Like the break up coach in Toronto who makes up to $2,500 per client working primarily via email.
The articles also pointed to other opportunities for aspiring self-bossers.
For instance, two articles were by reporters who attended the camp in order to write an article.
Neither were recently heartbroken (which to me skews their experience).
More importantly, both writers were turned off by the same things: The New Age spiritual tone of the camp and the price.
Do you hear what I hear?
It’s the sound of opportunity knocking.
Clearly there are others who don’t care for this particular form of positive thinking. Which presents an opportunity to create either a non-spiritual or a different spiritual option for this audience.
Price is a relative thing.
For $1,500 for a single room ($1,000 for shared) you get a full weekend of yoga, acupuncture, delicious food prepared by a personal chef, group and individual counseling from three different experts all in a tranquil farm-like setting.
If you make good money, then it’s a small price to get what you need to move on.
For most people though, the price is out of reach.
Which means there’s an opportunity to create a lower priced event – or even some sort of online option.
By the way, you don’t need to be a coach, psychologist or other mental health provider to start your own heartbreak event, product, or service.
If you’re good at making things happen, you can partner with others who are better equipped to do the emotional heavy-lifting and you handle the marketing and logistics.
I noticed one final way you serve the brokenhearted.
At the end of The Science of Love video is a singer who belts out a customized rap song to comfort each of the people featured in the video.
If you have a knack for songwriting, then this could be the perfect profit center for you!
And if not, you could always hire songwriters on Fiverr!
Do you need to launch your business on a budget?
If so, then take note of the national and even international press Chan was able to get for her retreats — including an appearance on The Doctors.
PR continues to be THE most underused yet immensely powerful way to promote a business.
And – it’s F-R-E-E!
Media can attract customers, clients, speaking gigs, book publishers, and potential partners or collaborators.
It can also position you as an expert in your field.
Even solo-entrepreneurs like you can get the attention of the press.
Look at me… these are just a few of the media where my career-related advice has appeared.
And if I can do it — trust me, so you can you.
So What About Your Dreams?
My mom died five months before her much-awaited retirement.
So what really breaks my heart is seeing people turn their back on their dreams.
What about you…
Are you still trying to figure out what you want to be when you “grow up”?
Or, maybe you know what you love to do… but have no clue how to make money doing it?
If you’re ready to start living the life you really want, I can help.
Click here to learn more about my Life First-Work Second approach to “outside the job box” career planning.
I’m booked for September but still have a few openings next month.
As George Elliott wrote, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
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.
Lessons From a “Shark Tank” Winner and Canada’s Premier Craftsperson
You’re about to meet two people who made their own jobs.
They both make jewelry. Yet their stories are quite different.
And luckily for you, you don’t need to be a jeweler or in any way artistic to learn from these inspiring self-bosses how to make your own cool j-o-b!
The first is an impressive young Canadian jewelry designer and entrepreneur named Rachel Mielke.
I met Rachel when I spoke at the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan annual conference where she was being honored as Entrepreneur of the Year.
Little wonder… Rachel had successfully pitched her business on the forerunner of the CBS hit show Shark Tank, which in Canada is called the Dragon’s Den.
A year after getting that $200,000 investment, her company hit the million-dollar mark.
I had the chance to visit Rachel in her studio…. and pick up a few pieces for myself!
Playing big allowed Rachel to outsource the actual making of her jewelry so she can focus on the part she loves – designing!
Clearly she’s doing something right because at 29, she’d been invited to attend a 2008 pre-Oscar Luxury Gifting Lounge in Los Angeles.
She went on to buy another more modestly-priced jewelry line to sell as a vendor on the famed Lilith tour.
And she’s even made jewelry for the Queen of England!
If you want to be self-employed, you need to understand marketing. Search for Rachel on YouTube and you’ll find countless examples of the brilliant ways this talented designer and her company continue to play big!
