Build on the success of others by putting your own unique spin on a funny yoga video.
Attract a large enough YouTube following on and you can generate some serious ad revenue.
Certainly, not everything lends itself to humor.
But if you can find a way to bring some humor to your business/idea, you may be laughing all the way to the bank.
2) Make it hip
AirBnB is now advertising classes, tours, and other things to do when you travel.
That’s where I learned about “sky yoga.”
Part yoga, part dance, part cool social meetup, event production company, Bender, describes itself as an “urban playground for body and soul.”
The company produces yoga-dance events complete with DJs.
And they do it on warehouse rooftops and in other inspiring places in LA, Chicago, and coming soon — Melbourne.
The evening events seamlessly transition from yoga to a night of dancing and cocktails under the stars.
The Bender website says that they “work with a team of the most experienced and creative yoga teachers, DJs, designers, and other collaborators – each hand-picked for their specific voice and fit with our flavor.”
Sounds to me like they may be open to proposals for collaboration from other creative/healing types or people with access to creative urban settings.
Steal this idea
It’s hard to make certain businesses like bookkeeping or SEO consulting cool.
That said, I know a realtor who hosts an annual April 15th/IRS deadline happy hour for clients, building contractors, lenders, and others in her vast network.
Depending on what you want to do, look for ways to make it newsworthy by adding an element of hip to it!
3) Tap a new demographic
When you think of yoga enthusiasts you probably picture fit people in their 20s and 30s. Or at least adults.
That’s what Jamie Dix thought too until the early childhood educator and certified yoga instructor started using storytelling to get her students to experience different yoga positions.
Soon her colleagues were asking her to teach them how to do the same with their students.
As you think about your own gifts or interests (travel, creative writing, repairing things, sports, etc.) – ask yourself, what are the obvious and less obvious markets you can tap?
Don’t just think in terms of age, gender, race, and the like.
Consider too, groups who share a common experience or challenge…
Maybe grieving parents… teens aging out of foster care… people struggling with addiction… survivalists… rural singles…
Whether you feel personally called to serve a specific group — or you just see a market need — additional audiences mean additional income.
4) Tap a new species!
Third graders and seniors are one thing.
But who connects yoga and animals?
Miami-based yoga instructor Suzi Teitelman and the creator of Doga Dog did.
Her classes consist of a series of yoga poses that dog owners can incorporate with their pooch.
The dogs seem to lap up the light stretches, massage, and relaxed bonding time with their humans.
And their time-squeezed/guilt-ridden dog owners appreciate being able to get in some exercise while also spending time with their best friend.
Dogs aren’t the only four-legged creatures getting into the yoga act.
Yoga classes end with the traditional Hindu salutation “nameste” which in Hinduism means, “I bow to the divine in you.”
But if you’re showing people how to do yoga atop a horse, then make that “neighmaste.”
There are several books on equestrian yoga which emphasizes balance, building core strength, breathing, and mindfulness.
At the cleverly named Equine Om in Saint Augustine, Florida, yoga instructor and horsewoman Miranda Inabinett teaches classes to riders and trains other instructors in her method as well.
Finally, the vacationers at Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado near Steamboat Springs don’t do yoga while atop a horse.
Instead, they enjoy a popular girlfriend getaway that combines the fun of riding with a morning yoga class all wrapped around a luxury vacation.
If you haven’t acted on your own great idea because it feels too overwhelming to tackle on your own, take heart.
This unique vacation idea was born when a cowgirl from Montana who went to college on a rodeo scholarship (who knew?!) and a former social worker turned yoga and meditation instructor living in Florida were introduced by a mutual friend at a horse sanctuary in Hawaii.
They went out and found a ranch to partner with and have been riding strong ever since!
Steal this idea
Like to write?
Then take a page out of Brenda Bryan’s book Barking Buddha: Simple Soul Stretches for Yogi and Dogi.
It’s just one of half a dozen books on the subject. Proof that writing pays.
Again, you don’t have to be engaged in a given activity to look for practitioners in need of a ghost writer for their own niche-specific book.
Or maybe you have an insider’s perspective on the horse world and think equine yoga could be the next big thing.
If you have marketing experience — or just a determination to learn — then partner with an equestrian yoga instructor to scale the training nationally or internationally.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to making money without a job-job, there are endless ways to take a single idea and build on it.
Just remember… changing course starts with a great idea – and the willingness to act on it.
Or, if you already have a new direction in mind, use this time to read a “how to” book on this new path.
