Simple Life Strategies Increase your wellbeing with smart strategies from Sydney Life Coach Zoe B Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:05:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3 Myths About Following Your Passion Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:04:44 +0000

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Following your passion has to be one of the most misunderstood pieces of advice out there.

You’ve heard it all before right? Just follow your passion and before you know it, you’ll magically find your dream job!

Sounds a little, well, unrealistic doesn’t it?

That’s because it’s one loaded little statement, and one that is so misconstrued that I feel compelled to bust a few of the myths surrounding it.

So today, I’m going to share with you the three most common myths I see around this idea of ‘following your passion.’

Here goes…

MYTH #1: You only have one passion

This idea that we are all born to do ONE thing in our lives; that we have ONE, singular passion and we should know exactly what this is from birth; that we should all be as determined and focused as the Tiger Woods’ and the Richard Bransons’ of the world, who by the way, all knew exactly what their passion was from early childhood.

OK so let me set the record straight. This is absolute, utter nonsense.

Please, please, please, for the love of god, stop searching for ONE passion because here’s the news flash:

Not all of us have ONE passion.

That’s right.

Only the chosen few have this ONE thing that they were born to do (and to be honest, I’m even skeptical that they only have one thing).

Here’s the truth:

There are multiple ways in which you can express your passions. And yes I said passions – because some of us (most of us in-fact) will likely have more than one passion.

So, you may have three or four things that you are passionate about, but HOW you express those things, is ultimately up to you. I’ll give you an example. One of my passions is Strategy. I like to think strategically, I like to create strategic plans and I find it easy to take large amounts of information and distill it into easy to follow steps or processes.

Initially, this passion was played out in my role as a strategist in the Advertising world. I would consume a brief about a client’s product, digest a tonne of information and then come up with a marketing strategy based on that client’s objectives. That is just ONE way in which I utilized that passion.

Fast forward a few years and I’m using that skill in a very different way. I now use it to help people find and do work that they love. But, it’s the same passion. Instead of solving a marketing brief, I used my strategic skills to digest a tonne of information about what it takes to find your dream career and turned it into a step-by-step program.

So, I’m ultimately harnessing the same passion, just in two very different roles. And by the way this is not my only passion, oh no. Let’s take my love of writing as another example. I have always loved to write, and yet again this passion has shown up in multiple ways throughout my multiple careers.

First up, in my degree, I loved to explore this passion in my coursework – I loved nothing more than writing my 17,000 academic dissertation paper (yes I’m a super geek). Move on to my advertising career, and I drew on this passion through writing strategies and proposals as-well as launching a company blog. Move onto my current career, and I have seen my writing passion come to life in my blog articles, as-well as the marketing copy I write for my business, not to mention the training materials I created for my Find a New Career in 30 Days Program.

So there you can see how multiple passions can come through in different roles and it’s not always as straightforward as that either. I’ve had students who have had a passion in ‘building relationships’ move from a corporate sales role into a coaching role; both of which require an ability to build solid relationships with people. Two very different careers: One passion.

The point is, don’t let an out-dated view of having ONE singular passion block you from finding and doing work that you love, because for you, there may be multiple ways in which you express your passion, AND you may also have multiple passions (you can read more about being multi-passionate here).

MYTH #2: Following your passion means risking everything!

This one really gets me. Because it keeps SO MANY PEOPLE stuck in jobs that they hate.

There is this misperception that in order to follow your passion, you must leap off the cliff, quit your job and start completely from scratch.

Now this is a very scary thought, no?

Hence why it’s so dangerous.

The reality is, you have to do nothing of the sort.

Most career changes happen in a very gradual way.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

That means, you can often commence your change career while still staying in your current employment!

AHA moment or what?

I’m not sure if Hollywood is to blame for this or not, but it really doesn’t have to be this big dramatic thing where you walk out of your job and put everything on the line to follow your passion.

Oh no. It can be very, very, slowly, slowly, catchy monkey, if you know what I mean.

And alot of the students I work with, end up slowly transitioning from one career into the next, because this gives them the time they need to explore if this really is the right option for them. Plus it allows them to maintain their financial security and obligations.

So next time you tell yourself that it’s too scary to change careers, know that it’s only as scary as you make it. And you CAN do it in a very safe way.

MYTH #3: You can’t make money off your passion

This is one is just a lie.