Turns out Rachel didn’t just make her own job…
Instead she used her Dragon’s Den money to create jobs for other people including a head of marketing, an operations manager, and several other employees Rachel needed to scale her business.
There’s a huge lesson here for people who say they want to make six and even seven figures but then scoff at the idea of having a team.
I get it. I don’t like managing myself. But if you’re going to scale a business you can’t do it all.
In the beginning when funds are tight, you do need to be the creator, bookkeeper, administrative assistant, social media manager, head of sales, and marketer.
However, once you have some money coming in, you need to either hire people to do things that are not the best use of your time — or outsource these tasks to freelancers.
When I brought my Vision Implementation Manager Lisa on, it was the scariest financial decision I ever made. But having her on my team is what allowed my business to grow and to free me to focus on what I do best.
Position Yourself for Cool Things to Happen
Unlike Rachel, Natalie Austin didn’t start out to be an artisan. Rather she earned a degree in Folklore and Vernacular Culture.
Fortunately, she comes from a long line of artists and craftspeople… so she knew it was possible to turn her creativity into her livelihood.
Today Natalie is a jeweler with a cause – converting household copper pipe used in plumbing into jewelry.
“Every piece of material I can up-cycle is one less thing that ends up in the landfill,” she writes. Adding, “Through jewelry design, I am making my own small daily cultural and environmental contribution.”
Natalie made another international contribution last week when she showcased her jewelry at the G-7 Summit in Japan!
Each of the seven major industrialized countries represented got to bring just one craftsperson to represent their entire country – and Natalie was Canada’s pick!
A remarkable achievement by any measure. Astounding when you consider she only began making jewelry three years ago!
She may be young, but Natalie’s advice to aspiring jewelers is deeply wise…
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: sometimes they lead to the most incredible creations. Art is not linear; I found my niche through trial and error. I’m not afraid to try new colors or styles – it’s the best way to grow as an artist!
It’s tempting to see Natalie as an “overnight success.”
Rather, I see hers as a story of what can happen when, like Rachel, you see yourself as both an artisan and a business owner… and then act accordingly.
You see Natalie and I met when I spoke at the Newfoundland/Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) in April.
When I congratulated her on the big G-7 news Natalie was quick to point out that there are many deserving artisans who’ve been at their craft far longer.
She’s right of course.
I couldn’t tell you why the Canadian G-7 committee chose Natalie to represent the entire country over others.
In Canada, search by province. In other countries, search for “entrepreneurial counseling in [country].”
Whatever you do, starting repeat after me: If I want to work for myself, I need to start acting like someone who wants to work for myself.
Then do it.
Join the Changing Course Community Discussion
I’m honored that you’re a part of this amazing community of change seekers.
I love inspiring you to be your own boss… but what I love even more is hearing from Y-O-U!
Were you inspired, encouraged, or perhaps discouraged by Rachel’s and Natalie’s stories?
If your first thought is, but I don’t make jewelry… or I don’t want to build an empire… then you’re missing the point.
What lessons can you take from Rachel’s or Natalie’s story and apply to make YOUR own job?
What do YOU love to do and what do you need to do today to begin to profit from your passion?
I know you’re busy… but it would mean a lot to me if you would take a brief moment to hop over to the Changing Course Fan page on Facebook and share your thoughts and ideas with others in the Changing Course Community!
Then stay tuned for Self-Bossing IDEA #6 in our series Make Your Own Make Your Own Cool Job!
Local TV news reporting on high school kids scrambling for summer jobs.
We see young people submitting applications at the mall or fast food joints.
The conclusion is always the same. Some kids find jobs. But many more come up empty.
At which point I scream at my television…
MAKE A JOB!!!
These kids could wash windows… detail cars…. fix and sell bicycles…
They could help seniors or at-home business owners solve computer glitches… babysit…
They could do lawn care… run errands…. refinish and sell discarded furniture…
They could walk neighbors’ dogs or care for their cats…
They could create an app…or teach others how to do it… tutor other kids…
They could find free stuff on Craigslist and sell it…
They could approach local businesses and offer to sweep their sidewalks or or do other odd jobs…
The point is, there are all sort of ways to make money that does not require being anyone’s employee.
