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Recently I found myself nearly defeated by a small box of Parmesan.

There was nothing particularly unusual about the box, but for the life of me, I could not figure out how to open it.  I tried every mechanism I could think of and was just about to take a long, sharp knife to the thing when I saw it.

It was a small, clear tab on top of the box, no larger than a pea.  I hadn’t noticed it because the design was unfamiliar.

One quick pull, and what previously had me at wit’s end now happened effortlessly.

And it struck me how often we see some problem in our lives as exasperatingly difficult when in fact the answer is not nearly as complicated as we imagine.

In fact, the answer is often right in front of us, but we can’t see it because it’s outside our normal models of how we view the world.

This is particularly true with career change.

I see a lot of people pushing, straining, contorting, trying to make a career work.  Frustrated and often emotionally exhausted, they either do something drastic (like taking a knife to it) or give-up and settle for less.

We can’t let that happen to you.

What 175 Clients Taught Me About Career Change

The question is: how do you get people to see their situation more clearly?  How do you teach them to step outside their traditional mental models of a career and find a new solution?

After watching 175 people go through the No Regrets Career Academy, some successfully and some not, I have some ideas about that.

Best of all, I’m going to share those ideas with you for free in a webinar tomorrow, October 24.  For example, we’ll talk about:

  • Why most people have the wrong goal for their career (and how to tell if you’ve got it right)
  • The vicious cycle that develops when fear eats away at your self-confidence–and how to stop it
  • The one element you MUST have to feel as successful as you look
  • The surprising reason some career changers succeed and others don’t
  • Creative ways to find new options, test-drive them, and get your foot in the door of a new career
  • The happiness economy … and how to be part of it
  • PLUS: we’ll work through one of the most powerful exercises in the course in real time

At the end of the webinar, I’ll tell you a little bit about the revamped No Regrets course that re-opens on Thursday after being closed for the last 7 months.  Not only that, but one lucky attendee will win a free scholarship! (must be present to win)

The webinar is going to be packed with information you can use, so even if you think the No Regrets Career Academy isn’t for you, come to the webinar anyway. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll get to see firsthand an awesome community of people who are trying to do the exact same thing you are. We’ll also have a Q&A session, so you get help on your career right away.

The webinar will be Wednesday, Oct 24, at 2 PM Pacific/5 PM Eastern/10 PM BST. To register, go here:


I know the timing is not convenient for everyone–I did the best I could to accommodate a world-wide audience. It may be a little inconvenient, but hey, for a career and life you love?

Unfortunately, this invite is going out to many more people than we have spots available.  So if you think you might want to attend, please register now.

I look forward to teaching you some incredible tips and tactics, taught to me by some of the smartest, most talented people I know: my clients.

P.S. Due to the special offers I’ll be making to those who attend this webinar, I won’t be providing a recording.  Sorry!  I’ll continue to offer my best insights and advice on the blog every week, so if you really can’t make it tomorrow, I’ll catch you next time.


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5 Responses to Webinar: Simple Solutions to Accelerate Your Dream Career

  1. Hmm, I get nervous when I hear words like “dream career.” There’s lots of evidence that many people don’t get anywhere near a “dream career” until they work incredibly hard at something and become really good at it.

    This was certainly the case for me. If you’d told me when I was 21-years-old that I would end up as a professional writer and writing coach I would have laughed in your face. There was nothing I HATED more than writing!

    Now, I have a job I love. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredibly hard work of learning to become a writer. This took me more than 15 years of slogging, difficult effort that was more or less the opposite of fun.

    I’m a big believer of Cal Newport’s theory that you don’t FIND your passion, instead, you create it.

    • Hey Daphne,
      I agree with you, hardly anyone gets anywhere close to a dream career without hard work. But ideally it’s work they enjoying doing from the beginning. I don’t think that becoming good at something will always result in an activity becoming a passion. In fact, most of my clients are already quite successful by traditional standards in their careers, but aren’t fulfilled. I don’t doubt that Cal’s theory works for some, but I don’t think it’s the only or even the best way of choosing a career. I also don’t like the implication that if you don’t like your career, you just haven’t worked hard enough towards mastery.

  2. Hello; for me my true passion wasn’t discovered until the slow failure of my previous job forced me to take a long hard look at my skills, talents, and resources. I decided that i should take my part time efforts at becoming an amusement equipment reseller full time. I finally filed for the domain name, started building the website, and made a more determined effort to gain new clients. Five years later I’m still not financially successful, but i can feel the sunshine on my face. I’ve had a few good sales, and right now I’m waiting on several others to close. so, yes your dream job is out there. It may even already be known to you you just need to listen to that small voice that says you deserve better. take care, max

    • Hey Max,
      Yeah, so many career changes are catalyzed by some trauma. My goal is to help people find something they love doing without the trauma. Thanks for adding your inspiring story!

  3. Wow, this is so true! That is exactly how I felt…(CRAZY/ EMOTIONAL/DEPRESSED) until I finally quit to follow my true passion, blogging!!!