And yet I hear it ALL.THE.TIME.

The thing that astounds me about this myth, is that there is so much evidence that proves it to be completely false.

I mean, how many people are there out there who are making money off their passion? Tonnes? Thousands at least!

And the truth is, if other people can do it, then so can you.

It’s just a case of finding your zone of genius and bringing it to life in your next career; because this is where the magic happens.

And if you look at the most successful businesses, most of them started out as hobby-businesses. These were passions that people explored on the side, because they enjoyed them so much and they ended up making money as a by-product.

Money does tend to follow passion.

I’m not saying you can absolutely make money off anything (like sitting on your couch watching Oprah will make you money), because that would be inept of me. But what I am saying is that, if you have something that you’re really passionate about, that you are genuinely talented at, then there’s a strong chance you can monetize it in some way.

So there you have it, three common myths dispelled about following your passion!

I’d love to hear which one resonated the most with you and why? Tell me in the comments below?

Know someone who wants to follow their passion, but is stuck on one of these myths? Enlighten them with this article!

With love
Zoe B


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How A Bridging Job Can Help You Find your Dream Career Wed, 05 Oct 2016 05:33:11 +0000

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Often the road to an entirely new career is not straightforward.

While we may dream of a seamless transition, the reality is it can take some time to move across from an old career into a brand new one that you love.

One of the major obstacles that I see stopping people from transitioning at all (and staying stuck in a career rut), is a fear that they won’t get paid enough.

There’s an assumption that seeing as we’re going back to the drawing board, we’ll have to go back to earning a pittance, or even into debt, until we work our way up the ladder and get more experience.

And I understand why this fear can really take a hold of you, because you know, you got bills to pay, a lifestyle to support and some of us even have a family to take care of.

I mean the last thing we want to do is let everybody down just because we’re following our passion right?

The good new is, there are ways to ensure you can follow your dreams AND still get paid enough as you transition.

One of those ways is to get yourself what is known as a bridging job.

A bridging job is a temporary, low-pressure job that will give you the security to make all of your essential financial commitments, while you either transition across into your dream career, or while you explore other potential career options.

So whether you already know exactly what you want to do and its simply a matter of making the move, or you want to spend a bit of time exploring a few different career ideas – a bridging job will help to take the pressure off and give you the space you need to find some answers.

My Bridging Jobs…

I myself had multiple bridging jobs when I was transitioning out of my corporate career and launching my own dream business.

I did an 8 month stint working as a technical writer for a big bank…I did some small business marketing consulting for a while…and I even did hands on Reiki energy healing for a time, all while I slowly built up my own dream business on the side.

The amazing thing about having a bridging job, is that it frees you from any mental stress that could otherwise be blocking you around not making enough money to pay your bills, and it provides you with the space you need to focus on your dreams (usually because bridging jobs are not too stressful or high-pressured).

If you’re looking to get into a whole new industry, then a bridging job could give you the time and space required to offer your skills up for free or to work in an internship and see if that new career really is for you. It also gives you the time to start building up your experience in a field that you love, while still meeting your financial obligations.

In all honestly, I really enjoyed the contrast of having more than one job at a time. It often gave me a fresh perspective, and stopped me from getting bored from doing just one role. Some people even decide to keep two jobs on a permanent basis (you can read more about the relatively new phenomenon of multiple careers here).

How to know if you need a bridging job? 4 questions to ask:

• Are you so busy in your current job that you work late hours and get back too exhausted to do anything but relax?
• Is your current job very stressful and demanding?
• Does your current job leave little room for you to focus on a side project or passion project?
• Are you so deeply unhappy in your current job that it’s draining you of your energy and making you lack in motivation to find anything else?

If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, then a bridging job could be a good idea for you. If however, you feel like you’re current job already gives you the freedom you need to find something new, or if you’re the kind of person who thrives under pressure and has plenty of savings for a career transition, then maybe you don’t need a bridging job after-all.

5 examples of great bridging jobs:

1. Simply go part time or reduce your hours in your current role. It’s always worth asking your boss if going part time is an option (or even dropping down to 4 days a week). Worried they‘ll know you’re up to something? Simply say you would like to have more work / life balance in your life and spend more time with your family and they won’t suspect a thing!

