Every year, (Canadian) Thanksgiving is transition time for me.
Staring out at the rainbow of colours transforming the woods around me, I can't help relating to the beautiful, deciduous trees - preparing to shed this year's growth in sacrifice for what's to come.
Packing up and closing my house for the season, they remind me that change (as beautiful as it can be), always comes with some level of loss. Sometimes it's simply a loss of comfort and familiarity, other times a complete shedding of what is no longer needed.
And so, while I feel gratitude for my time at the lake, and excitement for the adventures to come, I'm also struck by a sort of sadness and uneasiness this time of year - what will change for me this season, and what might I lose in the process?
It’s the process that causes me the anxiety – the “in-between-time”.
Maybe it’s my impatience.
Maybe it’s my need to have everything “figured out”.
Ask anyone in the personal growth and development industry, and they can probably quote this famous line from Jim Rohn,
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Perhaps Rohn was making reference to the old English proverb, “ You are the company you keep.” Undoubtedly, he believed that success attracts success. He was encouraging us to choose to spend time with others that had the level and type of success we desired to create – and perhaps warning us that the reverse would also be true.
Over the past several years, I’ve become more and more intentional about the people I choose to surround myself with. I’ve realized the impact other people’s energy, ambitions, and values have on my own. Despite my belief in the value of what Rohn was imparting, I’ve also come to appreciate some of the critical ‘people’ that inevitably follow me wherever I go. They truly are the...
Whether I am speaking to new entrepreneurs, or wanna-be-preneurs, one of the biggest motivators I hear is freedom. The idea of financial freedom, time freedom and even the simple freedom to express oneself, is alluring enough for some brave souls to enter this ambiguous world of entrepreneurship.
So why do so many of us relinquish that freedom the very moment we get it?
When I left a lucrative corporate career behind to pursue my own vision of personal freedom, I knew I was venturing into unknown territory. Despite having been successful in an office full of brilliant people, I quickly learned how important their support and various skill sets had been to my own success. It was easy to take that support for granted – until I opened my solo-preneur business and found myself wearing way too many hats!
Over the last several years, I’ve learned some hard lessons about trying to do everything myself. More recently, my clients have helped me...
Over the past several years I’ve read tons of books, attended several conferences, participated in numerous WebEx’s, listened to countless TeleSummits, completed various online courses, joined assorted networking groups and been a member of elite masterminds.
I was curious.
I was thirsty for knowledge.
I was eager to learn the secrets from the best-of-the-best!
Mostly, I wanted to know how I could walk away from a lucrative corporate career and still be successful. I wanted to know if I could really earn a paycheck from my passions.
Is it possible?
In short, the answer is yes.
My research uncovered way too many examples of successful individuals, small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs to conclude anything different. So many of them are making incomes in the most unique (dare I even say odd) ways, to come out of that experience believing anything else.
Now, before you run out and quit your day job...
I also came across many others that were...
How do you know if you are ready?
I mean REALLY ready, to do what it takes to create the most fabulous version of your life possible!
Regardless of where you are on that continuum, taking things to the next level requires doing something differently. So, is it your time for change?
Many people want a more fulfilling career, deeper relationships, greater vitality and more fun; fewer are committed to doing what it takes.
Do you want a better life, or are you committed to having it?
Regardless of how many resources or tools I create, unless one is ready and willing to do what it takes, it will all be for nothing. I have zero interest in convincing people they need or should want change. I am committed to spending my time and efforts helping people find success – when they are ready for it!
To that end, I’ve found some important indicators for a level of readiness that sets people up for success. Clarifying where people are at with these 5 factors can make the difference...