or perhaps even impress others, can turn into something even more detrimental to our dreams – namely, pride.  

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One of my newsletter readers, a woman named Sandra, shared an all-too-familiar story.

When I was 19, I was working full-time as a legal secretary in Washington, D.C. The attorney, whom I was working for, was in his 30’s, said something to me that has stuck ever since.

He said, ‘You know something, Sandy, all my life, all I wanted was to become a bartender, but my parents would not go for that and made me become an attorney. I am miserable doing this.’ 

I’ll never forget that or him and how sad I felt for him.

It was his body language that I remember toohow he was slumped over behind his desk, his head drawn downthe sadness and visible pain etched on his face.

Had his parents not stood in his way, he perhaps could have owned a restaurant with a bar and lived each day fully in a way that spoke to his spirit.

I can only hope that he did one day take the courage and leave that law firm.

4)  No one ever asked you the right question

Remember when you were a kid and everyone kept asking what you wanted to be when you grew 

But, what if they’d asked a different question instead?

Here’s a 2-minute video of me on stage in Los Angeles talking about that very subject…

 

How I Turned the Ball Around

It took the unexpected death of my mother for me to finally decide to leave my corporate job and strike out on my own.

I didn’t know how exactly I could earn money.

What I did know was I wanted to work from home and work for myself.

From there I had to figure out what I loved to do.

Like you, I have multiple gifts and interests.

I’m a huge idea person.

My favorite question is, “What if…?”

Which pretty much means brainstorming is at the top of my list.

And guess what… today I get paid to do it!

I know I’m not the only idea person out there.

That’s why I created a new workshop called Paid to Brainstorm.

 

 

It’s 100 percent content.

It 100 percent free to attend.

And it starts now.

Whether you’re a seasoned life/career/executive coach looking to add another specialty to your practice (and money in your pocket) OR are just an idea person like me…

Join the party now at PaidtoBrainstorm.com!


They Said She Couldn’t Sell Her Music (Boy Were They Wrong!)

It’s been 15 years since I featured the unlikely success story of a homemaker named Lorraine Doan.

Now as then, this story offers hope for anyone who wants to follow your own road but been told, “it can’t be done.”

Like many businesses, Lorraine’s was born out personal crisis when her marriage of 23 years came to a sudden and unexpected end.

At midlife, Lorraine was forced t0 support herself and her kids.

Despite starting piano lessons a mere six years earlier – and at the most devastating period of her life – Lorraine began to compose hymns.

Then she decided to produce an album.

There was just one little problem…

Lorraine had no previous business experience, no computer skills, no knowledge of the music industry, and no financial backer.

Most industry experts would have predicted a doomsday failure.

Lorraine’s, dream of making, never mind selling her own album, should have been history, forgotten, and buried.

But that’s not what happened…

Breaking into Music On a Wing, a Prayer, and a “Secret”

In just two years and without the benefit of commercial advertisement or the backing of a major label Lorraine had placed 13,000 copies of her album The Promise.

That was in 2000. Since then that number has grown to an astounding 91,000 copies!

How Lorraine did it was the subject of an interview with Lisa Hendey, founder CatholicMom.com. (A site which by the way, offers another great example of someone who took a passion and ran with it!)

In the interview Lorraine credits God for her gift, the inspiration to create an album, and for leading her to people who become collaborators and champions.

From there Lorraine used the same “secret” as every other successful small business owner – she rolled up her sleeves and got busy, explaining:

The marketing and distribution of my album was something I learned from scratch. I developed a very simple strategy.  I called every Catholic store in the US that I could find.  Then I mailed a demo and followed up with a phone call.

Her dedication paid off.

Today Lorraine has over 900 accounts that sell her album including some Christian stores.

Since starting her own independent music publishing business in 1998 Lorraine recorded two more albums, her music has been featured on television and radio, been a frequent guest speaker at various Catholic churches and gatherings, and produced albums for another artist.

Turning Can’t Into Can 

We all have gifts. Including you.

Once you discover your gifts, you’ll have also found the path to living life on your own terms.