Go to Amazon and search for “How to start a [fill in the blank] business.” You’ll be amazed at what you find!
Or check out courses with a proven track record on things like how to turn your photos into cash or how to get paid to travel.
5) Take a tax-deductible vacation
If your dream includes relocating, hit the road by using your vacation as an exciting research expedition.
Plan ahead to do things like arrange informational interviews with local entrepreneurs or craftspeople or to otherwise gather research about things like local costs, vendors, groups, and opportunities.
Say you spend two out of seven days doing research, calling on future customers, or even collaborators.
As long as you make what the IRS* considers a “good faith effort” to make a future profit within three years, then you should be able to deduct that portion of your trip as a tax-deductible business expense. (Tip: Be sure to document how you use your time)
You don’t have to be contemplating a move to take a tax-deductible road trip.
If you want to cash in on the profitable romance writing genre then head to the annual Romance Writers of America conference happening this July in Orlando.
I was at the 2016 conference to deliver a keynote to 3,000 attendees.
Over the past few years, freelancing has blossomed into an industry of its own. Contributing billions of dollars to the economy annually, it now employs over 50 million workers.
While this may seem surprising to the older generations, middle-aged to younger generations are already enjoying the benefits.
The year 2017 promises to be a great year for freelancers because demand is growing rapidly.
Businesses that seek to cut costs by doing away with traditional office buildings are hiring as fast as they can accept applications.
So what does this mean for people who crave a more flexible and potentially portable livelihood?
Job Security (Really!)
Despite the belief that nine-to-five jobs offer greater job security, the reality is that increasingly freelance jobs may offer the same or better security just because there are so many opportunities available that don’t rely solely on the leadership of a single business.
The freedom offered by freelancing allows workers to select and interview for as many jobs as they want. It puts power back in the hands of those doing the labor yet costs businesses less.
Best of all, benefits are evolving. The Freelancer’s Union even offers help acquiring affordable healthcare specifically for freelancing workers, including medical, dental and vision.
One of the more obvious reasons for increased entrepreneurial success in the freelance market is the increase in financial opportunities, with high-end freelance jobs offering over $100 per hour.
The better-paid opportunities go together with modern technological education. With so many new graduates focused on education in the tech industry, companies have a considerably greater hiring pool. For many companies, that equates to easier growth as the difficulty is no longer in finding qualified workers.
Talents involving coding or graphic design can be worth big bucks—particularly in areas without nearby tech colleges—and freelancing usually doesn’t require the worker to move anywhere to get paid.
The impact will be most significant in areas where the job market is very limited, giving remote workers the opportunity to live high-quality lives in otherwise poorer areas or countries.
They have continued to simplify the process of applying for work and for posting work, making it easier for ideal candidates to meet with ideal employers.
Plus, the pool of work is more varied than ever; there are even in-person (non-digital) freelance gigs available now through Uber and Lyft (for these services you work as a sort of on-call taxi driver).
Freelancing companies take care to make their process straight forward. If you’ve never done freelancing work before, consider making a profile on one of the above sites just to get a feel for how things work. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it can be to start earning.
Better Online Safety (Which Matters!)
Despite the growth in hacking and data theft, online workers are becoming smarter and more experienced.
As freelancers spend most of their time online, they are exposed to new scams and malware regularly.
As a result, 2017 is poised to be the year that freelancers utilize more tools than ever to ensure their internet safety. They will utilize two-factor authentication type logins (which require two passwords, one randomly generated), create stronger passwords and subscribe to modern security software.
The growth in the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) speaks to the needs of freelancers’ mobile work. Needed to stay safe on unsecured public networks, VPNs afford protection to these workers at a small cost while also granting them anonymity.
SEO workers will also take advantage of the ability to change virtual locations to work more effectively on improving local search results for their clients.
According to Secure Thoughts, a website that provides information on VPNs, foreign workers will also benefit by navigating around geographic restrictions in the same way.
Obsolescence of Old Jobs Creates New Opportunities for Y-O-U
As technology continues to improve, we also see old jobs removed or replaced. Anyone that’s visited a major retailer in the past year can see that the introduction of automatic checkout lanes means fewer hiring demands in big box stores.
The success of Amazon’s shipping model also threatens many in-person retail jobs and small business owners who own brick and mortar shops.
These positions are instead being replaced with a need for remote workers to accomplish data driven tasks. Because business needs vary, some of these jobs are short-term freelancing positions while others last much longer.