2. Look for a new part time job in your existing industry. If your current employer is not open to reducing your hours, then simply look for a new part time role in your existing industry but at a different company. If its hard to find part time roles in your industry then another option you have is to go for a new full time role, and then negotiate it down to 4 days during the interview process. If you take this route, it’s best not to ask for 4 days until you know they want you and you have some leverage (ie once you’ve almost closed the deal).

3. Do some freelance consulting. If you have been in a career for a long time, chances are you can probably consult in this field pretty easily. You already have the experience and often its simply a matter of telling people in your network that you’re available for hire and you can make some fast cash on the side. I did this when I was transitioning by offering my marketing skills as a consultant. People were always asking me for marketing help so it was easy to find small business owners who wanted to hire me based on my corporate experience.

4. Ask people in your network for a job. Often it’s easier to get work (when you have no experience) from those who already know and trust you. For example, I had a friend who worked in a bank and I knew she was looking to hire a technical writer. I had zero experience working for banks and had never done a technical writing gig in my life, but she knew that I had general writing skills and she trusted that I was intelligent enough to work it out, so I got the gig. Don’t’ be shy to ask friends and family if they have any temporary, part time work that they could give you.

5. Take a low responsibility role. If you really want to take the pressure right off and are just looking for something to cover your minimum costs then you might also want to consider a low responsibility shift job. Many people find that by taking short term, shift work in retail or hospitality, it allows them to clock in and clock out, so they can really focus everything else on their transition and finding the job of their dreams.

But what will everyone think if I take a step down with a bridging job?

I get it. In some ways it can feel like you’re taking a huge step backwards by getting a bridge job – but this is where you need to focus on the BIG PICTURE.

Your bridging job is only temporary – in-fact think of it as your investor (when I worked for the Bank in an industry that was so not aligned to me, I used to get by by telling myself the Bank was my investor!).

Believe me, at first people may wonder what you’re up to, but at some point down the track once you’ve made it in your absolute dream career, those very same people will be patting you on the back and asking to take you out and pick your brains so they too can find their dream career.

And if it makes you feel any better, you never have to put your bridging job on your CV. It doesn’t really even have to exist!

10 Celebrities who had bridging jobs before they got famous

Just so you know you’re not alone, I’ve dug up a few stellar examples of celebrities who all had less than glamorous bridging jobs before they made it big time!

  • Brad Pitt danced in the streets in a chicken suit for El Pollo Loco
  • Jonny Depp used to sell pens over the phone
  • Jennifer Aniston did a stint as a Telemarketer
  • Madonna was once a cashier at Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Hugh Jackman used to be hired as a clown at kids parties
  • Rachel McAdams sold burgers & fries at Macdonalds
  • Ashton Kutcher swept cereal dust at a General Mills factory
  • George Clooney worked on a tobacco farm
  • Jon Bon Jovi used to work as a janitor
  • Rod Stewart worked as a grave digger

So think of it as paying your dues…your bridging job holds the key to your future career success…so so what are you waiting for?

Know someone who needs a bridging job (but doesn’t know it?) Share this article with them!

With love
Zoe B




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What to Do When You Can’t Find a Career That Ticks All The Boxes? Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:23:51 +0000

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So you’ve been trying to figure out your dream career for a while now and yet you just keep getting stuck?

Maybe you have an idea of what you want, it’s just that you can’t find ONE job or career that covers EVERYTHING!

There always seems to be a trade off…or something missing.

Maybe you have plenty of passions but you know that realistically they don’t meet the financial rewards that you’re looking for?

Maybe you have careers you’d love to go for, but you’re not up for going back to school and studying for three or four years?

Or maybe you have LOTS of careers where you like some parts of the role, but not all of it?

Confusing isn’t it?

If this sounds like you then there are a couple of roads you can take.

1. Multiple Careers

The first is to go for multiple careers instead of one.

What does this mean? Well it literally means that instead of having one, full time career, you do have the option to have two (or even more) part time careers.

This is a relatively new phenomenon, but one I’ve seen becoming more and more popular.

One of the benefits of having multiple careers, is that instead of trying to find one perfect career to meet all of your needs, you simply find two or more careers that cover everything.

So for example, if you’re super passionate about something that doesn’t necessarily pay very much (and wealth is important to you), then why not explore this passion part time or on weekends, while you work in another high paying role for the rest of the time?

