Win a Free Membership to Trailblazer

Win a Free Membership to Trailblazer

Good morning fellow Trailblazers.

My team and I have been hard at work (except for our Shihtzu, Sofie, she’s mostly been barking in her sleep) on the new Trailblazer program.

We’ve been releasing a series of videos over the past few weeks, and shared the success stories of some of our awesome members. And last week we had everyone vote on a new emblem for the program (which generated nearly 200 comments).

In less than two weeks we’ll be opening the doors to the brand, shiny new program, but for now, there’s nothing to buy. So put away your wallet. :)

My heart has really been overjoyed by the flood of comments, emails and tweets about the videos we’ve been releasing. I’m really blown away and humbled by all of the kind words and support we’ve gotten from partners and past members sharing this message.

I think it’s important to get this message out there that you don’t have to play someone else’s game, and you really can get paid to be who you are. I feel like this message is starting to resonate on a bigger level.

How to win a free membership to Trailblazer

I want to give two highly inspired people a free membership to Trailblazer. It will be tough to pick the winners, but ideally they should be a good fit for the product and be diligent implementers.

We’ll be reviewing all of the entries and making a decision within the next week.

The deadline for entry is Tuesday, January 24th at 8pm EST.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Step 1: Leave a comment below on this post.
  2. Step 2: In your comment tell us: Why you think Trailblazer can help you create a thriving lifestyle business, getting paid to be who you are..
  3. Optional: record a video and upload to Youtube (bonus points).

We’ll choose the most compelling two responses and will announce the winners next Wednesday.

Also, please be as short and sweet as possible. It’ll make it easier on us to judge the entries.

If you like, you can also vote for someone else’s entry by leaving a comment on their entry.

Okay, that’s it! Leave a comment below to enter!

I’m looking forward to reading all of the responses. This should be really fun. :)

******UPDATE*****

Entries are now CLOSED, but I am leaving the  comments open since there has been so much amazing discussion and support. Thank you everyone for entering!

Winners!

Everyone had amazing entries and each of you are already one step closer by stepping up and putting yourself out there. It was extremely difficult to choose just two winners (which is why it took an extra day to make a decision) In the end there was a tie and we went 3 winners! The winners of the Free Passes to Trailblazer are (in no particular order):

1. Brett Henly

2. Benjamin Jenks

3. Megan Andrietti

Winners will be contacted shortly with more details. Thanks to everyone who entered. Keep following your dreams and blazing those paths.

photo courtesy of Orin Zebest

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Filip Stilin
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One day, I stumbled across Jonathan’s work by chance. Everything I knew to that day was the old template of finishing school/college and hoping you look pretty and sound intelligent in an interview for a job you don’t want, coincidentally creating the rest of the life that you dread. A life of fear and doubt, knowing that statements like “good singer”, “enjoying to help” or “I love writing” won’t pay your bills like claiming that you’re a “team player”, “ambitious” or any other cookie cutter attributes.If I hadn’t discovered this, who knows? Maybe I would learn it the hard way.… Read more »
Filip Stilin
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One day, I stumbled across Jonathan’s work by chance. Everything I knew to that day was the old template of finishing school/college and hoping you look pretty and sound intelligent in an interview for a job you don’t want, coincidentally creating the rest of the life that you dread. A life of fear and doubt, knowing that statements like “good singer”, “enjoying to help” or “I love writing” won’t pay your bills like claiming that you’re a “team player”, “ambitious” or any other cookie cutter attributes. If I hadn’t discovered this, who knows? Maybe I would learn it the hard… Read more »
rudeesade
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@Filip Stilin Pretty sure I felt the way you felt when I was 20 but had no idea how to begin to phrase it ’til I was 25 (aka: this year). Decision, the hardest part = done. I’m sure you’re going to be awesome.

rudeesade
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@Filip Stilin Filip–love the holy grail effect of finding your tribe online. Pretty sure I felt the way you felt when I was 20 but had no idea how to begin to phrase it ’til I was 25 (aka: this year). Here’s a red solo cup, welcome to the party :)

Filip Stilin
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@rudeesade If you don’t get the membership, I don’t know who will! You’ve been reaching out to everyone, giving them your time, going beyond that one comment for the win. Lesson learned :D

rudeesade
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@Filip Stilin Thanks muchly much for the support.

rudeesade
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Hi Jonathan (!) GRATITUDE for the generosity with this offer and your general badassery. To everyone reading/submitting, shine on. Aside from the fact your content powers my day and you–yes, specifically you–inspired me to get plugs this year, this is why you should hook a sista up: a) Trailblazer will be lovingly applied to my brand new project, To Breed Love. I’m building a platform connect nonprofits + businesses and benefit the communities they serve in powerful (creatively renegade) ways. b) Danielle Laporte thinks I might be onto something: http://bit.ly/yFZoMC c) Current day job = foster care worker (subtext: expendable… Read more »
rudeesade
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Hi Jonathan (!) GRATITUDE for the generosity with this offer and your general badassery. To everyone reading/submitting, shine on. Aside from the fact your content powers my day and you–yes, specifically you–inspired me to get plugs this year, this is why you should hook a sista up: a) Trailblazer will be lovingly applied to my brand new project, To Breed Love. I’m building a platform to connect nonprofits + businesses and benefit the communities they serve in powerful (creatively renegade) ways. b) Danielle Laporte thinks I might be onto something: http://bit.ly/yFZoMC c) Current day job = foster care worker (subtext:… Read more »
rudeesade
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Hi Jonathan (!) GRATITUDE for the generosity with this offer and your general badassery. To everyone reading/submitting, shine on. Aside from the fact your content powers my day and you–yes, specifically you–inspired me to get plugs this year, this is why you should hook a sista up: a) Trailblazer will be lovingly applied to my brand new venture, To Breed Love. I’m building a platform to connect nonprofits + businesses and benefit the communities they serve in powerful (creatively renegade) ways. b) Danielle LaPorte thinks I might be onto something: http://bit.ly/yFZoMC c) Current day job = foster care worker (subtext:… Read more »
lilith47
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@rudeesade oh I hope you’ll get the membership! I loved the story Danielle wrote and I wish you success!

rudeesade
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@lilith47 sincerely appreciate + echo the love.