Don’t these teens understand that when you work for yourself there’s a direct link between effort and earnings?
Or that in addition to making more money than they would flipping burgers and getting to learn important lessons about marketing, customer service, money management, and resiliency, they’d very likely be a lot happier too?
Look, I don’t blame these kids – or anyone – for failing to think outside-the-job box.
After all, the media diligently broadcasts the government’s monthly jobs report. But we never hear how many small businesses were launched that month.
College career centers and traditional career coaches are job-centric too.
They excel at helping people do things like write a resume, conduct a job search, and ace the interview.
But showing people ways they can build on their gifts and interests to create their own job? Clueless.
It’s really little wonder that…
We’ve become a national of occupational sheep passively waiting for someone to give us a job.
As a society we’ve somehow lost the ability to see opportunities; never mind seize them.
Somehow as a society we’ve forgotten that we really can use a gift or interest as the platform to create a livelihood.
And that’s a shame.
Because when you work for yourself, you don’t need to depend on an employer deciding how much you earn… You don’t have the hassles of commuting or workplace politics…
When you make a job, you get to be the boss of you!
It’s why for the past 21 years the Changing Course Newsletter has introduced readers to ways people have done just that.
When we first began, being self-employed was a relatively novel concept. Today it’s more common to follow your own road.
Still, there’s millions more who, just like you, yearn to escape from job jail.
That’s why, over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a new series called…
Some of the ideas may draw a straight line to your own gifts or interests.
Others may simply offer a means to support your art or otherwise pay the bills so you can work when, where, and how you want.
Some of these ideas could replace your entire income.
Others may be better suited as one of multiple income streams, a part-time, or a seasonal thing you do to bring in extra cash… supplement your retirement income… or otherwise allow you to make money well outside-of-the-job box.
Some of the ideas will come in the form of full-blown articles.
Others require only a few paragraphs.
What I hope you discover is that you really can follow your own road.
And that Changing Course starts with a great idea!
So stay tuned for the new series and all the great ways you can Make Your Own #*!#& Job!
Don’t Want to Wait?
Click here to learn everything you need to know about scheduling a 1-1 Work at What You Love discovery and planning session.
You don’t need to spend a single day living out of your car.
But are you willing to get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later to go after your dream?
Are you willing to put down the remote control and take one small step each day to take control of your life?
If not, then I suggest you do as I told Joe: Stick with your j-o-b.
What about you? Do you truly want to experience the joy of being able to “live in your gift”?
If so, then I invite you to learn from Steve Harvey’s inspiring example… and jump.
To help you make a safe landing, I created a planning guide designed to help you LOOK before you leap.
It’s called the 10 Steps to Escape the Job World and Create the Life You Really Want Personal Planning Guide.
This is an invaluable resource that helps you track your dreams, identify the exact steps you need to take, and make a concrete plan for creating the kind of balanced, satisfying life (and work) you deserve.
Your 127-page Personal Planner includes all sorts of useful tools for getting your new life off the ground – a Business Plan template, a Multiple Income Stream worksheet, a worksheet outlining the 10 different places to look for support so you can put together your personal Dream Team… and much, much more…
Regrets are an inevitable part of life. Fortunately not all regrets are created equal.
Some regrets are minor.
You regret buying those too tight shoes just because they were on sale….
Or picking up the phone as you were trying to leave the office….
Or ordering the fish when everyone in your party is raving about the pasta.
The good news?
Regrets like these (often referred to as “First World problems”) are ones we can learn from and hopefully, minimize the chance of repeating.
Utmost regrets, on the other hand, are more problematic because the consequences are so much bigger.
Utmost regrets, are also more difficult – and sadly, sometimes even impossible to reverse.
