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From Acting to Coaching with Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward helps creative women build businesses and do work they love. She didn’t always have this career goal in mind. Her younger years were spent in pursuit of one thing: theater. But she eventually got to the point when she needed to make a change. That eventually lead her to where she is today. And she’s really good at what she does.
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How Mindset Changes Everything with Caitlin Pyle

Like many of us, Caitlin Pyle started a very important journey in her life in an unexpected way.  She lost her job.  As with every great story, it always begin with an inciting incident.  This was Caitlin’s.

What happened next is what matters the most: she took what she knew, leaned into it, and scaled up, and up, and up.

Today Caitlin is a tremendously successful online entrepreneur, blogger, podcaster.  She’s the founder of Proofread Anywhere, the Work at Home School, which I was lucky to be a part of, Work at home Heros, and so much more.

My conversation with Caitlin was exactly what I needed.  If I were to summarize our conversation in one word it’s mindset. Mindset.  Mindset.

Caitlin shares some of the major shifts in mindset that allowed her to go from where she was to where she is today, and invites us all to redefine ourselves, our work, and what we think is possible for us.

This is a show that I will be going back to and listening in again.  It’s that important.  You’re in for a treat!
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What Happens if You Accept Responsibility Even When You Don’t Have to?

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“Everyone leaves me!  It’s not my fault.”

I had a friend who was so committed to powerlessness and playing the victim that his life fell apart.  These words came in a desperate and defiant moment, as I was trying to help him see this.  His actions toward a few people in his life were damaging and hurtful, yet he was blind to the effects of his action.  All he could see was his own hurt and what others had done to him.

Eventually, his marriage and many of his friendships fell apart.  His response was the same, “This is always what happens to me!  Everyone leaves.”

It was a mess.

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Why Failure is Necessary

Suspenseful movies aren’t my first choice, but I enjoy a good one now and then.

I remember the first time I saw M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Signs, back in college. In the early 2000’s Shyamalan was a master of suspense. He knew how to use your fear against you. I have no idea what I’d think of the movie today, but I remember being on the edge of my seat. There were these Aliens in the movie that were attacking people. It was really scary!

Until you saw the creature. I remember thinking, “well… that thing is kind of silly looking” And the movie lost its edge.

Up until that point, the monsters were always off screen— leaving their horror up to your imagination.

This is a trick that all good suspense films utilize: if the scary thing is off screen, the viewer’s imagination will inflate and magnify it. When you actually see and experience the thing, it’s not that bad.

Most of the fear we deal with has to do with some version of failure. We have a worst case scenario in our mind and at its worst, our fear makes us feel as though it will happen.

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