JonathanMead
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@rudeesade@lilith47 I love how much you’ve been encouraging others here. Well done.

lilith47
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@JonathanMead@rudeesade Lol thanks, I’m not here for the scholarship (starting a very different course soon, though it probably has many similarities with yours;) , but I’m curious about the stories and the people behind them :) and I don’t envy you Jonathan, how are you gonna choose?!?!??

rudeesade
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@JonathanMead :)

lilith47
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@rudeesade oh I hope you’ll get the membership! I loved the story Danielle wrote and I wish you success!

studio651
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@rudeesade I wish you all the luck! I too want to be able to apply the pool of knowledge here so that I can help nonprofits and small businesses create what Peter Forbes calls a “whole community”. I think we need more Trailblazers working outside the digital realm (but using the tools within) to bring about consilience between our knowledge networks and responsibility to human ecology. You seem to have a great attitude and armory of humorous metaphors.

rudeesade
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@studio651 Definitely appreciate the support. I just hit you up on Google+, let’s see if there’s a way we can collaborate? I’d love to find out more re: what you’re working on :)

studio651
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@rudeesade Hi Rudee… So impressed with your engagement on Trailblazer! I am quite sure we could find amazing ways to collaborate together! I’m in the process of redeveloping a place-based outdoor hiking club to help adults reconnect with nature, but also give back to communities by collecting conservation data! Let’s talk about content creation!

BerylAynYoung
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@rudeesade I saw your story on Danielle’s site and also heard about you from one of my other inspiration’s the lovely Kristen Kalp. I love love love your ideas. Good luck to you! xo.

rudeesade
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@BerylAynYoung e-Hug = reciprocated. Ms. Kalp is a helluva dame :)

rudeesade
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@BerylAynYoung e-Hug = reciprocated. Ms. Kalp is a helluva dame :) I really, really admire your strength to take such a personal story and offer the learning up to help other women.

kateblessings
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@rudeesade Damn – now I read yours and I kinda want to step back for you! I’m been on a local non-profit board for years now and am all kinds of psyched to be our first parent board chair (huge for a non-profit that serves parents!) and am so passionate about the work we do. I’ve turned down much needed jobs when the schedule would have prevented me from serving this organization that literally saves families and helps keep them intact – cause as much as foster care is important – keeping families in tact is too <3 And congrats… Read more »
rudeesade
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@kateblessings Gratitude. Much. I’ll avoid launching into an essay but…suffice it to say, I agree 200% on the importance of keeping families together if at all possible.

Just sent you a message on your website (great title, btw). I’d love to connect this coming week and see how we can boogie together. Social services ain’t easy shit…at all. Strength in numbers + hearts. Thanks for reaching out.

rudeesade
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@kateblessings

Gratitude. Much. I’ll avoid launching into an essay but…suffice it to say, I agree 200% on the importance of keeping families together if at all possible.

Totally dig your site and I just hit you up on Twitter. I’d love to connect this coming week and see how we can boogie together. Social services ain’t easy shit…at all. Strength in numbers + hearts. Thanks for reaching out.

sarahemily
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@rudeesade What an awesome story!! Love the LaPorte link, and I hope you get to Trailblaze and text at the same time. Best entry I’ve read, and love your supportive vibe.

rudeesade
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@sarahemily Support = much appreciated :)

rudeesade
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@sarahemily Support = much appreciated :)

rudeesade
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@sarahemily Support = much appreciated. I literally moved my diploma out of it’s frame to put the WhiteHotTruth article in there.

(…no, really.)

:)

rudeesade
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@sarahemily

Support = much appreciated. I literally moved my diploma out of its frame to put the WhiteHotTruth article in there.

(…no, really.)

:)

bretthenley
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@rudeesade

I’m impressed with how much effort you’ve put into responding to the majority of comments here … it’s obvious you get “give without expecting”… not too many do.

Love it.

You get my vote.

rudeesade
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@bretthenley Gratitude. Big chunks of it :)

rudeesade
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@bretthenley Gratitude. Big chunks of it :)

DwayneTWC
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Hey, Johnathan. I just recently found your blog but I don’t think it couls have come at a better time. The Trailblazer videos you’ve done are, in my opinion, freaking awesome. I can relate fully to everything that you were saying. I’ve been working on getting my time back for a while now and I really feel I am making a breakthrough. I recently launched my own blog that has only been up for about 2 1/2 weeks now but I know I’m on to something with it. I would love to get a free membership to the because I… Read more »
philtrem00
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I’m really not sure. I’d still appreciate you count me in.

PhilippeTremblay
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I’m really not sure.

I’d still appreciate you count me in.

katpolkadot
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I’m Katrina and I’m 26 years old.

I graduated from college a few months ago with two degrees (music & landscape architecture)

I’m pretty crafty, creative, and hard working.

