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Jan 19 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Harper’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Harper'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. Harper Spero sent me an introductory email and, after reading her About page, I asked if she’d share her story here. The goodness is below!

Fast-paced. High stress. Nonstop. Urgent. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is urgent.

Everything must get done right this second, not a minute later. There’s no time to wait. If the editor doesn’t get her lipstick before she goes on vacation, she’ll never think about our brand again. If we don’t respond to this customer in the next 20-minutes, we’ll lose their business. If we don’t send that tweet during the MTV Video Music Awards, our client is going to be devastated.

I lived this life for many years until my body shut down and told me “enough already!”

It was 2012 and I was working in (clearly) a very toxic work environment.

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Jan 12 2015

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Lukasz’ 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. Lukasz Laniecki started tweeting me a couple months ago, and when I heard a snippet of his story (leaving litagation law to consult and speak and then start a parenting blog – all in the course of under 3 years!) I asked him to write it up for this series. I’m thrilled that he obliged!

My story is not of an abusive or micromanaging boss. I have not gotten fired. It is not a story of escaping a cubicle job or ditching the corporate world. I was never even a part of that world. No, none of this happened to me.

I did not have a feeling of hating what I was doing.

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Dec 29 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Tess’ 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. Tess Blankenship was in my March 2014 session of Career Camp, and man oh man she is working the Nancy Drew angle of her career change in the best way possible! Her story shows that you don’t have to put your multi-passionate self yourself in a lil’ box & that you can have a full-time gig *and* have time to put not 1, not 2, but 3 (!) career ideas in motion. Love!

I have no sad story to tell, no traumatic life changing event, years in the corporate world, decent bosses, and good pay…so what’s the big deal?

No soul, no passion.

It’s just a job and I now refuse to believe in the camp that says you should just keep any old job and live with just your free time to do what you love.

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Dec 08 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Daniela’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Daniela'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. Daniela Dumitriu was in my March 2014 session of Career Camp (all the way from Romania!), and she blew me away with a recent update of what she’s put into motion since we wrapped up just 6 short months ago. I can’t wait to share her inspiring story with you!

Looking back 10 years ago I thought I was on the right path, becoming spiritual and enlightened. I immersed myself deeply into gratitude, giving to others, letting go of all the judgements, eating  vegan and so forth. For the first time in my life, I started to feel loved and have success.

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Nov 17 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Diane’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Diane'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. Diane Pauley made such an impression on me when she approached me at the Reboot conference before I spoke, and aligned herself with my mission of promoting meaningful work. I’m thrilled to share her story here with you!

It was Thanksgiving 2012 and I found myself on my knees in a cherry bog field in a tiny Massachusetts town screaming at the sky.

What led me to this very sad moment you may be asking? It was me finally coming to grips with the reality that I had been lying to myself for nearly a decade.

Let’s rewind. I grew up in a very academically strict household. And having a voice, an independent one at that, was pretty hard to come by.

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Nov 10 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Vanessa’s Story


The Recession is Bullhonkey: Vanessa'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. As a cancer survivor myself, I especially love Vanessa‘s story, which you’re about to read below. Cancer can take our organs, but never our (sick but appreciated!) sense of humor OR our dream career!

I was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 after losing my dad and my last full time job. I had a big, fat gap on my resume that I couldn’t quite explain away. No one at my college’s career counseling department warned me that I could be broke, bald and dying at 25. As Stephanie Tanner on “Full House” would often lament, “How rude.”

So I did what any sane person would do. I started my own business.

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Nov 03 2014

The Recession is Bullhonkey: Gigi’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’m oh-so-glad that Gigi Griffis reached out to me to share her mini-story: quitting her ad agency job in 2010 to freelance, and making the switch in 2013 to pursue her “secret, childhood dream of becoming a travel writer.”

In 2010, I was utterly exhausted.

I’d spent the last three years of my life working at an ad agency, building up a copywriting and content strategy career from nothing. I’d worked hard. I’d learned a ton. And I was proud of myself for making it as a full-time paid writer—something I’d been dreaming about since childhood.

But I was also completely exhausted—tired of the long workweeks, the weekend work, the nights I got home at 9 p.m.

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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 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 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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