What Do You Need for Your
Road Trip to Right Livelihood?
Changing course is a journey. Naturally not everyone who embarks on the
exciting road to right livelihood leaves at the same time or travels in
quite the same way. If you’ve spent your whole life on the traditional
9-to-5 career path you may be just waking up to the fact that an
alternative route even exists.
Others are standing at the crossroads still trying to decide whether or
how to take, as Robert Frost famously referred to it, the road less
traveled. Still others have enthusiastically begun their excursion. Even
among the active travelers, not everyone likes to travel at the same
One of the best things about my work is that I get to connect with so
many people at so many different stages of changing course. No matter
where you’re at, expect to encounter varying degrees of self-doubt,
fear, anxiety, and uncertainty along the way. In fact if you’re not
scared, then frankly I’m scared for you because fear comes with the
changing course territory.
Instead of beating yourself up for having such feelings, or worse,
taking them as a sign that you’re not yet ready, normalize your
feelings. I’ve been at this changing course game for ten years now and
even now when I shake up my quiet little world, it invites fear and
self-doubt. The difference is my internal dialogue. Today I tell myself,
“Of course you’re afraid. Who wouldn’t be! Like every other human being
on the planet you’re ‘hardwired’ for safety.” The important thing is to
do as the title of Susan’s Jeffer’s book reminds us and “Feel the Fear
and Do It Anyway.”
Some people are desperate to get out of a bad work situation and so find
a way to speed up their journey. Others, like LaTonya from Nebraska,
take a very methodical approach. LaTonya is slowly putting various
income streams into place one year at a time so that when she does
finally take the leap in 2008, all the groundwork will have been done
for a seamless and financially stable transition. “My plan,” she says,
“is to do various work I like to do ‘on the side’ and still manage the
full-time job without overloading myself physically and mentally.” By
September 2008 to be exact, LaTonya expects to have four solid income
streams that will equal her current net pay.
Okay let’s say fear is not your number one challenge. In fact, maybe
like LaTonya, you know what you want to do and you’re actually really
excited about all the changes ahead. Good for you! Chances are what you
need is information. In the past day alone I came across several very
cool bits of information I just know some inspired subscribers can use.
For example, let’s say you have a great product you’d like to sell
nationally but just don’t have the budget. Despite what you might think,
selling your product on the QVC shopping channel is not out of the
question. I did a workshop down at QVC headquarters a few years ago and
found out that many of their vendors are small businesses. According to
the product reviewer in my class, the show has even featured a woman who
sells her own home made biscotti.
This spring QVC is conducting a national product search. Learn all about
it at by
And here’s a helpful bit of information for all you musicians, song
writers, or band members out there. “Indie” musician and former music
magazine publisher Bob Baker has just released the latest edition of the
Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook: 201 Self-Promotion Ideas for Song
Writers, Musicians, and Bands. Whether you're promoting a
fast-growing indie label or a one-man or one-woman act from your
basement, this book gives you the creative tools you need to get
maximize your marketing time and dollars.
Not a musician? I’ve know Bob and his work since 1995 when I first
started publishing the Changing Course newsletter. Since then I’ve
reprinted dozens of his articles designed to help artists, musicians and
other creative types to profit from their work.
Maybe you or someone you know can benefit from one of
Bob’s other books, like
Yourself Online: How to Use the Internet to Become a Celebrity or Expert
in Your Field or
Unleash the Artist Within: Four Weeks to Transforming Your Creative
Talents into More Recognition, More Profit and More Fun all of
which I enthusiastically endorse.
Finally, if you’re looking to join the ranks of the happily
self-employed or you already have a business and want to be more
successful, you’ll be happy to hear that “serial entrepreneur” Barbara
Drazga is producing a three day event March 4-6, 2005 in Las Vegas,
Nevada to train people how to walk away from their 9-to-5 jobs and grow
a profitable home based business.
Barbara is calling this event
Bunnyslipper Business Bootcamp to capitalize on the fact that when
you work from home, every day is casual day. The program is open to men,
women, slipper wearers, sneaker wearers… anybody ready to succeed on
their own terms. The agenda features sessions on selling on eBay, real
estate investing, how to position yourself as an expert, and more.
Already have a business? Take a page out of Barbara’s book and create a
holiday around your business or a related theme. Barbara is the sponsor
of National Work in Your Bunnyslippers Day coming up this February 18th.
To learn more about how you can actually register your own holiday go to
Where you are on the road to right livelihood is not nearly as important
as the fact that you’re willing to take the trip. Like any trip there
are bound to be bumps along the way. No one articulates the realities –
or the incredible joys – of self-employment quite as well as
enthusiastic self-bossers Barbara Winters and Nick Williams.
Perhaps that’s why Barbara and Nick chose to feature one my favorite
quotes on the cover of their new eBook, “Power Tools for Building the
Possible Dream: A Guide or Entrepreneurial Artists of the Soul.” (For
your complimentary copy, go to
DreamBuildersCommunity.com) The quote is from Paulo Coehlo in The
Alchemist and reads:
“Too often we decide to follow a path that is not really our own, one
that others have set for us. We forget that whichever way we go, the
price is the same: in both cases, we will pass through both difficult
and happy moments. But when we are living our dream, the difficulties we
encounter make sense.”
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About the Author
"Profiting From Your Passions®" expert Valerie Young abandoned her corporate cubicle to become the Dreamer in Residence at ChangingCourse.com offering resources to help you discover your life mission and live it. Her career change tips have been cited in Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today Weekend, Woman's Day, and elsewhere and on-line at MSN, CareerBuilder, and iVillage.com. An expert on the Impostor Syndrome, Valerie has spoken on the topic of How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You Are to such diverse organizations as Daimler Chrysler, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Harvard, and American Women in Radio and Television.
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