My dad passed away a year and a half ago (and it’s just me)

I am currently selling things and fixing up the house to sell too.

I am also learning how to be happy again and heal from the stress.

The world is open to me, I could go in any direction with my life.

I am ready!

JonathanMead
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@katpolkadot I love that you’re staying positive Kat. I think you have everything you need.

apockylypse
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I used to dream big when I was younger. Nothing could stop me & I could do anything…then I grew up & silly me listened to all the people around me. Suddenly my dreams of doing something creative, something I love, didn’t seem possible. Fast forward to present day. I’m working a job I hate & often refer to as a zombie job, because the job market in my area was horrible when I graduated with my degrees. I listened to people in the past, going against my heart & taking the ‘normal’ path. It got me nowhere. The only… Read more »
FrugalBeautiful
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@apockylypse I stumbled upon this comment by coincidence…yay! I really hope you participate in Trailblazer, I know how committed you are (from what I read on your blog) and know this could be just the spark you need to really blaze a new path. I hope you get it and wish you the best in 2012!

apockylypse
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@FrugalBeautiful@apockylypse Thank you so much, sweetie! It’s encouragement from friends like you that really makes things so great.

FrugalBeautiful
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I started a blog last year that helped me quit my job and work at home. I’m one step short of doing what I really love, and that’s helping others do what I was able to do. I just launched a new site- thefrugalpreneur.com and will be launching a podcast with interviews meant to inspire people who are just as broke and terrified as I have been that it can be done. My big scary goal is to also launch an ebook- and I can see this totally synching with what Trailblazer stands for and becoming the mastermind group I… Read more »
rudeesade
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@FrugalBeautiful You rock. Hard. I’m also starting a podcast…totally different demo but inspiration + business seem like shared goals. Putting the pieces together is cool but freaky. Ideashare/cross pollination pow-wow, maybe? Consider yourself officially solicited via inbox :)

rudeesade
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@FrugalBeautiful You rock. Hard. I’m also starting a podcast…totally different demo but inspiration + business seem like shared goals. Ideashare/cross pollination pow-wow, maybe? Consider yourself officially solicited via inbox :)

kateblessings
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@FrugalBeautiful Congrats on quiting your day job! And even more so on now wanting to share that with others – sharing and empowering others is a passion deep in my heart <3

Crystal Meade
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It appears this kind of content (yours) is corner stone based, but also appears cliche. I’ve witnessed and experienced many of these types that offer up change but most often benefit the purveyor energy and interest wise. Kinda like a pyramid. I have the capability to apply my person in interest of the challenge, however, I also offer an honest ability to engage the quality of content, and whether it can constructively be applied to the ultimate solution which appears to be the goal of the sites content and purported advents. Inspiration can spark a path into new directions that… Read more »
Remitrom
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First I was a little skeptical, But life seemed kinda Dull.

Get paid for things I love to do? Or live in misery like a Fool?

To travel, explore places I’ve never been, Meet interesting people, make them my friend.

When I get old, will I regret what I had not done? Or will I smile & remember all the Fun?

The time is Now, not much to loose, I WILL LIVE LIFE AS I CHOOSE.

Others have done it, Support is Here. TrailBlazer You have my Ear.

JonathanMead
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@Remitrom Probably one of the most creative entries. Well done sir.

Remitrom
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@JonathanMead

Thanx, if you like to see more, the’re on facebook,

I’d be delighted if you’ would have a look,

search using my web address,

cause the’re 2000 with my name, more or less,

If I could earn a living this way?

I would certainly start today!

http://www.triadaudio@gmail.com

ChrisGeorge
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Hey Johnathan, I’m currently at a turning point in my life. I’ve been working for the same company since I was 17 years of age (I’m now 33). In and out of college since 1998 sans a bachelors degree. I’m very close to that coveted piece of paper in accounting, but don’t feel that it’s the answer. I want to do things I enjoy. I want to help people. I want that warm-fuzzy feeling and to not be able to differentiate work from play. I’ve been reading a lot of Minimalist blogs, self help books, etc. in the hopes of… Read more »
gaileejohnson
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Hi Jonathan, Trailblazer can help me create a thriving lifestyle business in two ways give me access to valuable knowledge to grow my start up business and give me access to networks of successful people who follow their own paths in life. I think my life will improve drastically with a opportunity to make a fortune. You may think I am talking about a fortune as in finances that is a part of the opportunity, but I value fortune as finding joy, fulfillment, and accomplishing my goals as a way for me to be fortunate. Knowledge can never be taken… Read more »
BenjaminOliverJenks
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Hey Jonathan,

Thanks for the opportunity to sign up. Been watching you and your crew rock it for awhile now.

I made a short video about why I might be a solid member of the next class.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwdvBFmbda4

Let me know if you have any questions, Jonathan. Rock it, Benjamin

rudeesade
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@BenjaminOliverJenks Seriously digging your Stop Motion video! It’s humbling and inspiring to see people doin’ the damn thing and sharing passions with others. I love that you dare people to see adventure as doable. I’ve been preaching that sermon long as I can remember. Will definitely pass your stuff along!

BenjaminOliverJenks
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@rudeesade Thanks, Rudeesade

Bennyhsu
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@BenjaminOliverJenks Awesome video. I remember seeing your viral video awhile back. Loved it. I haven’t read the rest of the entries but I’m sure you should be towards the top.