I’m referring to the kinds of things you’d absolutely hate to know would one day be etched on your headstone.
Vivian could have been a great writer, if she’d tried.
Sam could have changed a lot of lives, if he’d had the courage to act on his idea.
Ordering the fish is one thing. Bailing on your dream of helping unadoptable kids or entering a writing contest is quite another.
Elizabeth Berg learned a lot about dreams. However, she learned even more about regrets while working as a nurse with terminally ill people.
In an article titled, Dreams Are Not Enough, the award-winning novelist wrote movingly about how not pursuing our dreams may be the riskiest move of all.
It is a lesson she learned from those whose time had almost run out.
Those dying people I cared for believed, as most of us do, that they would have time for everything. So they put things off… Then suddenly their days were almost gone. They were out of the time they thought they would have forever. And while I bathed them, they stared out the window and talked about what they had missed. They might say, ‘I always wanted to see Hawaii, but… I don’t know. I never did.’ The sense of regret was so strong that we both ached. I wanted to lift those people up out of bed, put them in a wheelchair, and take them to the airport. ‘Hawaii, please,’ I wanted to tell the ticket agent.
Everyone has dreams, sadly far too often they get put on hold.
Asking, and then answering her own question, Berg writes:
“What happens to our dreams? They die of lack of nourishment, that’s what. ‘Later,’ we say, and when we turn around, they’re gone.”
The Worry Factor
According to many of the 1,200 elders who took part in Cornell University’s Legacy Project, there is a powerful link between regret about the past and worry in the present.
When asked what they most regret when they look back on their lives, the answer most often given was they wished they hadn’t worried so much.
The way 102-year-old Eleanor sees it,
You just can’t go on worrying all the time because it destroys you and your life, really…. You have to put it out of your mind as much as you can at the time. It’s a good idea to plan ahead if possible, but you can’t always do that because things don’t always happen the way you were hoping. So the most important thing is one day at a time.
And 87-year-old James Huang agrees…
Why? I ask myself. What possible difference did it make that I kept my mind on every little thing that might go wrong? When I realized that it made no difference at all, I experienced a freedom that’s hard to describe.
The thing that takes a lot of people by surprise is this.
We waste our lives worrying about the “unknown risks” that change can bring, when in reality we should be more scared of the known risk of spending the rest of lives in the same place we are today.
If we fail to at least try to create the life we really want, we risk making good on Benjamin Disraeli’s often quoted prediction that “most people die with their music still locked up inside them.”
The sudden loss of my mother at just 61 totally changed how I viewed time (we can choose how we use it), money (things work out), and life (it’s all too short).
I won’t lie. Walking away from a good job with good benefits was – and still is – not without risk.
Yet I knew that the real risk was looking back at my life and saying, “I was miserable; but at least I had a good dental plan.”
What Will You Most Regret?
Take a moment now to choose three things you would most regret not doing in your lifetime. Of these, which would be the biggest?
Now name one small thing you can do today – not tomorrow, not next week or next year, but today – to help prevent your biggest regret from occurring.
Finally, take a moment to post it either in the Facebook comment section, or scroll down for the general comments area. Just by putting your regret and your intention into words is itself a powerful first step!
And, if one of your three utmost regrets is spending your life in a soul-sucking job, I have good news.
As I write this, scores of your fellow change seekers from across the US, Canada, and Europe have signed on for the fast approaching Virtual Weekend Retreat.
If you share the dream of finding your calling and a way to make money doing it in order to live a life where you get to calls the shots, then don’t worry…
You still have time to join us. The Early Bird 96% SAVINGS ends Wednesday February 3, 2016.
But don’t wait too long, because after that the price DOUBLES.
Spending twice as much money is not the worse regret in life. But wouldn’t it be nice to instead use the money you’ll save in the service of your dream?
Can’t Make the Dates?
No problem. You can still get access to the Work @ What You Love Roadmap.