Sadly, though most people fall victim to the belief that it’s not possible to change course.  Little wonder.

“By the time you’ve hit your 20’s,” says Walter Anderson, author of Courage is a Three Letter Word and The Greatest Risk of All, “you’ll have heard a whopping 25,000 “can’ts.”

Twenty-five THOUSAND… that’s a lot of “can’ts.”

You can’t work at what you love and make a good living.

It’s too hard.

There’s too much competition.

It will never work.

Impossible.

The message is clear: You need to just forget about your crazy dream.

The problem is… you can’t.

The fact that you’re reading tells me you really do know it’s possible to do as the Changing Course motto says and work at what you love… follow your own road… and live life on purpose.

That’s why it’s so important to learn from people like Lorraine.

And to every other self-bosser who ignored conventional wisdom and said, “Yes I can.”

Lorraine was in her mid-forties when she changed course. Once again proving in the wise words of the Victorian writer George Eliot…

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

You just need to start.

Today is the last day to get your free copy of Yes You Can: The Inspirational Kick in the Pants You Need to Take Control of Your Life and Go After Your Dreams (a $29 value).

If you’re ready to turn can’t into can, then click on the heart now to learn how you too can…

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Can You Have Too Many Passions?

I’m passionate about helping people think outside the job box.

One of the many great things about being your own boss is getting to pick your own title. Which of course is why I’ve been the Dreamer in Residence at Changing Course since 1995.

Another great thing about self-bossing is you can have as many titles as you want!

Guest contributor Kate Navarro Fessler has three

Transformation Catalyst, First Class Life Mentor, and Licensed Profit from Your Passions® Coach!

If you have “too many” passions, Kate’s here today with some helpful advice for so-called “scanners” everywhere.

Whether you have multiple gifts and interest or you’re still trying to find your calling, click here now to learn about a new group Kate’s running just for you.

Already know what you love to do, but need help turning it into a real business?

Then another recent guest contributor and Chief Inspirational Officer at Different Drummer Coaching, Linda Tomsho (Making Money From Your Art: Are You a “HO” or a “BO”?) has the perfect business building group for you!

The thing is there are only two spots left in Kate and Linda’s “dream teams.”

So if really want to work at what you love… then do yourself a huge favor and take a moment now to see if being a part of either the Idea Seekers or the Business Builder Dream Team is right for you.

Either way I know you’re going to love Kate’s article…

Jack or Jill of All Trades – Master of ??
More Advice for “Scanners” Everywhere

Kate Navarro Fessler

In my family, we jokingly call it “useless knowledge.”

Avoiding distractions and clear strategy for solutions in business leadership with a straight path to success choosing the right strategic plan with yellow green black and red traffic signs through a maze of highways.

You know, the kind where you can name every song and artist on the radio, or you have an encyclopedic recall of historic events. Random information that you read somewhere or something you’ve explored that most people don’t know or have deemed uninteresting.

It serves you well in Trivial Pursuit, but could you make a living from it?

I’ve always been interested in learning new things.

For example, when I discovered that I like wine, I took a sommelier class to learn about it in-depth. I didn’t want to be a sommelier – but if I wanted to get a deep understanding of wine, hanging out with professionals and learning the way they do seemed like the logical way to go!

But of course nobody really understood why I would go to all that trouble if I didn’t want to get a job doing it.

I used to think my thirst for knowledge meant there was something wrong with me.

I had a day job that a lot of people would be thrilled to have, but I was always piling on more learning and still, at my age, looking for my “true calling.”

On that journey, I discovered that I was a “Scanner” – a term first coined by Barbara Sher and which later became the focus of her groundbreaking book, Refuse to Choose: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams.

A Scanner is someone who loves to learn, to explore, to try new things.

They’re easily bored, and sometimes don’t finish what they start.

Scanners find it hard to choose one direction, fearing they’ll be bogged down in the sameness of it.

They’re curious, interested in practically everything, fascinated by life, and fascinating because of their wide range of knowledge and abilities.

Scanners thrive on change.

No wonder I couldn’t settle down into one thing!