BenjaminOliverJenks
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@Bennyhsu Thanks Benny. Excellent name by the way. :)

Megan Andrietti
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@BenjaminOliverJenks

Loving the video, and after about 5 seconds on Adventure Sauce, I’m loving that as well! Rawk on!

BenjaminOliverJenks
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@Megan Andrietti Muchas gracias, Megan!

ChrisGeorge
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@BenjaminOliverJenks Great ideas, brotha! Love the Adventure Sauce!

BenjaminOliverJenks
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@ChrisGeorge Haha, thanks Chris George. Enjoyed your story as well.

debrahilton
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I am stuck on the ‘must keep doing this to pay the bills’ treadmill, but my goal is to be an example of ‘doing what you love AND paying the bills’. I’ve been following you for about a year, and cheering you on form the sidelines. I believe that Trailblazer could help me really launch out – although I’m planning on 2012 being the year I make things happen anyway.

ChrisGeorge
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@debrahilton You speak of a story that I am all too familiar with. 2012 will be your year. The year for us all to be much more proactive. :)

debrahilton
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@ChrisGeorge I think that it IS a common story. We all fall for the same story line and are afraid that we will fail if we launch out in a different direction.

JayCLambert
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Pick me! Pick me! Seriously, your overall philosophy of getting paid to be yourself really resonates with me because ‘jobs’ that fit my expertise are few and far between. The two biggest obstacles holding me back are finances (got none right now) and I’m easily distracted. I go all out for a bit, and when it doesn’t take off, I find myself looking in new directions rather than really being strategic. I feel like I have a bunch of puzzle pieces right now, and just need some help putting them together.

DonnaScarola
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Have you ever felt that if you were anymore engrossed and enveloped in a single moment, that you would be swallowed up? I never felt more alive when I decided that I want to live on my terms, that I never want to settle for less than greatness and that being amazing is possible. I have always been deemed pretty counterintuitive and unorthodox, now it is what makes me feel present and alive all the time, knowing that I am myself and that I can do great things, by being and working exactly how I want to. Crave on. http://www.thecraveologist.com… Read more »
Rebecca Scott
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Greetings and thanks for this opportunity. Bamboo is my passion, since it grows quickly, in almost every climate, and promoting bamboo consumption through stores, web sites and writing articles and blogs, I can be my own boss instead of this debilitating under-employed status. I have always believed in a simple life, world travel, right livelihood and helping the world’s less fortunate to receive fair wages. Thank you.

Rebecca Scott
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Greetings and thanks for this opportunity. Bamboo is my passion, since it grows quickly in almost every climate, and by promoting bamboo consumption through stores, web sites, articles and blogs, I can be my own boss instead of living in this debilitating under-employed limbo. I have always believed in a simple life, world travel, right livelihood and helping the world’s less fortunate to receive fair wages. Thank you.

JonathanMead
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@Rebecca Scott Love it. I believe bamboo can change the world too. Thanks for entering Rebecca.

Rebecca Scott
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@JonathanMead Thank you Jonathan, for your positive comment, and for all the hard work you do.

Megan Andrietti
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Every day I wake up on a quest for authenticity. I’m on a mission to find those who march to the beat of their own drums…whose beat is so loud, resonating and unique I can hear it just by looking at them. I’m a quality over quantity girl, I would much rather have 2 clients who are called to work with me than 25 clients who work with me because they feel like they “should.” I don’t define success in terms of financial gain; I define it in terms of happiness. My only expectation for my business is that it… Read more »
rudeesade
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@Megan Andrietti Mentors v. Advice Pushers? Yow. Whatever you end up making, give me some. Per favore.

Megan Andrietti
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@rudeesade

Why, thank you! I would be honored to keep you in my loop. If you are so inclined, I’d love for you to visit my blog, http://www.rawkinwellness.wordpress.com.

studio651
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amen megan! I live in new england where the colloquial ethic is to work hard, be obedient, and reap the rewards upon retirement. The bravest thing i ever did was drop out of a prestigious college 1 semester short of my degree because I could no longer support their unhealthy and inauthentic paradigm. While I couldn’t put my proverbial finger on it at the time, I knew there was a greater calling for me in life — to build better, more authentic and organic connections; to cultivate community on my own sustainable terms.; to find a way to share these… Read more »
Megan Andrietti
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@studio651

Thank you for such a thoughtful response! Cheers to you for realizing when enough is enough and following your own path, I know that is both a terrifying yet indescribably rewarding experience. And as far as the advice-givers go, let ’em hate all they want; the stronger their jealousy, the more secure you should feel in your authenticity!

studio651
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@Megan Andrietti :) I just wish more people listened to their inner voice and kept pursuing their paths rather than second guess and get stuck in cyclical, sickening behaviors.

zillionring
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@Megan Andrietti Congrats Megan to win the contest, I liked your statement , positive energy that makes a difference! @zillionring

KimberlyJ
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Creating a business that I can run from home has been a recurring dream of mine. I have a busy combined family of ten children which creates a never-ending list of things clamoring for my time. Unfortunately, the best parts of me are spent by the time I get home from an intellectually demanding job that is far less than satisfying. Through some horrific life experiences, I’ve gained a unique perspective that I know could help others. I have several ideas, but nothing concrete, because I stuff down everything that surfaces as unpredictable–but the thoughts don’t quit. Something inside me… Read more »
rudeesade
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@KimberlyJ This is mega-inspiring. Thank you. I, officially, will never complain that my 2 dogs are making a dent on my business lab time again. Have you heard of Marie Forleo? She’s magic for busybusy women determined to put success on their to-do list. Dig on her stuff.

lilith47
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@KimberlyJ I wish you success in starting a home business! It’s awesome to be able to wake up, get your cup of tea and go to your home office/studio/atelier…. to start the work you love! Just make sure you have your space and time that is solely for the business and that everyone knows it and doesn’t disturb you!