For a limited time you can pre-order recordings of the entire 2-day workshop. That way you won’t miss a thing. Plus you can take the class on your own schedule and pace — and retake it as often as you like.
To make sure you get maximum value from the replay, you’ll still receive a complete set of the 30+ page Work @ What You Love handouts.
Whether you join us live or you take the Work @ What You Love workshop on your own schedule… remember this:
When you go to bed tonight, don’t worry about what will happen if you fail. If you must fret at all, worry about how much you have to lose if you never even try.
(You’ll meet Kate, the other Dream Team coach in just a moment.)
But first… maybe you fall into the second category…
2) “I know what I love to do. But I have no idea how I can make money doing it.”
There are SO many ways to earn good money in fascinating and untraditional ways!
You need to start paying close attention to all the different ways others have already found a way to turn your particular interest into income.
It may take time to find your right path.
But as long as you’re excited to find a way to make money outside of the job box – the fact that you already know what you love to do is a great start!
3) “I’m a scanner who has so many passions that I can’t pick one.”
I hear this one a lot!
If you identify as a “scanner” then you’re already familiar with the term first coined by career guru Barbara Sher.
Unlike “divers” who Barbara says have a laser-like focus on one thing – scanners have lots of gifts and interests!
To the clueless folks this sounds like heaven.
But being a scanner can also present certain challenges.
For one thing, you may find once you’ve mastered something you get bored and are ready to move on.
However, a far BIGGER challenge for scanners is this:
You’re so afraid that pursuing one passion will automatically mean you have to turn your back on all the other things you love to do — that you wind up doing nothing!
Any kind of fulfilling work life can be frustrating for scanners –more so if you want to be your own boss.
But the beauty of being a scanner is you get to fully embrace the freeing power of multiple streams of income!
The fact is, you really can restore old dolls and be a shyness coach and start a money-making YouTube channel… or pursue any number of things.
You just need a little help zeroing in on and then managing all of your multiple gifts and interests in a way that makes you happy.
Barbara’s book Refuse to Choose is a great place to start.
But if you need more…
Help for Idea Seekers Who Want to Work At What They Love
Regardless of what category you’re in, it all comes down to being able to connect the dots between what you love to do and how you can make money doing it.
If you’ve been struggling to figure it out on your own for years… or decades… and have nothing to show for it, you’re certainly not alone.
That’s why I’ve put together a solution that will work whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, a frustrated cubicle dweller, or a soon-to-be or recent retiree just starting on the track to self-employment.
For an extremely limited time, you have the chance to be a part of an intimate yet highly-focused group created specifically for Idea Seekers like you.
Think of it as a combination workshop and support group guided by an expert in how to find and profit from your passion.
A group where you’ll gain exactly the kind of personal insight and tools to…
Show you how to tap into long-buried gifts and interests… the things you were born to do!
Overcome “scanner paralysis” so you can pursue some or all of your unique gifts!
See income-generating opportunities just waiting to be tapped
Identify the roadblocks holding you back… so you can actually live the life you always wanted
Create a manageable plan of action for launching your dream – yes, even if you’re a scanner
The group is being led by one of my licensed Profiting From Your Passions® coaches, Kate Fessler.
As an escapee from the corporate world herself, Kate specializes in helping people who are similarly disaffected by the demands and diminishing rewards of their current situation to reconnect with their passions.
To help you clearly define the life you want to live… to step away from the herd of those who think there’s no other way… and to realize your potential to make a living doing something (or multiple things) they love.
And now Kate can help you too.
We’re intentionally keeping this group super small.
That way you can get lots of personalized attention and ideas from your coach.
There are only 4 spots left.
And when you join in the next 48 hours you’ll also receive a FREE downloadable copy of a resource that’s already helped countless people around the world.
In my two decades at Changing Course I’ve grieved the premature death of hundreds of perfectly viable business ideas.
Ideas which were totally possible – some even brilliant.
Ideas which if acted upon could have sprung their owners from job jail and made a difference in the world as well.
