You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That's what makes you a winner.
~ Venus Williams
Opportunity Knocks: Creative Ways to Make a Living Without A Job
No Time to Go After Your Dream?
How to Turn Your Dreams Into Reality in Five Minutes a Day and Other Tips for Time-Stressed Dreamers
Valerie and her rescue dog,
By Valerie Young
You've already made up your mind that there has to be more to life than careers, cubicles, and commuting. Yet, the prospect of making a major life change when you're already feeling caught between a “clock and a hard place,” feels overwhelming.
Here are five simple steps even the busiest person seeking a major career change can take to get the process rolling:
1. Turn griping time into planning time.
How much time do you spend every week blowing off steam about your lousy job? Instead of wasting precious time complaining about what you DON’T want, use the time to create a clear mental picture of what you DO want. Then make a plan for getting from here to there. Five minutes a day spent working your plan will move you far closer to your goal than 15 minutes of griping.
2. Keep your goal front and center.
Get out your calendar and set a target date for when you want your new life to begin. Besides being a great source of motivation, knowing how much time you have until "D-Day" lets you create a realistic plan for hitting it. Next, find creative ways to keep your dream, literally, in your face. As you come across images or quotes that reflect your dream, place them around your workspace, in your daily planner, on the refrigerator – any place you're sure to regularly "see" your destination.
3. Buy with an eye to the future.
If your dream involves working from the comfort of home, you probably won't need all those business suits overrunning your closet. Resolve now to make do with the work wardrobe you already have. When you do take the leap, you can donate your business attire to an organization like Dress for Success that assists men and women just entering the job market. Spend the money you've saved instead on things you'll need for your new career or venture – like courses, buying or upgrading a home office computer, purchasing equipment, inventory, and so on.
4. Avoid the nay-seers.
Erma Bombeck once said, “It takes a lot of courage to show someone else your dreams.” Erma knew that most people – especially those closest to you – tend to discourage change of any kind. Unfortunately, other people's skepticism, like the flu, can be contagious. And, unless you've built up your immune system, these dream killers can knock you for a loop. Don’t look for support from pessimistic family or friends. Instead seek out people who can give your dream the support it deserves.
5. Do what you can – but DO SOMETHING.
As one Chinese proverb reminds us, moving a mountain begins by lifting one stone. To keep from being overwhelmed – while still making headway – break your larger goal down into more manageable steps. Then, no matter how hectic your day, pledge to take at least one small step. Before you know it you’ll have turned your dreams into your life.
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P.S. On a very different note… Last year I told you about a local company called Eddie’s Wheels. The company makes wheelchair/carts for disabled or recuperating pets. Leslie was also one of the most inspiring panelists at the 2007 Work at What You Love workshop, reminding participants that if you start small you can realize big dreams.
Well, on Monday, May 19, Leslie, her husband Eddie, and a cadre of grateful pet owners were featured on The Today Show. For a 3-minute entrepreneurial shot in the arm click here to watch this inspiring couple as they make a living by making a difference.
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.
To read more articles about how to work at what you love without a job go to ChangingCourse.com/articles
It's important to know that words don't move mountains. Work, exacting work moves mountains.~ Danilo Dolci
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You love to find great bargains, travel, ride motorcycles, garden. But you’re stuck in a job that has nothing to do with bargain hunting, traveling, motorcycles, or gardening. Am I right? The trick is figuring out how do you take those things you love and turn them into viable small business ideas?
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Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.~ Edmund Burke
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~ Mary Oliver
Stop Hiding Your Light and Let It Shine
By Charlotte Poetschner
Want to find out if you're hiding your light and what to do about it? Here are five key profiles describing the attitudes and habits of light hiders. Look for the light switches along the way to help you take practical steps out of the shadows and into a bright future.
You are hiding your light when…
1. You believe that you are without light.
Life can take us to some very dark places. In my case, when I was in my mid-twenties, physical darkness became a reality when I actually became totally blind. Illness, death of a loved one, a failed business--these are tough. The darkness and limitation of our circumstances can start to seem like a darkness within ourselves.
Light Switch: Make decisions in favor of your own potential for light, not in reaction to current circumstances. As I came to terms with my blindness, I saw that I had three choices: life, death, or withdrawal into a safe cocoon never to venture out into the world again. I chose to live fully. Did it happen overnight? No. The human spirit needs time to heal and adjust. That's normal, but it is also necessary to believe, and act, in favor of your own risky and adventure-full life.
