Oct 29 2014

Raise Your Hand. Say Yes.


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Squee! I’m the most excited that my interview with my dear friend Tiffany Han is up on her podcast, Raise Your Hand. Say Yes.

I binged listened to the first 3 episodes and took away this revelation:

Your work will never be finished, and it will never be “perfect.” Stop searching for The Answer, and keep raising your hand and saying Yes!

I hope the 50 minutes I had with Tiff will be able to give you your own a-ha moment. We talk all about letting go of your dreams, turning points, and the positive side of being a multi-passionate person.

And bonus? ‘Cause it’s Tiff’s birthday today, there’s a sale happening on her amazeballs 100 Rejection Letters program.

Click here to get all the goodness!



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Oct 27 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Nancy & Brenda’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. I love this one (heck, I love ‘em all!) because it not only describes the start of a passionate company (with such a great purpose and mission), but it’s the story of the co-owners of MoolaHoop, Brenda Bazan and Nancy Hayes. They’ve entitled it “Taking the Leap.”

At MoolaHoop, we work with women who own or manage small businesses. Crowdfunding campaigns can raise funds that will help them grow their companies. Many of the women we work with came to small business ownership after other careers and are embracing the opportunities and challenges of the entrepreneurial life. They have taken the leap into entrepreneurship.

In fact, we founded MoolaHoop as a result of our own “mid-life” career changes.

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Oct 22 2014

The Importance of Dreaming (free 40 minute video!)


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You guys! I had zero idea that this was happening, but CreativeLive is amazeballs and they recently put up an entire segment of my Create Your Dream Career class that you can access for $0.

You don’t even need to register at all!

Just click here and press Play mid-page where it says “Free Preview: The Importance of Dreaming.” Make sure you’re in a quiet, private place because – yup! – ukulele playing & a hippie-dippie visualization exercise is included!

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Oct 20 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tornow’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tornow's Story

This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is Tornow‘s story, and I think it’ll especially resonate with someone who had to create their own career because of an illness. Read on for her story AND the lessons she’s learned!

I wish this story was about agency and power but, in truth, it is about vulnerability. Sometimes I must remind myself that is okay too, and it is okay for me to share it.

Like so many other multipassionates, I hopped around from job to job trying to find one that could be called my “one true purpose.” Being from the SF Bay Area, I sampled start-ups like they were college electives.

It was only after I started working with a coach and began to understand my multipassionate tendencies that I found my “dream job”—the ideal convergence of my passions.

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Oct 15 2014

Ask The When I Grow Up Coach: Is there really a market for my business idea?


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In Ask the When I Grow Up Coach, I pick a question that’s been thrown my way that I think would be universally helpful for creative career changers.

“Hi Michelle!

Thank you for being so amazeballs during the CreativeLive class! Your teaching methods are so fun to follow. Please teach other classes in the future. I am sure many of us would watch you again.

My question to you is in relation to Molly‘s story.  Her niche is the very popular online dating. The fact that she writes the profiles and then writes the answers as well seems appealing and wide reaching. Like Molly, I also write, but what I want to do with my writing isn’t as widely needed.  I’ve been wanting to  do this type of writing since I was a teenager, and make it a bespoke business with customization from the client.  



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Oct 13 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Andrea’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is the story of Andrea Jordan, who has quit her job (twice!), joined the contracting world and is now starting her own business. So inspirational!

I felt stomach-clenching nervous. Doing it in the morning was best, I thought. I checked my figures again. They worked out. I was going to be okay. I gathered my courage and walked into my boss’s office.

I resigned from my role as senior associate at a private law firm in May 2009. I had only worked there for 8 months, after moving back to New Zealand from the UK.

This was my second resignation since the Global Financial Crunch as I had left my role in the UK when I realised that I no longer wanted to be a partner in a large law firm.

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Oct 08 2014

9 Main Reasons You’re Not Discovering – or Pursuing! – Your Dream Career


9 reason you're not discovering - or achieving! - your passionate career

I have almost 1,000 coaching hours under my belt with almost 300 clients, and I’ve heard some things.

Actually, I’ve heard all the things.

A big realization I had teaching my CreativeLive course is that there was nothing I hadn’t heard before when it comes to a creative, multi-passionate woman discovering, igniting, or achieving her dream career. And you are no exception.

{I mean that in the best way possible.}

Here are the 9 main reasons you’re not discovering – or pursuing! – your dream career, in no particular order:

1. You’re feeling Resistance! The War of Art classifies everything that’s keeping you from following through on your creative pursuits as Resistance. Resistance only exists to stop us, and the longer we don’t do what we’re supposed to – what’s calling to us – the stronger Resistance gets. Our only way to fight Resistance for the day (because Resistance comes back daily, no matter what)?

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Oct 06 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Rene’s Story


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This is part of The Recession is Bullhonkey series, where I share stories of those who have gotten hired and/or started their own businesses (or sometimes both!) since 2008. This is the story of my former client, Rene, who left her six-figure career to start her own spa. Although she acknowledges that it’s “completely expendable” in this economy, she’s found ways to make it a true success. Read on! 

The life of my career has ebbed and flowed since graduating from college. I have always been somewhat of a risk taker, but I never fully committed to the life I dreamed of and always wondered how other people achieved.

So…I began my career in corporate sales, and it lasted 11 years. I truly despised my sales profession but I was ever so good at it. I had two things going for me.

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Oct 03 2014

If you live in/near Brooklyn & want a plan to quit your job, read me!


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There’s only 7 spots left in my live Brooklyn workshop on 10/23 for An Effective Escape: Make Your Plan So You Can Ditch the Dreaded Day Job – and I realized I didn’t even tell ya about it!

I was approached by Holstee – they of the manifesto pictured above – to be part of their first round of Learning Labs (aka workshops in their space). They wanted to bring to life each line in their manifesto (eventually), and I was asked to speak on the line:

“If you don’t like your job, quit.”

Of course, I didn’t just wanna talk about what I did in the 2 years and 7 months it took for me to quit my day job as an Executive Assistant (in March 2010!) and become The When I Grow Up Coach full-time. I wanted to help the attendees figure out their effective escape, and walk out of that room with the structure for their own plan.

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Oct 01 2014

How to Choose Between 2 (or more!) Business Ideas (in 1 easy step!)


It's time to find the And in our business ideas

Lemme take a shot in the dark here.

You’ve been told, since you were a wee lass, that you have to Pick One Thing as a career and then do that one thing for the 43 (!) working years you have until you retire. 

It’s what our parents and/or teachers and/or counselors have told us, because it was what they were told they could do.

And it’s what they still tell today’s youth, scared to death of sinking tens (or hundreds!) of thousands of dollars into their education to come out the other side into a jobless market.

Last year, I gave a talk to a dozen college juniors, all women, all honors students. I was there to help them articulate their amazeballsness so they can differentiate themselves in a crowded job market, and when I asked them what they planned to do after graduation, they said things that have been said for decades:

Law.

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