But sadly their owner let them perish.
There are a lot of ways to kill a dream.
For instance you can believe all those life-long cubicle dwellers who love to tell you that being your own boss is just a pipe dream.
Or you can become so overwhelmed with the thought of acting on your great idea that all you want to do is zone out in front of the television.
Or you can become consumed with the “what ifs.”
What if no one likes, wants, or buys my stuff?
What if I fall flat on my face?
What if I don’t know enough or am not smart enough to pull it off?
So much so that you never pause to consider what your life will be like in the far more likely event that you actually succeed!
There are dozens more of course. But by far the most common way to get away with murdering your dream is to simply keep it to yourself.
After all, if no one ever knows about your big idea they can’t possibly judge it – or you.
If you don’t share your business plan then no one will know that you didn’t lift a single finger to get it off the launch pad.
If you never let your idea see the light of day, never show your art or share your writing then no one will expect anything from you.
In other words, when you’re accountable only to yourself, then there’s no real consequence for failing to follow through.
That is of course other than spending the next ten or twenty years stuck in a job-job.
If you think that’s too high a price to pay, then you have a choice. You can continue to slowly starve your dream to death through sheer neglect.
Or you can decide to get off the misery-go-round.
If you wisely chose the latter, here are two simple steps you can take right this very minute.
Step 1: Publicly Declare Your Intention
For five years I produced a wonderful workshop called Work at What You Love which I also co-led with and my good friend and author of Making a Living Without a Job Barbara Winter.
In the final hour of this multi-day seminar participants were instructed to stand and publicly declare an intention. One by one upwards of 150 people rose microphone in hand to publicly give voice to their dream.
And now you can too.
The ground rules of a public declaration are simple:
It must be summarized in one sentence.
It can’t begin with “I’d like to…” or “Maybe I will…” or “It would be great if I could….” Instead, your declaration must begin with the words “I’m going to___”
It must include a commitment to act.
Some of the intentions shared over the years are downright inspiring!
“I’m going to be the penguin expert on a tour of the Galapagos.”
“I’m going to open a bakery-café that caters to stay at home parents and their kids.”
“I’m going to spend six months every year in the south of France.”
“I’m going to write the biography of my grandfather’s life.”
“I’m going to move to an island and open a bike repair shop.”
So you have a choice. You can murder your idea and no one will ever know.
Or you breathe life into your dream by scrolling down to either the Facebook OR the general comments section to make your own public declaration now.
Step 2: Find people who want to see your idea succeed as much as you do
The forces of fear, self-doubt, and overwhelm are mighty. That’s why you need a team of people who want to see you realize your dream as much as you do.
People who will be there to support one another, to hold each other accountable for making slow steady progress, to offer new ideas and solutions, to help one another overcome the inevitable setbacks, and to celebrate the wins big and small.
It’s interesting. Left on your own and you can feel hopeless.
But when you’re in a group like this, somehow you feel empowered. You become almost “bigger” than you usually are.
You feel a confidence that’s sometimes impossible to muster on your own. Yet with this network of supporters cheering you on, you’re inspired to go on… to plow ahead with a certain audacity that you might not normally feel you have in you.
As importantly, your productivity will soar. With a dream team behind you, you will get more done in six months than you would otherwise accomplish in six years!
The people on your dream team can be friends, like-minded co-workers, even total strangers. You can meet in person or via conference call.
Regardless of who’s in your group or how you communicate the key is commitment. To truly succeed your dream team must commit to meeting weekly for no less than six months.
I’ve been a member in three business-building groups myself and each one has helped me grow in leaps and bounds.
I’m so convinced of the power of having a “mastermind” behind you that I recently created a formal Changing Course Dream Team.
The people who’ve already joined a dream team did so as a result of signing up for the recent Work @ What You Love workshop. (If you missed it and still want to take the class, you have until February 14 to get the complete webinar recordings.)