I’m sure there are people who need just your kind of expertise. They’ll come when you’re ready! Good luck!

ShravanVenkataraman
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Trailblazer….well, its something worth the time and effort…they say, in relationships we need two way interaction and efforts…whatever efforts we put, the trailblazer gives a fitting result….in business, i think it is worth any man’s time and effort….which is the most important asset of any man….who is in business….

spacyraja
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I’ve just written a book on the getting the right mindset to attract the ideal life and how to blaze the trail : ) – its all about getting the Hakuna Matata Mindset..!

it;s the missing Secret of the book The Secret, based on my own personal experiences and how Ive made things work…however i would love help on promoting the book..as social media marketing/the publishing world is such a new area to me..

thanks

Sonia

stargazing
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It’s either this or a frontal lobotomy; the cumulative disappointment of every day’s waste weighs heavy on my spirit. Taking the prescribed route through life strips away layers of individuality, carefully grown and nurtured through years of childhood frolics and misdemeanors. A well traveled road does not necessarily make it the right one, sadly we tend only to realise this the closer we get it’s end. My hope is there are enough weary travelers who have turned back or changed course, found a different way and whose passion will lead the rest to follow. I have so much to the… Read more »
JonathanMead
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@stargazing If you don’t have a blog already, you should start one. You’re a great writer.

stargazing
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@JonathanMead Well thanks Jonathan, despite my typos… I punched it out whilst deleting emails from my boss and feining interest in the office debate about which colour our 2012 diaries should be… shoot me! :)

CatherineW
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Very new to this conversation, but it is amazing. I am grateful for the opportunity. Fate stepped and pushed me over the edge last September when I was terminated from a job which no longer improved my life. Writing is my life and that path is calling. But I have another dream which Trailblazer may help me to achieve. I love to travel and have been tossing about an idea of spending a year on the ultimate road trip. Driving about the US seeing for myself what women are doing out there. What the sights, sounds and tastes of the… Read more »
IrinaSedova
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@CatherineW Catherine, what an interesting idea! I invite you to swing by Boulder and Lyons, CO. There are a number of amazing women here who I am sure would love to contribute to the dialogue. Shoot me an e-mail at isedova@gmail.com and please know you have a place to stay in CO. Happy travels! – Irina

JonathanMead
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@IrinaSedova@CatherineW I’m really loving the interaction and support people are giving each other here. It’s great to see so many people sharing their stories and getting support from one another.

studio651
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@CatherineW Catherine I love this idea and I encourage you to record as much as possible your conversations, either audio or video, or both. If you need tips for doing ethnography, I’d be happy to help out in any way. I have experience in audio documentary pruduction that i’d like to get back into anyway. This kind of folklife/qualitative research is important work!

CatherineW
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@studio651 Hello. Yes the encouragement and offers for assistance is amazing. We do hope to use both audio and video as the interviewees are comfortable with. And we do need to improve those skills. While writing history pieces for a local newspaper, I stumbled across some audio tapes college students have been creating and found them to be wonderful resources. Hearing the actual voices as people shared their stories is an unmatchable experience.

CatherineW
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@studio651 Thank you for your offer of help. I am looking forward to working with such amazing, passionate individuals such as yourself.

gtadaddy
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DJing and mixing music comes naturally to me. I was attracted to it at an early age (I think I was 10) when I first stepped behind a pair of turntables and a mixer that my uncle owned. I also have to thank him for his collection of disco and funk record collection to help get me going. All the tools were there and I was self-taught. I’m 37 now and have been able to make quite a bit of money on the side in the last 15 or so years having played in our city’s best nightclubs, spun tunes… Read more »
JosephHaddon
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Once upon a time (like, a year ago), in a place very near to this one (OK, OK, you got me, I’m still at the same place), I was a different person. In fact, I was more like two people. I weighed six hundred pounds (had to write that out so you know it isn’t a typo). I was fat, and lazy, and morose. A bump on a log. Dead weight. Depressed and unmotivated. Then I had an epiphany of sorts. Happiness is a choice; choose happiness. So I did. I turned my life around. I started off really working… Read more »
JonathanMead
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@JosephHaddon Wow, this is a really compelling transformation. Way to go Joseph, thanks for sharing this with us, and for being so transparent.

rudeesade
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@JosephHaddon Holy shit. This is the best story I’ve heard in…awhile. Matrix reference and all. I have a micromini version of this story for my last few years as well. What*ever* it is you start, please keep me posted.

http://www.rudeesade.com

PaigeBurkes
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Over the past year I’ve embarked on a blogging adventure to create a new business and find myself. It has certainly had its up’s and down’s but, through the process, I’m finding my true self and I’m loving expressing that in ways that help and support others. I’m finding that, the more authentic I am, the more the Universe opens the doors of opportunity – all the doors that have been slamming shut in my face the past few years. With my blog being one aspect of my business (I have tons of ideas for growing my brand), I want… Read more »
JonathanMead
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@PaigeBurkes Thanks for sharing your story Paige. There’s a lot of people here that I’m sure can relate to your story. It seems like you’re very committed and are on the right track.