While others might define this as a mild form of ADD, or commitment-phobia, the fact is that my brain is wired to always be seeking knowledge, new ideas, and new experiences.

If this sounds like you, take heart!

There’s nothing wrong with you either. In fact, you have a somewhat rare “disorder” of a renaissance mind.

In today’s culture of short attention spans and ever-changing fads and trends, it’s actually a big asset!

There are lots of ways to make a living if you’re a Scanner.

Instead of the “one big idea,” you’ll probably be happier with “multiple streams of income.” All that learning you’ve done, all those areas of mastery that you think are “useless knowledge” – those could be your ticket to living your ideal life.

Not sure how to do it?

  • First and foremost, give yourself permission to pursue your dreams! Next, take the advice of Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living Without a Job and look for ways you can “get in the conversation.” In this case that could be as simple as finding other entrepreneurially-minded Scanners for mutual support and idea generation.
  • Think about teaching others – if you find something intriguing, chances are others will too. Of course, not everyone will want to “deep dive” like I did with a sommelier class. But most people will enjoy learning the highlights. More importantly, you’ll have a ball sharing what you know with others – and getting paid to do it!
  • Consider how your interests might play well together. Could you combine your love of baking with your passion for healthful ingredients and come up with a great new product trend (remember Mrs. Fields?). Or if you love to drive and meet new people, you could become an Uber driver.
  • Allow one path to lead to the next. For instance, while chatting with your Uber clients, you may discover trends in the kinds of questions asked or common gripes or challenges. After all, the first rule of business is, find a need and fill it!
  • Accept that there may not be one “grand passion” for you. There’s nothing wrong with a “temporary permanent commitment.” As Barbara Sher says, “If Scanners didn’t think they should limit themselves to one field, 90 percent of their problems would cease to exist.”

Most of the people I coach are Scanners, but they don’t always know it. They have a lot of ideas, but don’t believe any of them are worth much.

One of my clients had three ideas he was considering. We evaluated each one and focused on one to develop first.

Today he is well on his way to developing what I believe is actually a huge idea.

An idea that also gives him the freedom within the framework of the larger business to create different lines of products – which in turn feeds his “Scanner” personality.

If you recognize yourself as a Scanner, take the next step and get in the conversation!

What ideas do you have? Evaluate them one by one and see which feels like the right place to start.

As Barbara Sher wisely points out, “Once you know you’re a Scanner, you’re free to take your first step toward the life you’ve been longing for.”

So, what are you waiting for!

www.DaniMcDonoughPhotography.comKate Navarro Fessler is a Transformation Catalyst, First Class Life Mentor, and Licensed Profit from Your Passions® Coach.  Kate believes that everyone has a unique calling and purpose, and far more potential than they realize.  She has helped numerous individuals tap into that potential, define their own success, and create the life of their dreams.

As a former corporate wage slave, Kate understands how difficult it can be to shift from employee to entrepreneur, and works with her clients not only on the practical aspects of creating income streams “outside the job box,” but also on the mindset that accompanies successfully making that transition. 

Kate lives in Kirkland, Washington, with her husband, James, and chocolate lab, Freyja.  Discover more at her website, www.yourliferealized.com.

There are only 2 openings left in Kate’s Idea Seekers Dream Team and 2 in Linda’s Business Building Dream Team.

Claim your seat here now.


I figured this would happen [Take the quiz explains why]

In some ways my father and I are a lot alike. For instance, in high school our respective classes both elected us “class wit.”

But in other ways we couldn’t be more different.

So I wasn’t surprised by what happened a few years back when my Dad and I drove to the airport to pick up my brother.

It was mid-August, 102 degrees and humid as heck.

“Knowing” there would never be a parking spot close to the terminal, my father wanted to head directly to the back lot where spaces were plentiful.

I preferred to start with the row closest to the terminal and work our way back.

After much prodding, my father agreed to try the lot nearer to the terminal. But only as far as the last row.

If we didn’t find something there, he informed me, we’d proceed directly to the back lot.

Not only did we find a spot, but on our way into the terminal we walked past a primo parking in the very first row.