Many of the jobs being cut are underpaid with few if any benefits. Freelance work may not guarantee benefits, but it definitely offers greater opportunity to those looking for non-traditional jobs or who live in communities with weaker economies.
Marketing Has Changed — And Companies Need Y-O-U to Help
The continued expansion of social media into nearly every corner of our lives has also changed the way companies market their products and services. Paying big money for a commercial slot on TV is no longer the only (or even best way) to get your product out there.
Many companies have started relying on freelance marketers to push their products on social media, on blogs, and even direct to consumers.
Realizing that people power is best, their budgets are shifting to focus on manual digital efforts; this is reflected in the listings seen on the previously mentioned freelance sites.
Some of that is driven by how Google curates content; web searches are still a top source of traffic, and getting higher on the search list means creating quality content that is useful to the consumer.
As a result, blogs, guides and other informational sources are an increasing source of work for freelancers and a bigger part of business investments.
Success is Waiting — So What Are Y-O-U Waiting For?
The bottom line is that 2017 offers newfound success to any freelancing entrepreneurs willing to put in the work.
With wages higher than ever, opportunities abound for workers with skills in the big three areas: writing (content creation), coding, and design (web and graphic).
Don’t yet have the needed skills? Once again, the Internet to the rescue!
Training is available from places such as Capella,Code School, and Codecademy — and for anyone interested in web design there’s a vast array of training choices out there.
If you’ve thought about freelancing or already work for yourself, how do you plan to make 2017 a successful year? Tell us your strategy in the comments.
Want to Get Paid to Write?
You can, you know.
And you don’t even have to be a “gifted” writer to get started. In fact, if you can write a simple letter — you can make good money as a freelance writer.
All you need is someone to show you how.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, June 30th at noon EDT
Then keep your eyes out for next week’s email about a FREE training on Getting Paid to Write!
Among other things, Josh started a communal dining experience where guests eat a gourmet dinner in a giant dumpster as a way to “highlight the untapped potential in often-overlooked foods and solve the world-wide problem of food waste.”
And this year you can get a front row seat as a celebrity Greek chef, a specialty produce supplier, and others pitch their business to industry experts.
Think of it as Shark Tank for the specialty food industry!
But instead of funding, they’re pitching for profitable promotional opportunities.
And speaking of funding — the cost to attend is anywhere from $99-$200 depending on your situation.
But Sorry — You Can’t Go
After I got totally pumped about the Summer Fancy Food Show it turns out it’s not open to the general public. What??!!!
The site states that because they are “a trade event designed to promote growth in commerce in the specialty food industry… [the] event is open to qualified buyers and industry professionals (18 years of age or older).”
Reading that I knew a lot of change seekers would be discouraged and give up.
And like I always say, information will set you free.
So I picked up the phone and called the organizers for more information.
I was right.
Turns out all you need to establish that you are a “qualified professional” is a business card (how hard can that be?!)…
Or a certificate from a culinary or wine school.
Or a pay stub that says you work in some food related job like a restaurant or a local cheese shop or on a local farm.
Or a link to your food/beverage related blog or Instagram account.
Or other evidence that you are even exploring the world of food and beverages.
If you’re not sure, post your situation on the in the comments below, and I’m happy to try to help you find a way.
My brother-in-law Eddie spent 30 years as a field technician for a major manufacturer of office equipment.
Then at age 58 the company laid him and most of their other long-time technicians off… only to later ask them to come back at minimum wage with no benefits.
So much for job security and loyalty.
He did his job well. But for Eddie, repairing office equipment was just that — a job.
His true passion was following sports – and especially football.
Eddie once told me his dream job would be to work for ESPN. He said he didn’t care if he was the guy who hauled equipment around – he just wanted to part of the game.
When I got an email from Michelle Hill I immediately thought of my brother-in-law.
Because Michelle is doing what sports lovers like my brother-law only dream about.
She found a way to make money hanging out with NFL players.
I first met Michelle in 2006 when she attended the Work at What You Love workshop in Ventura, California.
(This happens to be the same workshop Dyan deNapoli AKA The Penguin Lady attended back in Massachusetts. If you missed my interview with Dyan and her spectacular photos from Antarctica, you can still get the replay here.)
Back then, Michelle was in the baking business.
In fact, I still have the business card for Michelle’s Cookie Kitchen.
But after a year-and-a half, Michelle realized she liked donating her cookies for various non-profit benefits a lot more than she liked selling them.