LittleSeattleOb
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Oh my goodness. You know, I have many ideas and many things I’m interested and love but I have a hard time organizing and keeping up with it after a few weeks in. I absolutely cannot do a regular job. I’ve tried. It’s not that I can’t succeed at it, its just that I don’t believe in it. I believe in me. I’m not lacking in faith but I need the practical steps to help me GET there. :) Okay, sometimes I need some inspiration (it gets tiring) but your newsletters do a heck of a job for me! Plus… Read more »
rudeesade
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@LittleSeattleOb Have you heard about the Organized Artists Company? A really badass resource for creatives (or techies + more hard business-y types who have gone to the rebel side). She has a lot of freemium content on organizing and finding your niche. Bon chance!

Sassamifrass
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I’d suspected for a while that everything I knew about living my life was wrong. Check the checkboxes, work down the list! Hurry, hurry, other people are checking those boxes faster than you! Rush through childhood! Rush through highschool! Rush through study and your career! Hang on – what am I running towards? Oh. I want to stop rushing towards death. My whole life, my biggest passions have been storytelling and biodiveristy. I’ll make up impromptu tales around a campfire, I’ll write poems and stories, I’ll interpretive dance you a whodunnit thriller if you give me a few minutes. I’ll… Read more »
rudeesade
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@Sassamifrass You = significantly rad. Being so, you may have already heard of Dyana Valentine. I hear echoes of her in your writing…even in your site illustration. Biz diva/storyteller who specializes in taking desires (especially save the world type ish) and translating them into a glistening narrative and $$. Via con dios.

rudeesade
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@Sassamifrass I agree. So hard. You = significantly rad. Being so, you may have already heard of Dyana Valentine. I hear echoes of her in your writing…even in your site illustration. Biz diva/storyteller who specializes in taking desires (especially save the world type ish) and translating them into a glistening narrative and $$. Via con dios.

Sassamifrass
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@rudeesade I’m so glad I left this comment! I hadn’t come across Dyana before, but I’ve now looked her up and will read through her site. Thank you so much!

BerylAynYoung
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Hi Jonathan – Last year I created the Illuminate e-course as an outlet for moms who have loss children due to miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, an outlet to heal using photography. I stumbled upon your website one day while on Facebook. I was heading to my “Illuminate” FB fan page and your “Illuminated Mind” FB page came up in my search results as well. I stopped over and my jaw dropped. It was like a strange twist of fate the brought me to you because I feel like you take words out of my mouth. I’ve been through a HUGE… Read more »
JonathanMead
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@BerylAynYoung Beautiful story Beryl. Thank you for having the courage to be so honest and transparent.

BerylAynYoung
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@JonathanMead No no, thank you @JonathanMead for giving us all an open platform to share true selves and build our dreams. xo.

studio651
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Hi Jonathan, I am heartened by all the support and positivity here in this community, so much so it has finally moved me from being a voyeur to a participant! Throughout my adult life I have gut-checked my ideals with the poetry of Rilke: “Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final” But even with one’s best intentions and illuminations, it’s easy to fall back into the status quo and fish in familiar rivers, be it coping mechanism or the need for financial stability. I consider myself in pursuit of courageous acts of… Read more »
stargazing
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@studio651 You and me both buddy, I share your sentiment. I’m great at starting things…

studio651
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@stargazing thanks! I think my biggest baby step so far is learning to believe that my ideas and projects are worthy of merit. Strength in numbers! @JonathanMead, are you planning on hosting a Google+ hangout in the future?

JonathanMead
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@studio651@stargazing We might just do that if there’s enough interest. That would be fun.

kateblessings
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Oops – seems I’ve posted mine in the wrong spot – nice! I’m paste it here now :) Trailblazer can help unlock my Greatness waiting to be (re)Born by helping me finds the ways I’m still holding those limiting self-beliefs –I can feel them pull me downward every time I reach a new height so it becomes a 2 steps forward 1 step back struggle when I know life isn’t meant to work that way. The Fear is HUGE for me – I had plans on years of college and planning before I started my coaching business but instead life… Read more »
rudeesade
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@kateblessings Oh my gosh…the first thing I heard in my head was Danielle LaPorte getting the “goddess of permission” on speed dial. Makes more sense in context, swear: http://vimeo.com/27275409

Woo (!) for deciding that it’s your time. You’re already jumping into an amazing mix of people to help you find your way.

rudeesade
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@kateblessings PS You *are* enough. Right now. You effing are.

kateblessings
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@rudeesade Just watched the video – Love that! – I’m gonna put the Goddess of Permission on my own speed dial – She and I are about to become good friends!

LanaEqualityPhillips
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@kateblessings I hear the beautiful spirit in you, and I know that it is enough for you just to be who you are. Step out, and trust that the universe (and loving souls in it) will always catch you as you fall.

ccw
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Just came across your site and have been digging in – great content and motivation. I got laid off last month and believe Trailblazer will help me create the kind of consultancy that I wish I had worked for!