You don’t need to have attended Work at What You Love to join a Dream Team. That’s why I’m opening up the Dream Teams to my larger Changing Course newsletter readership.
These Dream Teams are set to begin in the next two weeks.
Right now there only 5 spots left. Once you sign up you can select your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice from various days and times.
But time and again I’ve seen what happens when people step into their dreams.
The smallest step can lead to pure magic.
We were barely into our Find My Perfect Business coaching session when Stephanie made an off-handed reference to a dream she’d long abandoned.
That’s when I learned of her decades-long fascination with the world of public policy – an interest sparked by her high school boyfriend.
The topic continued to tug at her heart… and so did the old boyfriend.
As she talked, Stephanie’s entire voice changed. She was animated, excited… happy.
I was instantly reminded of something renowned mythology scholar Joseph Campbell said…
“The way to find out about your happiness
is to keep your mind on those moments when
you feel most happy, when you are really happy
– not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy.”
But Stephanie followed a different path and spent the last twenty years in the mental health field.
She was convinced it was just too late to transition into policy making. For starters she really didn’t want to go back to school for yet another masters’ degree.
Besides, even if she could break in, she lives in the Midwest and the vast majority of policy jobs are in Washington DC.
Stephanie was not opposed to moving. It’s just that her other lifelong dream was to live by a lake.
Neither of Stephanie’s dreams looked promising. Or so she thought…
I challenged Stephanie to back up her discouragement with actual facts by researching the question, “how to get into public policy.”
To further light a fire under her I issued a two week deadline.
Stephanie sprang into action!
She began reading books and articles.
She called think tanks and set up multiple informational interviews with people working in the field.
She found, and then promptly joined, a public policy group that advocates on behalf of people touched by mental illness.
Not only was a pricey public policy degree not necessary to enter this field, but her new peers were so impressed with Stephanie’s mental health credentials; they invited her to chair the group!
It gets better!
Stephanie also discovered a prestigious public policy center located two hours from home – and it’s on a lake!
And in another remarkable twist of fate, after not seeing her old high school boyfriend for decades Stephanie bumped into him in a parking lot!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote,
“At The Moment Of Commitment The Entire Universe Conspires To Assist You.”
Goethe understood amazing things happen when you stop wishing and start acting.
Confusion makes way for the gift of clarity…
People come out of the woodwork to help you…
Answers that eluded you for years suddenly appear…
Experiences you never imagined possible are now available…
I am living proof.
I started the Changing Course newsletter in 1995 with a whopping two subscribers!
In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined where my business would take me.
That I’d sit down for an intimate Q&A with billionaire social entrepreneur and adventure seeker Sir Richard Branson.
Or that while in Los Angeles I’d attend a star-studded fundraiser Branson hosted called Rock the Kasbah.
(I managed to snap this photo of Branson chatting with Sharon Stone and this one of Paula Abdul.)
There were other stars on hand – stars in the coaching and online world. People like Ali Brown and Mari Smith, Eban Paegan, Joe Polish and Yanik Silver.
Starting out I could have never imaged meeting Gary Vaynerchuk (known to his 1.11 million Twitter followers as Gary Vee) at a New York cafe and picking his amazing entrepreneurial brain – something his corporate clients gladly pay $75,000 to be able to do.
Or that Arianna Huffington would personally email me to ask me to blog for the Huffington Post or that Forbes magazine editor Steve Forbes’ office would call for a signed copy of my book.
When I stood up to give my first very shaky public talk it was simply inconceivable that major corporations and universities like IBM, Procter & Gamble, Boeing, Harvard and Stanford would later pay me thousands of dollars to speak for a single hour.
Or that I’d land a six-figure book deal or that my book would go on to be published in five languages – including Russian.
Starting out – none of these things seemed possible. Now I know better.
“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”
And it all began with taking one small step.
Why not make today the day you step into your dream and see for yourself how even the smallest step can lead to pure magic.
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