So, she closed the door on her budding baking business.
But unlike my brother-in-law who’s hardwired to be an employee, Michelle was determined to be her own boss.
Considering she’d been downsized three times in nine years, it’s easy to see why.
When the economy collapsed in 2008 Michelle found herself in the same boat as millions of other Americans — living off unemployment and tapping her 401k.
Broke but not broken, Michelle sold her possessions and moved to the other side of the country to start over.
Today Michelle’s life is very different.
For Michelle, the turn-around began when she signed up for a course on how to become a freelance copywriter. (Click here for my review.)
Writing sales copy is a skill anyone can learn – and you can make great money doing it.
I know because I’ve personally paid up to three thousand dollars for promotional copy for a single product.
But for Michelle, copywriting turned out to be more of a launch pad.
Today Michelle is a ghostwriter for a number of current and former National Football League players and others in the sports world who want to publish a book.
The “Strong Copy QB” as she dubs herself, counts Levar Fisher formerly with the Arizona Cardinals and Brandon Williams who played with the Baltimore Ravens among her impressive roster.
I wanted to know how Michelle went from having to borrow gas money to working alongside major league players.
What I quickly discovered is that like all success stories, Michelle’s journey offers valuable lessons for anyone seeking to change course.
That’s why I’ve asked Michelle to be my next guest on the NEW Big Dreams Small Steps Success Stories Series!
Another angle is recently retired men who hate sitting around doing nothing.
And having a fun side gig is just the solution!
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: People who may share your race or ethnicity
As you’ll see in your Paid to Brainstorm Fact Sheet, race is another demographic where we see an upward trend.
For instance, women of color are starting businesses at 3 to 5 times the rate of other groups.
And the highest rates of growth in entrepreneurship among Hispanics.
If you’re a person of color — or if you have a strong affinity with any racial or ethnic group – then it may make sense to niche in that community.
Even if you start out focusing more broadly you may discover that – just like a lot of women follow me or millennials tend to follow other millennials – other people of color may just naturally gravitate to you.
Or you may decide to be deliberate in reaching out specially to a specific community.
Like Maru Lozano from Los Angeles.
Maru has a real passion for entrepreneurship.
So one of the things she decided to do after graduating from Princeton was help Latino youth.
Both those who are college-bound as well as those who need someone to help them think outside the job box.
Here’s Maru talking about her experience in the course:
NEW Opportunity #19 Helping young people
Every year my local TV station does a story on these poor high school kids on the hunt for a summer job.
They put in applications at the mall or the fast food places… but they just can’t find a job.
And she knows schools are going to be on the forefront of helping students (and other teachers!) expand their thinking from getting a job to creating a livelihood.
Then there’s licensed Profiting From Your Passions® coach Celeste St. Hill.
She lives on the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados where she leads groups for teenage girls.
Celeste told me she encourages the girls to have big dreams.
I immediate thought of a line from a book by the oral historian Studs Terkel.
Among the people he interviewed was a young woman who said…
“I think most of us are looking for a calling, not a job.
Most of us, like the assembly line worker, have jobs that are too small for our spirit.”
Maybe that’s why more adults are searching for work that pays the bills and feeds their soul.
Which is a nice segue into another opportunity…
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: The enormous faith-based community
In addition to her work with teens, Celeste also describes herself as a Christian coach.
Here’s Celeste describing her work here and in other niches too…
NEW Opportunity #20 People with disabilities
Another group that’s very open to self-employment are people who have a disability.
I’ve personally had several clients who are blind.
And at least two of the students who trained with me were blind as well.
Sylvia Green is not blind.
But she does have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia – a condition shared by an estimated 200 to 400 million — mostly women — around the world.
In her own coaching Sylvia says her goal is to help women like herself to quote…
“find the confidence to put their health first and create their life around their work instead of the other way around.”
This next opportunity is pretty unusual!
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: People into “Weird” things
Kimberly Stewart from Colorado specializes in people who are into the kinds of off the beaten path things she likes.
Like renaissance festivals or Comic-Con which is the huge conference for comic book lovers.
Or people who are into astrology or science fiction movies or vampires and other paranormal stuff.
Exactly the kind of people who are least likely to fit into the conventional 9 to 5 grind.
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: Specific personality types
You could specialize with people who have a particular personality type – like for instance, introverts.
That’s what Julia Barnickle from England did.
