From Corporate Creative Director to Painter: Living the Dream

I think we are all pretty much our own worst enemies. Fueled by some version of fear and limiting beliefs, we’re the ones who get in our own way. It’s why writers have editors, athletes have coaches and CEOs have a Board of Directors or an Executive Team. We all need help getting out of our own way. Today I want to share another true story of one of my clients. In just two months, he created his dream life. I want to share it so that you know what’s possible for you, too. His dreams aren’t unique. Like many of us, he wants to make a positive contribution to the world, do work that is fulfilling, and have time to enjoy his family. And, also like many people I work with, he was burned out from

3 Tips for Figuring Out What To Be When You Grow Up

I love working with people who don’t know what they want to be when they grow up. For some people they are bored, burned out, and want out of the corporate rat race. Other people just started working and kept doing the job in front of them. They didn’t ask themselves whether it’s what they actually wanted to do. After hitting 40, now they are. And then there are people who have been forced out of their career by layoffs, technology, or outsourcing to another country. No matter the reason, making a career change feels like taking a final exam when you haven’t been to any of the classes. So here’s what I recommend. Tip #1: Buy this book by Barbara Sher: I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What

Life Lessons from a Millennial

My niece, Sam Raeder, graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) this past weekend. Don’t worry. This isn’t a nostalgic post about what an intelligent, talented, funny and beautiful woman she is. All that is true, of course, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. With my adult hubris, it never occurred to me that I would learn from her. So the first thing I learned—or was reminded of, again—is that life lessons come to us from all people of all ages. The second thing I learned from her is to just get your stuff done. From time to time, I’m a procrastinator. One of the things that has impressed me about Sam is that she doesn’t create a lot of unnecessary drama when it’s tim

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