Here’s the confession: over a year ago, I found myself hating my work.
Which might not seem like a big deal. After all, lots of people don’t love (or even like) their work.
Except I had branded myself as the Work You Love Coach. (Yep, that’s literally my domain name.)
Let me reveal how I found myself in the rather uncomfortable position of being an expert on loving one’s work while secretly hating my own — and, more importantly, how I crawled out of that particular hole.
The truth is that I had been loving my work for a number of years before all this happened. After having left my career as a lawyer to start my own business on another continent (because apparently I don’t do half-measures…), I was amazed that I could get paid for doing something that I absolutely loved to do. …
I was about to go on stage before a hundred of my peers, presenting a workshop idea to them. Many people had lined up to present their ideas, and only a few of those ideas would be chosen by popular vote.
As I was listening to the people on stage, I started feeling more and more nervous and regretted my decision to take part in this idea pitch.
I had just recently left a highly paid and prestigious job (and my entire legal career along with it), moved to another continent, and started a business from scratch. …
“How do you find article ideas?”
When I announced on Social Media that I was doing a 30-day writing challenge (one post/day), that’s what I got asked. A friend of mine said that she didn’t know what to write about.
I wrote a response where I shared a few thoughts about it and then got back to my writing. Over the following days, my inspiration flowed and I had no trouble coming up with ideas for articles.
Then, Day 14 arrived and I had no clue what to write about. As I was sitting in front of my blank screen, I once again pondered my friend’s question.This …
I was in England for a workshop when the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano erupted.
With all flights shut down, I was one of the millions of stranded travelers. I wondered how to get back to Germany in time for a class I was giving.
Instead of driving me to the airport, my English friends dropped me off at a faraway harbor. The next available ferry was leaving the following morning, so I had to spend the night.
Since everything seemed booked out, I decided to sleep in the harbor building, but then a woman talked me into finding a hotel with her. On our way downtown, we met two other people. …
You’ve probably heard that you should do what you love and you will never work a day in your life, the money will follow, yada yada yada.
Well, let me tell you: that’s not true!
Myself, right now:
I love what I do. Most of the time. And yet, after just finishing my intense 30-day writing challenge, the last thing I want to do is write anything. Even this blog post. (I still love you, though!)
* Yes, I used to be a lawyer… what gave it away?
A redditor shared this story of a young man who decided he wanted to be a great writer. …
There’s one person who poses the most significant danger to you throughout your life…
… and to find out who that is, look into the mirror.
Yes, that’s right! You are the biggest danger to yourself.
If we treated others the same way we treat ourselves, we’d all be in jail.
For instance, a few days ago, I accidentally dropped a laptop on my foot because I wasn’t paying attention. Thankfully, both my laptop and my foot emerged from it unscathed but I easily could have broken my toes.
That’s a harmless example, right? Well, negligently harming another person is something my home country currently punishes with a fine or up to 3 years imprisonment. …
Seemingly unsolvable relationship problems are part of the human experience.
For instance, I often see people (including myself) wrestle with tough questions such as:
However, when we ask ourselves questions like these we tend to fall into a trap… and when I first learned about this trap, it blew my mind!
Humans are natural problem solvers. Our species has found solutions to severe medical conditions, tricky transportation challenges, and even minor inconveniences such as boredom (reality TV and such!). …
Words can change your life.
Some words — such as “I have a dream” — even change the world.
That’s because words are powerful. Words are power.
Let’s explore how to unlock this power by adding a few simple sentences to your everyday vocabulary.
Say yes to whatever really matters to you.
Hands down the fast way to end an argument. …
We’ve all heard the business mantra that the customer is king. It describes the importance customers have to business, and the resulting need to provide good services to them.
While we can probably all agree that our customers are important and that we need to provide great service to them, does the mantra “the customer is king” make sense? And should those of us who work in B2C (business-to-customer) act like it?
Let me give a personal example: Recently, I disappointed a client. This person had rather unrealistic expectations on how quickly and often I could be available for them, given the limited service they had picked and how it was described. …
“Real artists ship.” If you want to be productive and successful, these are three words you should take to heart.
A while ago, I was talking to a coaching client who was working on a number of different projects. My client mentioned that she usually got her projects almost done and then abandoned them.
This reminded me of a runner who would enter a marathon, cover almost the complete distance, and then drop out a few meters (or a dozen feet) before the finish line.
When it comes to projects, people do this all the time. …