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A Life-Changing Program
Georgeanne isn't the only one who turned came away from this workshop with a plan of action for making her dreams happen. When Sharon arrived in Colorado, she wasn't sure what she wanted to do or be... she only knew she needed a change. At mid-life, she and her husband were getting a divorce and selling their business -- a time of great flux and uncertainty.
Yet today, just four months later, she's already begun to reinvent herself. Over the course of the workshop, Sharon arrived at the idea of taking a six-month sabbatical... to travel, maybe do some volunteer work. Now she's planning to kick it off with a three-month journey through Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. She'll be on a plane in January.
Two participants at the Making Dreams Happen Workshop told her she should write a book... she wasn't sure she had one in her, but she realized she'd always been interested in reading and writing about travel. So she's signed herself up for an intensive travel writing course to be taken between now and her departure. She plans to write about her adventures on the road and sent me an email saying:
Combining Interests, Talents, and Dreams... to Create a Whole New Life
When she came to Making Dreams Happen, Kellie Jo didn't have any idea what she wanted to do either... but by the time she completed the program, she had direction and momentum. She came up with a useful list of what she really enjoys doing and a revealing list of what, deep inside, she always dreamed of accomplishing. Even more important, she outlined a plan of action that would put to use the whole gamut of her interests, talents, and dreams.
In working through the exercises and talking with other participants, Kellie Jo came to realize she could combine her people skills with her interest in problem-solving. She likes working with kids and adolescents, too. She'd always dreamed of writing a book. Seemingly disparate facts, perhaps... but they've all come into play since Making Dreams Happen as she's begun to put her dreams into motion.
During the program, she struck upon the idea of being a coach. Now, a handful of weeks later, she's well into a coaching certification program and is doing some volunteer coaching to get some practical experience.
She's taking a course in how to write children's books and, she reports, loving it. In the interest of learning more about kids, she's now spending her Saturday nights as a volunteer at the organ-transplant unit of a local children's hospital and says, "I'm getting more out of it than the kids are." She's set a deadline for herself to have her first book outline ready within two months.
Fast-Track Your Dream
The list of success stories goes on and on. But my point, really, is this: You can make your dreams happen. You can find a way to do work you really love... and embrace the freedom, flexibility, and quality of life you deserve.
Armed with the proven advice, hard-won wisdom, and hands-on exercises the Making Dreams Happen program teaches, you can do it much faster than you ever could on your own...
You may not have had the good fortune to sit with Georgeanne, Sharon, Kellie Jo, and the others in Colorado... but that doesn't mean you can't still benefit.
You see, we recorded the whole event... every last life-changing word. We call it the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program.
It's a way for you to "sit in" at the workshop... and learn exactly how to create for yourself a roadmap for success, a plan of action that outlines what you need to do, in specific terms, to get from where you are today... to working at what you love.
You'll Come Away With New Conviction... New Direction... and a Concrete Plan
I should make one thing very clear up front: If you are looking for tips on how to write a winning resume, climb the corporate ladder, or dress for success... the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program is not for you.
But if, instead, you're looking for a more satisfying livelihood where you call your own shots... then I encourage you to listen in. Maybe you know what you want to do, but you just can't quite get started... or maybe you really haven't figured out what it is you want to be when you grow up. Either way, this program will put you on the fast-track to living your dream. You'll --
Life First, Work Second
The first step in identifying and defining your dream is thinking, as I like to put it: Life first, work second. In other words: First you figure out what you want your life to look like, then you figure out work that fits that goal. It sounds simple, I know... but it's easy to get sidetracked.
Lynn, for example, came to Making Dreams Happen wanting to be a comedy show writer. What she hadn't considered was that a studio job would likely require commuting in stand-still traffic on the Los Angeles freeway several hours a day.
Turns out the commute didn't pass the "life-first test" for Lynn. She realized she'd really rather a) work from home and b) pretty much work alone. So she went back to the career-change blackboard and this time landed on the idea of being a work-from-home writer of a humorous slice-of-life column (think Erma Bombeck for baby-boomers).