My Dad’s response was, “It probably wouldn’t have been there when we were looking.”

In other words, I prefer to think things will work out. My father presumes they will not.

I was reminded of a quote often misappropriated to Henry Ford that says…

If You Think You Can, Or You Think You Can’t, You’re Right

I understand that pessimism is just a defense mechanism to shield you from disappointment.

But I also know that this self-limiting notion that, “Things won’t work out anyway… so why bother?” keeps a whole lot of people stuck from ever living their dream.

If you find yourself automatically driving to the back lot of life, maybe it’s time to do an attitude check…

Take the Quiz

  • Do you see yourself as deserving of happiness?
  • Do you think things will probably work out for the best?
  • If things don’t work out do you see it as an opportunity to either try again or to find a different approach?
  • Do you see yourself as the director of your life or as having no control over the outcome?
  • When a traffic light turns red do you think, “Just my luck!”? If yes, do you feel the same way when you catch a green light?

If you have a positive attitude then you have a great foundation from which to launch your dream of working at what you love.

If however, you tend to assume the worse –– then changing course is going to be more challenging – but still entirely possible.

In fact, my friend and career change guru Barbara Sher insists you don’t need to think positive to achieve your dreams.

On the occasion of her best-selling book Wishcraft turning 30 Barbara wrote…

Everyone has “…everything they need inside them to create the life they want, and to see that the reason they haven’t achieved their dreams so far is because humans can’t sustain positive thinking, they need structure, accountability and support.

Isolation and a lack of structure can create disorientation and fear.

That’s why I repeat, over and over, ‘Isolation is the dream killer, not your lousy attitude.”

So you see, how you answered the quiz is not important.

What really matters is do you want to create the life you want? And if so…

Are You Finally Ready To Either
A) Find Your Calling or
B) Take Massive Action On An Existing Idea Or Business?

The thing is you can keep trying to figure everything out alone.

Getting overwhelmed… or becoming discouraged when the ideas or the money doesn’t follow as quickly as you’d like… then procrastinating, and finally giving up.

No one wants that.

That’s why I created an affordable and highly effective way you can get the ongoing support you need to create the life you really want.

Click here now to read about seven people who – regardless of their attitude — made more progress on their dreams in six months than most people do in six years!


Think BIG… No (BIGGER)!!!

The get rich quick types HATE what I’m about to tell you. But in good conscious, I have to…

Everyone who has achieved a dream struggled along the way. And that includes me.

After I left my corporate job there were definitely lean times.


Times I had to borrow money from a friend to get my computer fixed…

Times when sales were barely trickling in and clients were scarce…

Times when I’d draft plan after plan… only to not follow through…

The major turning point for me was when I joined a “mastermind” group – or what I now to think of as a “dream team.”

The original term comes from Napoleon Hill’s now classic Think and Grow Rich – a book he wrote during the depths of the Great Recession.

In it he describes a mastermind as, “A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.”

Hill expanded on the topic in a series of television shows he filmed in the 1960s explaining,

It is the principle through which you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence and perhaps the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life.

It is the principle through which you can accomplish in one year more than you could accomplish without it in a lifetime if you depended entirely on your efforts for success

Over the past six months, Changing Course has hosted two Dream Teams.

It was a chance for people to draw on the collective wisdom and experience of other like-minded souls in order to finally, “follow through with both plan and purpose.”

After watching the growth of these members I’m able to make an even bolder claim than Hill’s one year promise.

Quite simply…

When You Join a Dream Team,
You Will Get More Done in Six Months
Than Most People Do in Six Years


And we’ve got the Success Stories to prove it!


Plus, many support groups are left to figure things out on their own.

But these Dream Teams are led by a licensed Profiting From Your Passions® coach.

Coaches who will guide you to think BIGGER!!!

Not just about discovering your calling or about starting or growing a business… but thinking BIGGER about your LIFE!

Two new groups are starting soon.

And since we’re intentionally keeping these groups small, I have no choice but to limit seats 6-8 people.

To see how a Dream Team can help you get more done in six months than most people do in six years — click here now.

This is your time to think BIGGER… then back it up with action.