When I was transitioning into my dream career, I had multiple careers for a while. I spent 3 days working in my advertising & marketing business while I started to build up my career coaching business.

The funny thing is – I remember really loving this combination! It meant that I had the financial security I craved from my advertising career but I also had the creative license to pursue something that I was truly passionate about.

The other thing I found rewarding about multiple careers is that, because you’re only doing something for 2-3 days – the frustrations that are often associated with that career in a full time role are less present.

This is because it’s less compounded when you’re only ever doing something for two or three days a week.

So if you have a career that has traditionally been in a full time capacity, that maybe you found fairly frustrating, then don’t discount trying this part time to see if it feels different when you have more space and time to focus on other things that you are passionate about.

2. Create your own career

The other option you have if you just can’t find a job or career that ticks ALL the boxes, is to create it yourself.

I guess this is kind of what I ended up doing in the end and it falls under the more entrepreneurial of the two options.

If you look at how entrepreneurs live, they are very rarely doing just one job, they’re usually wearing lots of hats (probably because many entrepreneurs are multi-passionate – you can read more about what it means to be multi passionate >>here).

The great thing about creating your own career is that you can design it exactly how you want.

Obviously sometimes there does need to be a bit of give and take, but when you’re creating your own entrepreneurial start up or freelance business, you always have the option to outsource those things that you don’t like doing.

A word of warning – if you don’t have a huge amount of capitol to invest initially then this may mean you have to do some things you don’t enjoy at the beginning until you get things off the ground, but know that down the track you have the option to outsource these things later on.

When I was setting up my own entrepreneurial business I was very clear that I didn’t want to get too heavily involved in the numbers side of things, and so I outsourced this to my husband pretty early on. Luckily for me, those spreadsheets that used to give me headaches from looking at them, are his absolute favourite thing to do in the world, so it worked out for everyone ☺

Another area I knew I didn’t want to focus too heavily on was the tech side of my business. As an online course creator, there is a fair bit of tech involved let me tell you! So this was the first thing I outsourced when I could afford it. And now I have someone on my books whose job it is to purely manage and fix all tech problems and this is just makes me SO HAPPY.

I guess the thing is, if I’d originally looked at my business and these aspects that I don’t love, then this could have stopped me pursuing something that is actually perfect for me.

Saying that, it was very clear that 80% of my business was VERY aligned to me: I just LOVED creating the program content, was obsessed with my subject matter of helping others to find their dream careers and loved writing for my blog. My background in marketing also helped a lot when it came to figuring out how to promote my business.

So if you do decide to go down this route, be sure to look ahead a little and notice which elements you could outsource down the track.

Regardless of which route you take, there’s one thing I know for sure and it’s this: there is always a way.

You’re dream career does exist; either it’s already out there (maybe in multiple careers) or maybe its patiently waiting to be created by yours truly.

So don’t waste another second my friend. Life is short. Get out there!

Tell me – which of these two routes resonated best with you? I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂

With love

Zoe B

PS: Want a helping hand to find and do work you love? Join my free online Masterclass: Find a New Career in 30 Days. Register >>here.






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Don’t Make This Mistake in Your Career Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:38:19 +0000

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I’ve had a fair few careers in my time. Maybe you have too?

I once worked as a silver service waitress. I distinctly remember pouring piping hot gravy on a customers lap by mistake once. Damn was he not happy with me.

Another time I did door-to-door sales when I was backpacking in Australia…got called every name under the sun and had plenty of doors slammed in my face!

And then there was that time I did grape picking and got fired after 2 days! Ah the things we do eh.

It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do with my career, but all the while there were clues. Little nuggets I learned from each job.

I have to say though, one of the biggest AHA moments I had was this:

If it’s an effort to fit in, then this probably isn’t the one for you honey (your dream job I mean).

If I look back at all the jobs I totally sucked at, I can clearly see this pattern – I always felt like I had to try to fit in; it was an effort.

This was definitely the case with Advertising – I mean there were elements where I fitted in…I always gelled with the creatives, but in the boardroom? I was like a fish out of water there. I always felt on edge. The whole corporate life was just never really ME.

And I guess this is the point – when something IS you – you just know it.

Can I tell you what I love most about my business now?

I get to work in my yoga gear…or pajamas…or bikini (which is what I’m wearing right now as I type this in sunny Bali).