Not three weeks after completing Making Dreams Happen, she sent me her first column. It was not only hilarious, but dead-on. If anybody can launch a career as a nationally-syndicated columnist, this very funny and determined dreamer can.
The Making Dreams Happen Audio Program will help you do exactly what Georgeanne, Sharon, Kellie Jo, and Lynn, did -- figure out what you really want your life to look like... and then come up with practical ideas and a plan of action for satisfying work that will allow you to live that life.
How to Get from Where You Are Today... to Doing What You Love
Follow your bliss... because the number of creative ways you can live your dream is endless. Sometimes it might be a matter of doing what you're already doing... but at the same time, paying a little more attention to fantasies you long ago laid aside...
Consider Peg: She came to Making Dreams Happen figuring on changing careers. But instead, she discovered that though she was weary of some aspects of the corporate world, she was already doing work she really loved, editing books for children. So instead of quitting her job, she turned her attention to leaving the office on time so she could pursue interests she'd long neglected. She told me:
And that's not all. She's also taken a knitting class, is on sweater number two, and has yarn for a third in her closet. Now she's considering a stint in community theater. "This is not at all what I thought I'd get out of Making Dreams Happen," Peg said, "But it's certainly making life more interesting and fun! (And I'm happier at work, too.)"
An Unprecedented Opportunity: The Wisdom of Three Experts in One Place
Before I go into any more detail, let me take a moment to introduce my colleagues and myself -- the people you'll hear from in this comprehensive program:
Barbara Sher is a career counselor, world-renowned speaker, and author. She has appeared on national and local radio and television, including Oprah, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes, among others.
She's the bestselling author of five books. Her first, Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want, has sold well over a million copies. If you read Barbara's next book, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, you know she's a master at helping people tune into their gifts.
Her latest book, Refuse To Choose deals with people who have so many interests they're unable to choose only one (she has named them ‘Scanners'). This subject has obviously struck a nerve. "In the last four months since the book and the TV show have been out in the public eye, I've received an astonishing number of impassioned letters," she said. "And all of them say Thank you!" As usual, Barbara's advice is not what you expect. She finds that Scanners aren't dilettantes or undisciplined, and they don't change interests because of A.D.D. or a fear of success. "They seem to be highly intelligent, multi-talented people who need to have more interests than the average person," she says.
Throughout the program, Barbara shares her proven methods and guides you, step-by-step, through what you need to do to transform your life into something extraordinary.
Make Your Living Without a Job
Barbara Winter is the second principal speaker you'll hear from. She is the author of the bestselling book, Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love, and a self-employment advocate who found her own right livelihood after overcoming her early notions that work was meant to be drudgery.
A former high school English teacher, Barbara has turned her considerable energies to the teaching of adults. Her popular seminars, including "Making a Living Without a Job" and "Establish Yourself as an Expert," are regularly held throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
This Barbara, too, lends her considerable experience and talents to the goal of helping you figure out how to best take the passions most dear to you and turn them into real-world opportunities.
Seek Out Your Calling
You'll also hear from me. In case you don't know me, my name is Valerie Young, and I'm the Dreamer-in-Residence at Changing Course, where I help people like you find their true calling... and transform their lives.
I guess I, too, am what you'd call an "expert" at what I do. My advice has been cited in places like The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, The Guardian [London], Redbook, Reader's Digest and elsewhere. I give seminars on How to Feel As Bright and Capable As Everyone Seems to Think You Are and I recently edited an eBook called Find Your Calling: The Handbook For People Who Still Don't Know What They Want To Be When They Grow Up. I'm also what you'd call an alternative career counselor. I've helped hundreds of people from Australia to Arkansas and Tanzania to Texas figure out how they can make money doing what they love.
But what I'm most proud of is the fact that nine years ago, I abandoned my corporate cubicle and my 90-mile-a-day commute to launch Changing Course. And today I am doing work and living a life I love. My goal with the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program is to help you do the same.
Get In-the-Trenches Help (and Inspiration)
Not only will you benefit from the ideas and methods the experts offer, but you'll also hear from three more successful entrepreneurs -- regular people just like you who have made their own dreams happen.
