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As always, how is this relevant and valuable to you? Well, perhaps it will allow you to jog your mind and see how your journey has evolved and continues to evolve. Also, I’d love to share some resources with you that have been helpful to me. Jump to the end to get your hands on the non “subscribe to my community” resources.
It’s only when we’re able to measure where we’ve come from and visualize where we’re going that we inch and leap closer to the living the life of our dreams. I thought I’d share a bit on my OG muses in hopes to have you recognize who yours are as well. They won’t always be the standard ‘gurus’, they might be the person next door.
First, my incredibly point form and incomplete transition story,
Once upon a time there was a girl who lovvvvved working in the brokerage industry (financial services) as an Investment Advisor, who enjoyed nothing more than equity trading, raising private equity and managing her client’s wealth. Then one day the landscape began to change. Boutique shops were being purchased (not a bad thing) and brokerages within banks were taking over. The compensation structure shifted, the rules changed, and ultimately the last company I worked for, the nail in the coffin was the culture. There’s nothing worse than dreading showing up to work when you truly love what you do and appreciate your clients only to be confined to the walls of someone else’s poor client care support channels & foul internal communication’s mercy. Shudder.
A precursor of the beginning to the end, somewhere along the way in May of 2013 I order Tim Ferris’ ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ from Amazon and that tasty dish becomes devoured in one sitting. At the time my partner and I were travelling overseas frequently/monthly and working remotely proved more than appealing. From the moment I read the 4 Hour Work Week forward I made it my mission to not only work for myself, but to do something I love and serve others with purpose. It’s game on and concept #1 to my entrepreneurial venture is born. Concept #1 is a product I created and passion project at it’s best. Tim was OG muse #1. His podcast is still one of the only one’s I’ve ever listened to.
Cue September 2013: girl leaves brokerage, girl starts doing management consulting, 10 months go on and the RFP (request for proposal) game is tiring. I’m ultimately drained and not winning in many capacities. I’ve never been about the chase or the hunt in work or relationships, I’m largely of intimacy, loyalty and passion.
Time rolls and it’s now July of 2014 and Bastille Day. A long time Parisian wannabe I’m posting my love for strong, iced espresso and fluffy croissants on Instagram. Low and behold I connect with Muse #2, Carrie Anne James, as she comments on my Bastille Day IG post.
I immediately vibe with CJ and soon learn she is offering an online French program that’s conversationally focused and exactly what I want/need seeing as I’m in France twice annually on average. Next thing you know I’ve signed up for her 6 week (I think) then High School Deja Vu program, now called French is Beautiful (I love both names to the program). Check out Carrie Anne featured here.
Another spark is born. I want to coach, consult and run online group coaching to support and connect others on their topic of need and the one I provide. I quickly befriend Carrie Anne, take notes from her lead, remain inspired, take action and see where I can add value back into her world in exchange. We’re still friends today and I’ve invested in more than one of her programs (all of which I would recommend with my seal of approval).
Bringing us up to speed on the journey in hella point form, in 4 short years since my first ‘spark’ (and not without some serious coaching, investment and heart wrench along the way) I’ve:
- a) created a tangible product
- b) written an eBook
- c) created a digital product
- d) monetized my blog
- e) successfully hosted group coaching
- f) and have grown my private clientele in coaching & consulting
I’m no where near where I’m focused on going but I’m way farther ahead than when I started and I’m always learning methodically on hyper speed to better those I serve, myself and those around me.
My point in muse’ings and sharing: you’ve got to choose and your choices aren’t always going to be right but they will help you evolve (which is the whole point). Stay open, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself – and listen (more than you talk). You’ll learn new knowledge, you’ll discover truths you never knew you had within you, you’ll shed layers and grow into new realms so long as you decide to show up ~ and continuously adjust the plan staying focused on what you want.
Entrepreneurship and being a business owner isn’t for the faint of heart and there’s a ton you do not get told up front, hence it’s so damn important to take cues from those who have been there. They’ll save you a ton of time, heart and dough.
Now about saving that time, heart and dough: here are links to my top 3 digital guides I have at this point and I’m sharing them in this post that do not require you to sign up to receive (just click the links below and access is right there):
- Nine Save Your Ass Financial Rules (everyone should know)
- 20 Practical Financial Secrets to Prosperity for Entrepreneurs
- The 7 Entrepreneurial Secrets to Success
If you are are interested in the digital guide I wrote , I’ll be giving it to you free of charge until July 5th. All you have to do is email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and request it. That’s like saving $47 USD! #MoneyInTheBank
Two more resources that have propelled my personal growth and success in business are . . .
This person is one more muse who’s been invaluable on my journey and her name is Jenny Sansouci of Healthy Crush (pretty much the only blog I’ve ever read aside from this one). I know you’ll enjoy both and get a mass amount of information out of each on health, personal development, travel, business and just life.
Enjoy and let me know what you found most enjoyable or useful.