Julia is an introvert herself. So she understands that introverts who start a business aren’t keen on making sales calls or going to networking events! Right?!
NEW Opportunity #21 Creative types
In the last few years I’ve seen a real uptick in artists taking my class – adults that is 🙂
One of them is Maryjane Harford from upstate New York.
The vast majority of artists struggle financially.
But Maryjane has spent most of her life as a working artist and craftsperson.
So today Maryjane is also a coach who helps other creative types find ways they can profit from their handiwork as well.
NEW Opportunity #22 Travel lovers
The number one thing travel lovers care about is being able to work from anywhere.
So obviously they’re going to be hugely attracted to self-employment in general and portable businesses in particular.
Why don’t you be the Go-To-Person for on how to make money from the road?
Opportunity featured on the Webinar: Ex-patriots
Ex-pats as they’re known, are people who for a host of reasons are living in another country.
The bad news, it’s really hard for a non-citizen to get a work permit which you need to get a job.
The good news is, it’s much easier to start certain kinds of businesses.
In fact, there are countries in South America giving huge tax breaks to foreigners to renovate small hotels or start other tourism-related businesses.
Dominika Meirnik lives in Rome, Italy.
Dominika is originally from Poland so she’s an ex-pat herself.
When I met Dominika she was already a successful life and career coach.
At the time she was only doing traditional employment-oriented career coaching.
But now she’s able to also work with people searching for a way to work for themselves.
Frankly, I think anyone already doing career coaching needs to be able to work with aspiring self-bossers as well.
You’ll not only grow your practice but you’ll grow your earnings as well.
Here’s Dominika talking about her work and the course that helped her do just that…
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: People who want to live abroad
Here we’re looking at people whose main motivation for moving to another country is to find a slower pace of life and as importantly, a lower cost of living.
These are the people you see on the HGTV show International House Hunters.
This is a population that’s only expected to grow.
In fact, a reported 3.3 million American baby boomers are planning to retire abroad.
A trend that’s growing among Canadians and Europeans too.
But here again, it’s not easy to get a work permit.
Which means a lot of these people are very actively looking for ways to make money without a job-job.
Like having an online business, or doing things like import-export, freelance writing, or yes — coaching.
Before we go any further, I want to make clear that you don’t have to limit yourself to any one opportunity or group.
I started the changing course newsletter in 1995.
From day one, my niche has been anyone who wanted to change course from having a boss to being their own boss.
If you landed on my website and you resonated with the Changing Course motto to…
Live life on purpose… work at what you love… and follow your own road – then you were my people!
And now that I know you’re an idea person like me – you are doubly my people!
So you can tap into any or all of the opportunities here or I talk about on the Paid to Brainstorm Final Encore webinar happening Saturday, February 25th at noon ET.
But we’re still not done!
In the video I talked about various organizations who need people who know how to think outside the job box.
Here’s a few others…
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: Colleges and universities
Outside of Europe, the US, and Canada young people make up the majority of the population.
No wonder Sir Richard Branson and others are actively working to introduce college students and others to entrepreneurship.
Colleges and universities everywhere are the next big frontier for profiting from your career coaches.
Think about it –
You’ve got these tremendous shifts in the nature of work itself.
You’ve got more and more people working in the so-called gig economy and the sharing economy.
You’ve also got all these parents paying these crazy high tuitions pressuring colleges to make sure their kids graduate and find a good job.
Which means administrators at liberal arts colleges especially are scrambling to match their curriculum to the job market.
But what if instead of asking, how can we prepare our students to get a job, these same college administrators asked a different question…
Namely, how do we prepare our students to create a livelihood?
A livelihood could be a job-job.
But it could also be self-employment or some combination of a job and self-employment.
A livelihood could be being able to support yourself through your art or music or writing.
Or having multiple streams of income, like I do!
The point is, the very notion of creating a livelihood is so much more expansive than getting a job-job.
So not only would students be exposed to far more possibilities…
But the ability to come up with an income generating idea whenever they need one is a skill they’d have for the rest of their lives.
So for anyone who works at a college now – or anyone who wants to partner with colleges, there’s never been a better time to do it.
You could also work with alumni too.
Every college or university has an alumni association whose mission it is to bring value resources to their members.
That could be running a webinar or setting up a table to offer free coaching advice at their next gathering.
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: Professors
And students aren’t the only ones searching for alternatives. I’ve spoken at over 80 colleges and universities and I can tell you from experience that even some faculty are interested as well.