LanaEqualityPhillips
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I’ve been thinking since yesterday when I received your newsletter about this post how I wanted to present myself and my life and my desire to get paid for who I am. I haven’t completely decided just how yet, but I decided to tell my story as honestly as I can and go from there. I started working in social services 20 years ago. I loved helping people in need. I had always planned to become a therapist, but fell in love with frontline support with marginalized people. I wanted to get a degree in social work, but life in… Read more »
LanaEqualityPhillips
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I have the vision of an online community to provide support to people helpers and other world changers who are experiencing burnout and don’t have the connection within their agencies or who work on their own. This community will be based on creativity, connection, community, and compassion–for ourselves and everyo. ne else. I’m ready to get started, cancer and depression be damned. I can’t afford Trailblazer or other joyful connections on my own because I’m on disability, but I’m taking every opportunity I can to make things happen. It’s time. I hope you agree.

rudeesade
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@LanaEqualityPhillips Bravo on your mission in general and spitting in the face of so many obstacles to get there. Just hit your Facebook group with a bunch o’ nonprofit related resources that may be helpful as you get rolling. Keep me updated as you grow, seriously.

rudeesade
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@LanaEqualityPhillips Bravo on your mission in general and spitting in the face of so many obstacles to get there. Just hit your Facebook with a bunch o’ nonprofit related resources that may be helpful as you get rolling. Keep me updated as you grow, seriously.

rudeesade
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@LanaEqualityPhillips Bravo on your mission in general and spitting in the face of so many obstacles to get there. Just hit your Facebook with a bunch o’ related resources that may be helpful as you get rolling. Keep me updated as you grow, seriously.

LanaEqualityPhillips
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@rudeesade

Thank you so much. I didn’t find anything on my Facebook, but I’d love to hear more. I think you and I need to pull something off together as well. You can find me on Facebook at @LanaEqualityPhillips , @lanaphillips on Twitter, Facebook page @The Sad Cafe, or http://thesadcafecommunity.wordpress.com.

LanaEqualityPhillips
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Resources are ALWAYS welcome!

LanaEqualityPhillips
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@rudeesade

Resources are ALWAYS welcome!!!

rudeesade
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@LanaEqualityPhillips Hey Lana, Check your messages tab. Sometimes messages from people you aren’t Facebook friends with yet end up in this folder called ‘Other’. Consider yourself Twitter followed :)

KristyHansen
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For a very long time I’ve known that I am not meant to do what others tell me to do or expect of me. My natural instinct is to do the opposite of what is expected. This has caused some pain for my loved ones who had great expectations. I do not regret the choices that I have made; I do wish to correct them, however. As of right now I work at a job that leaves me feeling pointless and even feeling negative about the people I am surrounded by. I know that this world has an endless amount… Read more »
DaniW
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I always had the problem that I never knew what my PASSION in life is. Therefor I’m studying a carreer I hate. I’m living a good life though, but my fear to live a life doing something I don’t like or even hate, is poisoning my brain. However, a few weeks ago I learned from a good book the difference between happiness from pleasure, passion and purpose. I obviously know what gives me pleasure: music, films, nature and most of the little things in life. My PURPOSE in life, is my personal contribution to the world. I want to make… Read more »
anddsmit
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I think that Trailblazer can help me get paid for who I am by helping me creating a ‘focal’ point in my activites. I just finished graduate school, am saddled with student loan debt, and my stomach turns when I think of going back to corporate. I’ve already had 1 successful career in IT in NYC, left it to return to grad school for public health, and now am looking at how I can share my unique perspective and talents with the world and help other people (while still being able to pay my bills). Lots of ideas are rolling… Read more »
anddsmit
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I posted this to my FB wall early today during a period of clarity. Maybe others will find it useful:Dreaming —-> What the uninspired call it when you believe in your ability to do the ‘impossible’.Passion ——-> What is missing, yet not even missed, by most people in their life.Inspiration —-> The free, boundless energy that comes from deep conviction and belief in something.Creating —–> The time and energy that those who live an average, predicable life frequently believe is unproductive and wasteful. Doing ——–> The step many people forget to complete, yet without it, nothing occurs. Tomorrow ——> The… Read more »
ghightower
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I’m 53…time is short…I’ve made time short…and I now accept that. I’ve been living up to other’s expectations. I have a voice…I have creativity..I have drive…I have passion…now is the time…now is my time to make a difference.

…nothing will stop me.

Rebecca Scott
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@ghightower i wish you great success.

anddsmit
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I posted this on my Facebook wall earlier to during a moment of clarity. Maybe others will find it helpful: –> What the uninspired call it when you believe in your ability to do the ‘impossible’, –> What is missing, yet not even missed, by most people in their life, –> The free, boundless energy that comes from deep conviction and belief in something, –> The time and energy that those who live an average, predicable life frequently believe is unproductive and wasteful, –> The step many people forget to complete, yet without it, nothing occurs, –> The time-frame when… Read more »
anddsmit
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I posted this on my Facebook wall earlier today, maybe others will find it helpful:Dreaming —-> What the uninspired call it when you believe in your ability to do the ‘impossible’. Passion ——-> What is missing, yet not even missed, by most people in their life.Inspiration —-> The free, boundless energy that comes from deep conviction and belief in something. Creating —–> The time and energy that those who live an average, predicable life frequently believe is unproductive and wasteful. Doing ——–> The step many people forget to complete, yet without it, nothing occurs. Tomorrow ——> The time-frame when many… Read more »
CrystalsQuest
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I want 2012 to be the year I have no regrets and fall asleep at night knowing I’ve pushed myself to make a difference and achieve my full potential. Just in case ;-) It’s time to give up ‘working for the man’ and start down my own path. So, I’m taking action. Why I want ‘Trailblazer’ is so I can connect with a circle of like minded people who can help me keep the passion fires burning when the ‘voices of reason’ around me start trying to drown me in their worldview. So, I’ve identified a ‘sweet spot’ where there’s… Read more »
rudeesade
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@CrystalsQuest Bravo. Flaming, glittering bravo. You’ve got half the battle won, don’t let anyone dissuade you for a second. Biz experience, viable + clear (!) value addition in your product…you know that I know that you know there’s a gold in them there hills. Are you aware of Pam Slim over at Escape Cubicle Nation? Her content is dead on for your goals and your vibe seems like a nice fit with her style. As the kids say, Get. It. Done, so thrilled about what you’re onto.

rudeesade
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@CrystalsQuest Bravo. Flaming, glittering bravo. You’ve got half the battle won, don’t let anyone dissuade you for a second. Biz experience, viable + clear (!) value addition in your product…you know that I know that you know there’s gold in them there hills. Are you aware of Pam Slim over at Escape Cubicle Nation? Her content is dead on and your vibe seems like a nice fit with her style. As the kids say, Get. It. Done, so thrilled about what you’re onto.