I get to work from wherever the hell I want (aka Poolside in Bali).

I get to work the hours I want (if I’m not feeling it, I’ll take a break and watch Netflix for a bit).

And all of this just feels so natural to me!

I never liked hiking in to work in 6 inch heels and tight fitting office attire.

I never liked being chained to a desk for 10 hours a day, not able to move my body around at all.

I never liked having to work from an office 24/7, it just felt constrictive to me.

And all of these things I never liked were signals that this just wasn’t the place for me. I’m way more comfortable in a pair of yoga leggings and flip flops.

Now that makes me feel FREE!

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that you have to listen to those little nuggets when you get them. And don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of people who absolutely LOVE all of those things that I hate.

Some people get off presenting to 12 people in a boardroom! Some people just love getting dressed up to go to work and the buzz of the commute.

There really is no right or wrong answer, only what’s right for YOU.

But look out for those little moments where you feel like a fish out of water.

As Einstein once said:

“Everyone is Genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it would spend it’s whole life believing it was stupid.”

Whenever my husband tries to explain the numbers of my business to me, I always jokingly say: “I’m like the fish trying to climb a tree!”.

Ie. This is NOT my zone of genius, Numbers is not where I fit in. I feel like I’m in another country and don’t know the language! Better to leave that to someone else.

So know this. If you feel like you don’t fit in right now then that’s ok. That feeling is just a torch pointing you in another direction. It means that you DO fit in somewhere else and all you gotta do is find that place.

And trust me my friend, if you keep looking, you will find it.

Tell me – in what situations do you feel like a fish climbing a tree? ie totally out of your depth and not in your zone of genius? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

With Love

Zoe B




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How to Change Careers When You Have No Experience Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:55:59 +0000

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So you want to change careers but there’s one very big hurdle holding you back.

You’re just not qualified! I mean how on earth can you change careers when you only know how to do your current role?

I get it.

Changing careers can feel really daunting and overwhelming.

It feels like you’re at the bottom of Everest without a map!

The good news is, you don’t necessarily need a whole tonne of experience or qualifications to change careers.

In-fact, traditional qualifications are becoming less and less of a requisite and more people than ever are changing careers multiple times throughout their lives.

As Thomas Edison once said: “Genius is 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration.”

The truth is, qualities like resilience, tenacity and hard work are often more important than qualifications when it comes to changing careers.

And before you shirk away from some good old hard work, consider this – if you’re currently in a job that isn’t fulfilling you, then you’re already having to work hard right?

When we’re in a role that’s not drawing on our natural strengths or allowing us to play form our zone of genius, this is when EVERYTHING feels like hard work.

Have you ever noticed that? How when you’re doing something that doesn’t come naturally to you there is SO MUCH struggle?

The reality is, the only way to eliminate ongoing struggle from your work is to find and do work that you really love; work that allows you to express your natural talents.

And so…we’re back to changing careers again aren’t we?

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that, YES it will be hard work to change careers, but nowhere near as hard as staying in a job that you hate for the rest of your life. So I guess the choice is yours ☺

OK pep talk over. Now onto the practicalities…so how the heck do you change careers with zero experience or qualifications?

Here are a few simple tips…

Simple Life Strategy: How to Change Careers When You Have No Experience

1. Define your zone of genius

If you’re going to go to the effort of changing careers then it’s super important you choose something that aligns with your natural strengths. So it fits then, that you need to know what these strengths are! Definitely start by identifying your strengths and your unique ability. We all have something that we can do really well, that others struggle with. The challenge is to find yours!

2. Find Careers that match your zone of genius

Next you need to find career options that align with your natural strengths. In my Career Change program, I share alot of online tools and databases to help you find out about careers that you didn’t even know existed! It’s a great way to get excited about new options and find new careers. (if you’d like to use one of these online tools, join my Find a New Career in 30 Days Free online Masterclass where I walk you through exactly how to use my favourite career database tool for free. This tool helps you find out about tonnes of new career options. You can register >here.)

3. Choose one career option and get educated

Once you have found a career that aligns well with your natural strengths and passions then it’s time to dive a little deeper. You need to find out what skills and experience is necessary within this role. Look online for job descriptions or interviews with people who have worked in this field. Then find examples in your own background that match (note: for example if you wanted to switch over from being a project manager to becoming a freelance writer – you would simply find examples where you had been a writer in your project manager role).

