Career Destiny Success Stories
1. How Brandon found his fortune in Costa Rica
A career change success story. Brandon was a partner in a successful construction
business in Georgia, but wasn’t enjoying himself in the rat race of the declining Atlanta area real estate development industry. He was also in the process of finalizing a divorce and just really needed a change.
He was at a point were he had was financially able to try something new without starving. After going through the 4 factors of an optimal career, and defining his career purpose, he then set up career goals in Section 2 of CareerPlan Pro – Career Goals Project Manager. He determined Real Estate was still a business he loved. He also discovered his optimal community was in tropical weather. He developed goals to enjoy the Real estate business, but in a tropical climate. He researched his possibilities, and is now successful – again – in Costa Rica in Real Estate sales in less than a year. He just emailed me to thank me “Thanks for helping me clarify and set goals, Larry. Not only am I loving it in Costa Rica, I met a lovely lady and am now happily engaged and planning on a new family.” Brandon’s case study reveals what I see often: you are sure about two or three of the 4 factors of an optimal career, and just need to identify and focus on the one factor that you have a blind spot in, to make your breakthrough.
2. How a college grad named Jessica turned her business administration degree into a gourmet food career:
Many college graduates are faced with in a job market that simply doesn’t have a job in their chosen career field. A college graduate in St Louis area named Jessica faced this same problem. Her college degree in business administration opened up a few corporate management opportunities in the 2012 job market. She was very frustrated, and her friends were having the same problems. Jessica ordered my Define Your Career eBook along with 2 coaching consults. During our second consult, we played a little game called “mix and match” that I had learned from Fredric Lehrman’s program called Prosperity Consciousness. We took the self-assessment exercises she had done in Define Your Career, and listed her talents, what community she enjoyed, and other lists and wrote each one on a sticky note. Jessica then put them all in a jar and shook it up.
She then picked two slips at a time, to generate a list of paired words. Music and ice cream was one pair. Didn’t see what she could do with that one. Then Gourmet Food and Sales were paired,
and the light bulb in her mind lit up. She excitedly began to form a business plan in her mind right then and there. Four months later, she emailed me to tell me “I’m generating almost $600 a week in profit from this business venture out of my parent’s home and I’m planning to build a website to grow it even larger!” Jessica’s case study success story reveals how you never know what career you will define – or how – till you go through the process and give it a creative try. She defined her talents, and the other three factors of an optimal career, and used them as the raw
material to build a path to her optimal business, gourmet food.
3. How Michael resolved his nursing career midlife career crisis:
Another client, Michael, was in nursing for 21 years, working as LPN. He was at a point where he was undecided whether to go for his RN degree, so he could move up the ladder to higher pay and a chance to become a supervisor, or just finish out a few more years and retire. He went through the Define Your Career self-assessment program and verified yes, he was working in the right community, with the right audience, using his skills in what he was interested in. The only question was if his values had changed. We went over his values and beliefs assessments together and clarified his current career values. This led him to confirm – for sure – that nursing was indeed his life’s passion. He later told me “The Define Your Career process gave me the peace of mind to enroll in the advanced nursing degree and brace myself for the tough board entrance exams. I am confident it’s the right career path for me.” He ended up finishing his studies for his RN designation, passed his exam in 2012, and has renewed his enthusiasm for his chosen career. You can do it too.
4. The story of Grace’s Creations. A $15,000 a year sewing hobby:
A single mom in Ohio, struggling to make ends meet as a customer service clerk, went through CareerPlan Pro, but was frustrated about her results that showed her optimal career would be after-care and physical therapy for patients recovering from surgeries and injuries. She did not speak good English, having come from the Dominican Republic as an adult, and only had a GED High School diploma. A college degree was impossible for her to manage at this point, and with a hungry teenager to take care of, she couldn’t see a solution. We spoke at length for 3 consults, where the discussion turned to what other skills or hobbies she enjoyed that she could leverage. Turned out, since she didn’t have a lot of money to go out, she would watch TV and sew her own clothes, including dresses, pants, blouses, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, etc. She didn’t think she could sell clothes she made, but she thought she could do well with pillows and curtains, which were fast and easy. We hatched an Action Plan for her to contact interior designers with her custom made curtains and pillows. Within 2 months of following the Define Your Career Action Plan, she had as much business as she could handle, earning an average of $300 extra per week in her little side
business, that she named Grace’s Creations. I haven’t heard from Grace recently, but I’m sure she’ll soon be able to attain her dream of taking English classes and going to a Community college to be a medical assistant. If nothing else, she raised her standard of living by $15,000 a year doing something she enjoys and that is making many homes in Ohio a lot more beautiful.
5. How Emily satisfied her travel passion and got a raise at the same time:
A recent client, we’ll call her Emily, found her career and personal purpose by combining two of her loves. It is instructive on what is possible for you. Emily was stuck in a well paying, but non-satisfying 9 to 5 job as a psychology professional at a large state-run NJ institution. She was truly fed up with her job. She enjoyed working with patients, but it just did not satisfy her to be stuck in an office all day, in a regimented Government institution, with a bossy manager. What to do? She ordered my three-week CareerPlan Pro program in July 2009 and a week later, after
completing the assessment portion, Define Your Career, she contacted me for her first coaching session to help her put her career purpose into action. We looked at each of the four factors of a defined career together. There was no question that she was clear about her values and her talents. Where she was not meeting her needs were her interests. For example, she was very involved with traveling with her Church Community, having served in Africa in the 1990s.
She traveled through several countries doing the work of her church ministries for 3 years. Emily absolutely loved travel, and there was never a conversation with her, where her passion for travel was not expressed. Once I got over my surprise that she wanted to leave a flexible, $70,000 a year job, I was able to understand how badly she wanted to transition out of her current career to be in a career where she and her family could be involved with travel. We brainstormed for a half hour and came up with a bunch of combinations of talents and passions that would work best. We didn’t come up with a specific solution, so I ended our conversation and made a recommendation. I told her to look at her Intentions before going to sleep, and let her subconscious work on them while she slept. She was due to go to Florida for a family vacation the following week. It was one of those vacations where you sit in for a 2-hour time-share presentation in return for free 3-day stay at a resort. So we set an appointment to talk again in three weeks.
On her return from her vacation, she called me ecstatic and filled with joy. “Larry, it’s amazing! While I was on vacation in Florida, I received a job offer from the time-share company to be in travel marketing!” She was due to leave NJ in time to register the kids for school in Florida. Last October she emailed me from Naples, Florida. She and her 2 children were happily enjoying their new life in Florida, and she was already planning to travel to 2 countries in South America next spring. And her income level actually had increased by about $10,000 per year. It was truly a win-win for her, she was able to escape her cubicle hell" and do what she loved most for a living: pursue her passion for travel. By going through the 4 factors of her optimal career in the Define Your Career process, then brainstorming the results, we were able to completely turn around Emily’s life from one of a hum-drum bore to a life of joy, prosperity and working with her ideal community – the travel industry.