2. You believe your light should look like everyone else's.
Light is, well, light. The packaging, on the other hand, comes in infinite variety. There are super novas and lightning bugs, candelabras and sunrises, Tiffany chandeliers, Aladdin’s lamps, and Mickey Mouse nightlights. There are campfires, lasers, headlights, candles, and Fourth of July rockets.
The problem is that the world seems to say, "Everyone is supposed to be a 60 watt bulb." Far too often, we agree. We hide our particular light by doing what is expected of us.
Tom went to a good college and an excellent law school. He joined a power firm. He puts in the long hours, does well on key cases, talks the talk, and plays the game. He's miserable. He says, "When I was a kid, I designed kites. My dad said it was silly. No money. People look at me now and they see a lawyer. They don't see me. I'm invisible."
Light Switch: You are unique. The universe is having you in it for the first and only time. Make an unflinching and playful commitment to discern your own true identity. You may be surprised by who you really are!
3. You give your light little or no attention.
As an interim consultant, I often work with stuck not-for-profit organizations. These groups get caught in a maintenance attitude, spending all their time, energy, and resources just keeping things going in the same old way. Broken down programs and lackluster routines are kept because "That's the way we've always done it."
Your own light can start to flicker if you're stuck in maintenance mode. You go 'round and 'round the treadmill week after week because it's familiar, it pays the bills, it's what you know. Meanwhile, you're dream is on hold. It gets no attention.
Light Switch: Attention isn't free. You do have to pay -- time, energy, money. Start small. If you don't know yet what sets you on fire, find out. If you already know, feed the flame. Can't read a book, then read a page. Don't have a free evening, stake a claim on 15 minutes every day. No money for the killer workshop or program? Put $1 in a jar every day. Just thinking about where you might go will keep your attention sparkling.
4. You put your light under a bushel basket.
This old expression gets the point across. It makes no sense to light the household by shoving the lamp under a basket. That creates darkness, not light.
We do this when…
We remain in a job where we are under valued, under paid, and under employed.
We doubt every idea that the universe drops in our laps, including the brilliant ones.
We never learn to tell our own true story.
We give false modesty so much airtime that it becomes prideful.
We believe every criticism, and throw away all praise.
Light Switch: Risk putting your light on gorgeous display. For example, The daughter of Aunt Betty's friend stops you after the party, "Thank you so much for that wonderful video life history. It's a treasure. None of us knew that Mom was a torch singer in the forties. Wow!
We all agree that you should be paid for your work." Don't say, "Ah, shucks, it's nothing. I'm not a real professional or anything…" Instead say, "Thank you. I will be charging for my services in the future. I'm in the process of building a life history business. I'm glad to have done this project as a gift to Aunt Betty's friend, but would love to have a testimonial for my website."
5. You think that it's wrong to shine too brightly.
It would be like bragging. You don't want to be too pushy. It feels wrong to promote yourself. You don't want to take advantage of people you like.
But what if that means that your light goes out and the universe never benefits from the brightest, most luminous part of you. Marianne Williamson puts it this way:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Light Switch: Trust yourself to bring your best into The Shine. Light has ancient connections with creativity, wisdom, knowledge, love, hope, truth, goodness, joy, peace, fulfillment, and life. When you shine through your life, your work, your ideas, your passion and purpose -- you are most beautiful, most human. You are exactly what the world needs.
About the Author
Rev. Charlotte Poetschner is a speaker, writer, and interim consultant. She offers transformation expertise, coaching boards, project teams, and helps individuals through times of significant change. She will soon have a new website at WellspringVisions.com. Reach her today by email at [email protected] or by phone at 217.891.7927.
Contact Charlotte today for a free 30-minute "Unlocking The Vision Box" consultation.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. ~ Demosthenes
Upcoming Workshops and Teleclasses
Opportunity Hour Teleclass
A Teleseminar With Your Host, "Opportunity Analyst" Valerie Young
There really is no shortage of creative ways to get paid to do work you truly love. The problem is most people don’t know how to profit from their passions.
Viable and fascinating business ideas are literally all around you. You just need to know where to look!
Listen in as serial “Opportunity Analyst” Valerie Young delves into her vast Opportunity Files to reveal some fascinating ways that regular people – just like you – have turned their interests into income!