4. Create the experience yourself!

Don’t have ANY experience whatsoever in the career you want to get into? No problem! Then it’s time to create some. Simply try getting the experience for free in evenings or weekends. Some examples:

• Want to be a writer? Start a blog or offer to guest write for online publications
• Want to be a relationship coach? Offer to coach a few friends for free on the weekends to see how well you can help them
• Want to work in TV? Offer yourself up as an intern on weekends
• Want to work in the health food industry? Start your own market stall on the weekends and sell your home baked health foods.
• Want to be a personal trainer? Offer to train a few friends on the weekends first and see what results you get

Not only does this give you experience in the field, it also gives you a chance to test-drive the career to see if you like it before you jump!

When I first arrived in Australia (from England) with only one year experience in Advertising looking for a sponsorship visa, I was initially met with a lot of resistance. The first recruiter I met with actually told me to book my flight home because I simply didn’t have enough experience. Did I book that flight? Hell no! It spurred me on to prove her wrong! What I did was offer my services FOR FREE so that the ad agencies could try me out before they sponsored me. Not only did this show my passion and enthusiasm for the business, it also showed them that I was tenacious and confident in my abilities. Guess what happened? I got hired, sponsored for 4 years and even got a promotion to the next pay bracket!

5. Consider a short course

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. While you may not want or need to go back to University, many career changes require a short course to get you qualified enough to get started. This is OK though, and often these courses can be taken part time alongside your existing role. For example one of my private clients decided to move into HR from project management. All he had to do was a short conversion course to qualify and he’s now happily working in HR. So be sure to find out if you can take a short course to help you become more qualified.

And there you have it – a few easy ways you can change careers even if you have ZERO qualifications!

Honestly, what I’ve shared with you here is just a slice of what’s required to change careers so if you want to know the whole shebang, then be sure to come along to my Free Online Masterclass: Find a New Career in 30 Days. Due to popular demand, I’m running them again and if you missed them last time, you can register >here.

This free Masterclass is an opportunity for you to take the first step towards changing careers, so why not take it (instead of ruminating some more about what to do next!).

And if you have friends or family who are miserable in their jobs then definitely invite them along too! The more the merrier ☺

Register >>here

I would love to know in the comments below what career you have always dreamed of doing? Share below!

Zoe B





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Meet Nathan. He Quit his Successful Law Career to Make Art Out of LEGO Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:06:45 +0000

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Meet Nathan.

He quit a successful career in corporate law to follow his passion for Lego bricks.

Sounds crazy but it’s true.

You might be wondering ‘How the heck did he do that?’

Well, like many dream careers, he started off by simply following his passion.

“After a long day in the law firm, I needed some kind of outlet. I would draw, paint and one day I thought maybe I can sculpt using lego bricks!”. He says.

Nathan took his passion and created a website so he could show others his art. When he started to get so many visitors on his site that it crashed, he clearly remembers making a decision to go for it:

“I left the law firm behind, to play with bricks full time!”

But it wasn’t always a smooth ride. Instead of supporting him on his journey to fulfill his dreams, Nathan was surprised by the reaction from those around him.

“The reaction from friends & family was interesting”, said Nathan. “There were some people who were a little negative about it and thought I was crazy.”

Like most innovators, it took a while for everybody else to catch on to the genius in what he was doing.

Nathan’s journey is an incredible one where he followed his passion, intuition and dreams, and it paid off.

He chose not to listen to the naysayers and instead to listen to his own inner voice and be led by doing work that he LOVED.

This is possible for everyone. Perhaps not always in as dramatic a way as this, but it really is possible.

And as Nathan points out:

“You don’t have to find one career path, there are many ways to get to where you wanna go.”

So if you have something that you have been doing in your spare time, a hobby or passion that you just LOVE doing, why not do some more of it? See where it leads? Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole…you never know where it might lead.

But you won’t know if you don’t try.

Watch Nathan’s story here (it’s only 3 minutes long):

Hey, what are your biggest PASSIONS in life? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know 🙂

With love,

Zoë B

PS Don’t have any passions? Oh yes you do. And I’ll teach you how to find yours for free in my new Masterclass: Discover Your Key Passions. Simply register for free >>here.