Artist and designer Bonnie Druschel offers a heartfelt account of how, with little self-confidence and even less business experience, she went from struggling artist to successful entrepreneur when she launched her own enterprise selling and licensing her art. She'll tell you how to avoid the roadblocks she encountered and inspire you... even if you're not an artist.
Joan Brett, founder of the Culinary School of the Rockies, tells you how she left behind a successful career as an attorney to build a whole new life around cooking -- her passion. She started out small, teaching a few classes a week in her home, and built what is today an accredited, professional culinary academy. Find out how she did it... and come away with some ideas of your own about how to design a food-related career.
Coach, writer, and public speaker Cynthia Morris shares her unique approach to finding your heart's desire. This former tarot reader, on-the-spot poem writer, illegal dishwasher in France, manuscript editor, calligrapher, hot air balloon chef, restaurant reviewer, and house-sitter (to name just a few of Cynthia's fascinating jobs) reveals the seven things you absolutely must possess to live a creative life.
You'll hear, too, from Doug Woods, owner of Boulder Bike Taxis. He had a long-standing passion for bikes -- even rode across the country -- but couldn't figure out how to make a living with his feet on the pedals. Until, that is, he struck upon the idea for a bike-taxi service. Problem was, he had no money. So he went out and found investors. He'll talk about how you can get people to fund your own dream... and reveal the one magic word that makes investors enthusiastic immediately...
If the idea of loving what you do... of jumping out of bed every morning excited about what the day holds, appeals to you, then I strongly encourage you to take seriously the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program. Just think: Six months from now, you could be living your dream...
Give Your Dreams the Attention They Deserve
The bottom line is: If you want to work doing something you love... if you want more control over your time and your life... if you crave a better balance of family and friends and work... then you have to really focus on your dreams. Yet I know how hard it can be to find the time for that when your day-to-day commitments already have you stretched too thin.
The format of the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program makes it a lot easier, though. That's because you can listen to it whenever it's convenient for you... in your car, in your kitchen, early in the morning, or at midnight...
The program is designed to guide you to your dream life... at your own pace. (Though I think you'll find that once you start "sitting in" on the sessions you won't be able to stop. The energy and enthusiasm are contagious.)
Roll Up Your Sleeves, Get Involved, and Create for Yourself a Roadmap to Success
This program demands you roll up your sleeves and get involved. You'll be asked to do some thinking on your own, sure, but you'll also work through various exercises designed to expand your horizons and help focus your creative energy -- whether you know what your dream is or not.
Plus we put you in touch with other audio program participants, so you have an active network of fellow participants with whom you can brainstorm, share advice, and ask questions. You might be listening to the program on your own set of headphones... but you'll never feel as if you're reaching for your dream all alone.
Over the course of the full program, we'll help you...
All You Need is Your Computer and Your Enthusiasm
You don't need to have a well-defined goal to find this program life-changing. In fact, you don't even need to know exactly what your dream is... we'll help you figure all of that out.
But what you do need is a curiosity about the world... a mind open to ideas and possibilities you might never have thought of before... and an eagerness to start something new in your life.
We'll give you all the tools to make it happen, including extensive materials that will keep you focused long after you've listened to the last audio track.
When you sign on for the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program, you receive not only the full audio program in tracks that you can play on your computer or download onto your MP3 player, but also the Making Dreams Happen Companion Guide, containing nearly 200 pages of helpful tools, exercises, articles, resources, and wisdom you can refer to again and again.
This collection is an invaluable resource. It's a workbook, really, with hands-on worksheets through which you track your dreams, the steps you need to take, and your progress. Plus, it includes all sorts of useful tools for getting your new life off the ground -- from a Business Plan template, to a Multiple Income Stream worksheet, to a Resource Guide on how to set up your own Success Team.
Become a participant in the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program, and you'll come away with an attainable vision for your new life, a do-able plan for making your dreams happen, and the confidence and support you need to take the leap.
Whether you dream of starting your own import-export business... writing a best-selling novel... owning a dude ranch... working with kids... helping underprivileged families...
... whatever your passion... deep inside you know what you really love to do, the life you dream of having.
Through the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program, you'll learn how to harness that vision... and build a life around it that not only provides you a living... but feeds your spirit, too.
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