You don’t even need a lot of money. All it takes is a little creative thinking, which is a good thing because Real Success Without a Real Job author Ernie Zelinski calls creative thinking "the poor man's wealth." Ernie was spot on when he said, “There is nothing quite as exhilarating as coming up with a brilliant idea, putting it to good use, and eventually being rewarded handsomely for my efforts by the marketplace."
So join a community of dreamers and dream doers for an exhilarating hour of creative thinking, opportunity angling, and possibility-provoking fun! The rewards could be enormous!
P.S. Got an opportunity file of your own? Share a favorite creative business idea at the Opportunity Hour and you could win a free “Advice from the Dream Team” CD
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop
Over Three Power-Packed Days, you’ll...
Learn the secrets of writing travel articles you can sell from a group of the best editors and writers in the business...
Discover little-known techniques travel writers use to land concert tickets... meals... vacations... and more... without paying a dime...
Walk away with a short publishable article in hand... and the contact information for editors we know who are happy to work with you, even if you've never sold a story before…
See for yourself how you can have the time, adventure, and freedom you’re looking for as a freelance travel writer…
The Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop
San Francisco, CA
July 24 – 26, 2008
Go here ChangingCourse.com/recommends/travelconf and for more details about this event, or contact Terry Frank toll-free at (866) 415-1425 or local at (202) 370-6459 from 8:00am-5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
Travel to Ecuador this Summer and Learn How Easy it Can Be to Turn Your Vacation Snapshots into Cash… Plus Master Spanish in Just a Week!
Join us and you’ll:
Learn how to take beautiful photographs in a dream setting with professional photographer, Rich Wagner as your guide...
Explore and photograph colorful leather and craft markets...
Try out a Spanish immersion + "Super Thinking" program, geared to teach you Spanish in just days...
Capture breathtaking views of the Andes and local villages...
Plus, enjoy a relaxing soak in a healing thermal spa...
Hotel, some meals, and all adventure included.
Get the details here: ChangingCourse.com/recommends/ecuador
August 23-31, 2008
Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win. ~ Bernadette Devlin
The View From theOther Side
“Finding the right time to start a business is up there with figuring out when is the right time to get married or to have children. There are always obstacles or reasons not to take that leap. But at the end of the day you just have to decide, ‘O.K., are we going to take this plunge or stay on that treadmill doing the same old thing?’”
~ Nina Murphy whose husband Bart Ferris, upon being faced with a “promotion” that would have him traveling most of the week, left his corporate job to work to co-launch a line of all-natural (no corn syrup and gluten free) gourmet condiments, sauces and dips. Wicked Good Company started with two products and a half a dozen of accounts. Two years later, Bart the company has 10 products in over 300 stores across the US.
Resources for a Change
Springwise is a weekly newsletter that offers new, smart business ideas and delivers inspiration for entrepreneurial minds from San Francisco to Singapore. Their extensive archives include an Idea Database for everything from Automotive to Social Cause. Visit them online at Springwise.com
Making a Living By Making A Difference This site helps you turn your values into your vocation. It has a searchable database of nearly 37,000 non-profits in 165 countries where you'll find job postings, volunteer opportunities, events, among other things. Plus there's a place to promote your products or consulting services to non-profits, a library of inspiring articles, and lots more. The site can be also accessed in Spanish, French, and Russian. IdeaList.org
Lead Your Own Tours for Fun and Profit Have you ever taken a trip and had friends and family clamor for advice on how to go to that place, too? Or maybe you sat in a piazza in Rome and thought, “I could lead other people here.” Perhaps you have a passion – wine tasting – and you’d like to share it with others. Then why not turn your travel savvy into money in the bank by designing and leading travel tours? In her new 90-page e-Guide, Go For It! Leading Tours for Fun and Profit, Cynthia Morris walks you through all the steps necessary to design, market, and lead tours either in your neck of the woods or abroad. Cynthia has been leading successful tours to France for years. After receiving a review copy of this comprehensive how-to guide, I can tell you with confidence that Cynthia’s first-hand experience combined with a ton of research is guaranteed to save you tons of time and money. Learn more about this exceptional program online atChangingCourse.com/recommends/leadtours (Oh, and if Cynthia’s name sounds familiar she’s one of the guest speakers on the Making Dreams Happen CD set with Barbara Sher, Barbara Winter, and me.)
Note: Changing Course does not accept paid advertisements from any of the resources listed here. This list is provided to expand your thinking about just how many interesting ways there are to make a living without a job!