I had such a great time on The Today Show – it was wonderful to tell my son Mercer’s story and inspire others to make the small changes that make a big difference. In case you missed it: WATCH MY TODAY SHOW APPEARANCE HERE.
The experience reminded me of how life is more than just career. It’s why I make sure in my coaching practice to cover a full spectrum of eight elements when I help clients define their ideals. Making a great living doesn’t just cover the skills you have or the experiences on your resume, it’s about the lifestyle you need to be happy and healthy. It’s about making the contribution that only your unique set of interests, talents and values can provide to the world.
It is because I managed my career to fit my life that I was able to be there for Mercer when he really needed me. You too can have a career that enables the lifestyle you want. You don’t need to be rich to do what you want to do. You just have to start now by making conscious choices to do what you know is right for you, even when others don’t understand. It might be hard or scary to follow your heart but its the difference between those who do what they really want in this world and those who wish they had.
I learned this important lesson when I interviewed Deepak Chopra. A conscious, albeit unpopular choice made him the successful and influential author and speaker he is today. Listen to my podcast with more of Deepak’s story & why you don’t need to win the lottery to do what you want.
Now that I have Mercer, I see everyday how there’s more to life than work. Many of you may not know that I enjoy singing and even performed in my own Off-Broadyway cabaret show called “Follow Your Dreams.” Recently, I got back on stage and gave a performance in the Florida Keys. It took courage but after the first few notes, I remembered how much more the fun outweighed the fear.
Don’t worry I’ll still be giving career advice. In fact, my how to interview video is my top rated video on my YouTube channel with over two million hits. My singing video has just a few less. 🙂 I just wanted to remind you that making a great and sustainable living is more about getting paid to be you than it is about selling your soul for a paycheck.
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” –Alan Alda
Always follow your dreams!