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!
From Broke to
Ghostwriter for NFL Players
With Michelle Hill of Winning Proof
To your dreams,
Dreamer in Residence