CrystalsQuest
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@rudeesade Thank you! Appreciate the support – and you know that I know that you know that it’s worth more than gold!!! ;-)

Hadn’t heard of Pam, but will definitely head over and check it out.

PS You’re already hitting your goals and spreading the love, I see, right here! Best of luck to you, and I vote for the chicken suit dance to be to “eye of the tiger” – and in character!

kimjameson
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“Trailblazer: How I’m going to blaze my own trail in 2012” I have a toolbox filled with all sorts of tools, but need help with lining up my instruments and building my compass. Under “Jill of all trades….of none” is my picture. I’m probably unlike most of your posse, as I’ve navigated roles many may not have (yet) – room mother, soccer/cheerleader/band mom….you get the picture. While I certainly found those rewarding at the time and the skills I practiced have served me since, I can’t get too far down any road, it seems. Funny, I’m sought out by friends… Read more »
rudeesade
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@kimjameson Digging the toolbox analogy.If you’re up for it, let’s see how we can support eachother + maybe cross-pollenate? Events straddling the business/nonprofit continuum is precisely the racket I’m in right now. I’ve ust hit you up on Google+, would love to connect.

http://www.rudeesade.com

Natasha Smith
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I’m already a trailblazer, but I feel like I’ve lost my headlamp. Seven months out of college, I’m focused on getting my life together one step at a time. I need a support group, a guide, and the tools to create my path, which I know Trailblazer will provide. I’ve discovered one passion, writing plays, and I’m going to keep doing that. In the meantime, I want to forge a lifestyle business that will enable me to keep doing what I love (without being shoved into a dead-end job just so I can survive). I’m strong, capable, and creative, but… Read more »
rudeesade
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@Natasha Smith Girl…I feel you. Tremendously. “Lost headlamp”? Best description ever. One piece at a time is definitely the key. You sound like a prime candidate for some Forleo love. Marie Forleo to be precise. Dig on her stuff, deeply. It seems like you’d seriously rock out with that community. Bon chance. Keep me posted on what you create!

rudeesade
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@Natasha Smith Also, this might charge the batteries a bit (I cannot stress enough how deeply I feel you on the headlamp…) http://unicornsforsocialism.com/2012/01/10/this-is-whats-possible/

flashmech
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While doing housekeeping on my computer late last December, I stumbled upon an eBook which I downloaded some time ago. Since I yearned for nothing less than a breakthrough in my life, I thought I gave “The Zero Hour Workweek” a read. No regrets. The book left me inspired thoroughly to do the things that I am truly passionate about, with the ideal that I will be paid for it. I paused. “Can I _really_ do that?” Earnestly, I sought God’s direction and will for my life. The entire testimony may be too long to share, but suffice to say,… Read more »
rudeesade
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@flashmech What’s the target demo of your nonprofit? I’ve just shot some resources over @ your website email that might be useful. Heard of Naomi Dunford? She’s a pro with small business messaging to get out there and rally the proverbial troops. You’d dig her content. Her biggest recommendation? Keep your day job as long as you can. Midnight hours = better than the strain of betting it all on a idea that’s still becoming concrete. Keep the faith.

rudeesade
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@flashmech What’s the target demo of your nonprofit? I’ve just shot some resources over @ your website email that might be useful. Heard of Naomi Dunford? She’s a pro with small business messaging to get out there and rally the proverbial troops. You’d dig her content. Her biggest recommendation? Keep your day job as long as you can *plus* kick your passions into gear. It’s double duty and midnight hours but you save yourself the strain of betting it all on a idea that’s still becoming concrete. Especially with a family in mind. Keep the faith. You’re in the right… Read more »
flashmech
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@rudeesade Thanks for your advice! I got the email that you had sent me. :) I don’t have an exact day job to begin with. What I had been doing is freelance web development, which I can’t possibly keep while doing this new endeavour because of the nature of the industry—last minute rush. The life I was slogging before was already double duty and midnight hours in a sense, making me far too tired to work on much else.My passion is definitely into gear. I’m currently building up my website and will post content up soon. I’m so excited about… Read more »
LanaEqualityPhillips
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@flashmech I’m in the nonprofit world and would love to hear more about what you’re doing. I’m looking at the whole finance vs. saving the world kind of thing, and have absolutely zero idea too, but maybe we could bounce thoughts off each other or share resources that we’ve found. Is passion really enough? I guess we’ll find out…..

flashmech
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@LanaEqualityPhillips Hi there! When it boils down, it’s really a simple blog. What I’m trying to do, as I mentioned it’s a calling from God, is to detail my adventure, thoughts, and analysis in His Word. It’s really not so much of a business, but as you say, I’m hoping that it will save the world. One may be skeptical, but God said it will meet the needs of young people. The reason why I hope to win the Trailblazer course is because I think passion alone may not be enough too. I need real guidance to steer forward, to… Read more »

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