Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! Give it up for Nancy Norbeck and her 2-week-old biz, Follow Your Curiosity! We started working together last summer in Discover Your Dream Business, and this is the culmination of working together seamlessly from that program into 90 Day Business Launch. I’m insanely proudcited to take her 7 year old dream of being an entrepreneur and make it a reality. So much love to this incredible creativity coach, author & podcast host!
Why did you decide to work with me?
I was desperate! Really, really desperate. When a job is doing its best to kill you (mentally, physically, spiritually), you get that way. I’d tried to find other jobs and nothing stuck, tried to launch my business more or less on my own–with a course or two here or there–and it never went anywhere. I even tried serious career counseling (where they give you all the aptitude tests) and came out as my weirdo self rather than anything that could be found in a want ad, so I decided it was time to get help launching my business the right way, because working for myself was the only thing that made any sense.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
I’m still working the same desk job I had then, because I’ve only just launched. But I hope one day soon to be working for myself helping creative folks get unstuck as a creativity coach and podcaster.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
I already knew it’s tough to try to figure out how to launch a business on your own, but the One Perfect Day blew my mind in terms of how much it was possible to get done in six hours, and how comprehensive it was. I’d have spent months trying to put that together myself, at least, and probably still wouldn’t have had such a complete end product.
(Michelle’s note: One Perfect Day is the kick-off for 90 Day Business Launch, where we hunker down together for 6 hours in NYC or NJ and complete your entire customized launch plan: mission, message, milestones, marketing and money. It’s magical.)
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
I’ve been trying to start a business for seven years. I wish I’d had the courage (emotional and financial) to do in 2011 what I’m doing now. It’s scary and daunting and it feels like you can do it yourself, but to paraphrase the immortal words of Dr. Ian Malcolm, just because you think you can doesn’t mean you should.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
This is actually a grad school tip, but it works everywhere. Deadlines are MAGIC. If I have a credible deadline—a deadline I’m not willing to break—miracles happen. It doesn’t matter how much there is to do or how much I think it can’t be done. Somehow, it’ll happen. The trick is that you have to feel the reality of that deadline. If you’re willing to blow it off, it won’t work.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I’m offering 1:1 coaching services as well as a brand new podcast (Follow Your Curiosity). The podcast features interviews with all sorts of creative folks (some well-known, some completely obscure) about their creative journeys—what obstacles they’ve faced, who helped them along the way (and who didn’t!), and what they’ve learned in the process—and I’m also taking calls from folks who’re looking for a little help to get moving again, so you get can some real-life inspiration and a sense of what it’s like to work with me.
Where can we find you and your work?