Especially faculty who didn’t get tenure or who started out thinking they wanted to go the professor route and then changed their mind.
Listen to What My Coaches Had to Say
I thought you might like to hear from a few of the people who are using my unique Profiting From Your Passions Formula.
Coincidentally, Dr. Beverly Farrow from West Virginia used to be a university professor herself. Today she still leads workshops — but for people like her who want to be their own boss.
Check out this short video of Beverly and the other “Opportunity Analysts” featured here.
NEW Opportunity #23 People who’ve been in prison
If you think it’s hard for ex-pats to get a job in another country – it’s even harder for ex-cons to find employment in their own country.
That’s why you see the Texas department of corrections among other states training select groups of prisoners in entrepreneurship.
No wonder a local non-profit counseling center that helps state and federal parolees recently wrote Profiting From Your Passions® coach Beverly Farrow into a grant to lead workshops to help ex-cons start a small business.
Personally I’d much rather see someone come out of prison who knows how to sell T-shirts or ice cream than drugs.
NEW Opportunity #24 Actors, film crew, and other creative types in between gigs
Susan Baker lives in LA.
She’s also spent years in the film industry.
So she knows from first-hand experience the need that actors, script writers, stage crew and others have for flexible income streams they can turn on between gigs.
Susan also knows a lot of people in and out of Hollywood are looking to escape the job world all together.
Opportunity Featured on the Webinar: Niche with people in specific occupations
One of the other people you met in the video is attorney Kelly Monteiro Caesar.
Her niche is helping law students, other attorneys, and even judges who want to start a business. (If you saw Paid to Brainstorm Video #1, you saw the fun example of the judge who loved working with her hands!)
The legal profession isn’t the only one teaming with people who want to change course.
Did you know that a study found one in two doctors are burned out and have little interest in their work?
But remember what you learned in Paid to Brainstorm video #2…
Complaints equal opportunities!
Someone who seized on this opportunity is a physician named Akinniyi Osho, MD from England. But he’s also always had one business or another going on the side.
Today one of those businesses is being a Profiting From Your Passions® career coach.
Sometimes other doctors seek him out because they want to transition out of medicine altogether.
Others just want a business they can do on the side like he does.
So whether you work for the postal service… or in manufacturing… or in retail… or human resources… or sales… or in a-n-y job –
You can speak from personal experience about the frustrations of other people in your same job.
Still I’m Just Scratching the Surface
There are of course many MORE ways to profit from your gift for thinking outside the job box.
One recent graduate plans to lead retreats for others considering spending the winter in Ecuador but need to find ways to make money from abroad.
Another is traveling the country with her husband in an RV. Her plan? Partner with RV camps to put on workshops on how to earn an extra $500-$1000 from the road!
You’ll learn all about running workshops and retreats on the Webinar.
And at the end you’ll hear about a special offer that ENDS Monday, February 27th.
Now all you need to do is scream at your garden, “Grow, damn it!”
You can’t rush your dreams any more than you can rush a garden.
Some of the seeds you planted simply won’t take.
You can get discouraged about that if you want.
Or you can consider that those particular seeds weren’t meant to grow and then plant some different ones.
Other seeds seem to take forever to sprout and even longer to bloom.
Sometimes things happen so slowly you think nothing is happening at all.
During the first few years of my own business I had days when I was so discouraged I wanted “throw in the trowel.”
But I didn’t.
And neither should you because that’s usually the time when you wake up to find your first magnificent bloom.
The day you wake up and discover the life you dreamed of is the life you’re living.
So hang in there.
Patiently nurture those tender shoots and your field of dreams will grow.
6) Enjoy the Journey
As Osler observed, it’s the ongoing work of gardening that brings the joy.
You can’t just plant a garden and be done with it.
It’s like saying, “Well, I finished growing as a person now. What’s next?”
Rather, gardening is about coming up with ways to make the garden more interesting or fun or diverse.
It’s about redesigning the garden to come up with new ways to add value to the all those it serves.
Mirabel Osler’s name comes up again and again in the world of gardening writers. So I decided to do a little digging myself.
As I read Stefanie Hargreaves review of Osler’s book, A Breath from Elsewhere, I could not help but think of its application to the process of changing course:
“Osler’s argument – to break the golden rules, follow your instincts, and create the garden that you desire… effectively [draws] the reader further down the path towards the garden as refuge – a place perfectly suited for ‘inspiration or freedom, for discovery or surrender.'”