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How to Innovate Like Steve Jobs Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:07:57 +0000

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Here’s a small fact you may not know about me.

When I was at university in London (a wee while ago now ☺) I was a student of Innovation Studies.

We looked at how different cultures innovate, what breeds innovation and what stifles innovation.

It was fascinating stuff.

Before I share with you one of the most interesting things I learned about Innovation, and how Steve Jobs himself, took advantage of this little-known fact to turn Apple into one of the biggest global companies of all time…let’s talk about why innovation is important.

Innovation & Self Expression

In my opinion, the process of innovating, of creating something new, is an intrinsic part of your self-expression as a human being.

And as human beings, self-expression is a core determinant of our intrinsic level of happiness. What this means is, if we’re not expressing our unique talents, gifts, and abilities in some way, we are stunting our own personal growth, which can result in a distinct feeling of being ‘stuck in a rut.’

Innovation & Hardships

Here’s the interesting thing about innovation – it’s born out of our difficulties. And in-fact, it’s very difficult to innovate when everything is going well.

Because when we’re kicking all of our goals, it becomes rather easy to get complacent…there’s no urgent need for us to think up new ideas or new ways of doing things.

Ultimately, we get lazy.

It’s only when the shit hits the fan, that we are forced to innovate, to find another way of doing things.

Did you know that the industrial revolution was born out of the great depression? Some of the last century’s most innovative discoveries like the steam engine and the automobile were born out of a nation-wide depression!

The truth is, many of the most successful companies and products in the world, were launched during recessions.

Steve Jobs, Apple & Innovation

In 2001, during an economic downturn, Apple launched their first version of the iPod. Not only were they launching a product that completely disrupted all competing music devices, but they were also entering a completely new market! Before 2001, Apple was only known in the Computing industry – they had no experience in the music industry.

The point is, this: when we’re on struggle-street, we’re highly motivated to get a little bit more creative than usual. It’s like ‘do or die.’

And I think we’ve all been in this kind of situation before…we get frustrated because something doesn’t work very well. And this frustration fuels our desire to create a better version.

In-fact did you know that the only reason Apple even decided to create a portable music device was because their tech team randomly discovered how poor all of the existing portable music players were? On cue, Steve Jobs asked his top tech guy to see if Apple could do better.

And hence the iPod was born…during a recession and out of necessity to improve the poor products that already existed.


If something isn’t working for you, then guess what? Fix it! Find another way!

Innovation & My Business

I have seen this with the development of my own business for sure. I became so annoyed with the lack of strategic thinking around how to find and do work that you love, that I felt compelled to create my own process.

It just bothered me too much to do nothing about this. And so my frustration became a powerful motivational force to propel me forward to create something better.

The thing that excites me most about this notion that innovation is fuelled by challenges is that it helps you to face your problems in a more positive, constructive way.

Now, when I hit a road bump or a hurdle, instead of allowing it to drag me down into the doldrums, I remind myself that this is an opportunity to innovate! This challenge is a blessing in disguise because it will give me the kick up the bum to find another way.

And only by finding another way, do we create something that no one else has done…which in turn allows us to express ourselves in a unique way.

And thus…the cycle of innovation and self-expression is complete.

And we feel good for a moment. Until the next challenge that is ☺

How can you take a problem that you’re facing right now and use it to innovate? I would LOVE to hear in the comments below so don’t be shy ☺

With love & innovation,
Zoe B

PS Did you come along to my NEW workshop yet? It’s 100% free and you can register to ‘Discover your Key Passions’ >>here. Who knows it may even spur you on to get a little innovative ☺










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Is it Irresponsible to Follow Your Passion? Thu, 23 Jun 2016 01:00:25 +0000

Is it irresponsible to follow your passion

You dream of throwing in the towel and pursuing what you really love!

You want to unleash your zone of genius, and know that you’re doing the work you were born to do.

And yet, there’s a distinct, nagging part of you that feels like it would just be too irresponsible to stop what you’re doing and follow your passion.

I mean c’mon! At your age! You’ve got mouths to feed and bills to pay! Don’t be ridiculous. Get real. It’s just not practical.

Sound familiar?

I was chatting to a lovely man about this the other day and he confessed that he really wanted to devote the time & resources to following his passion and finding his dream career, but he just felt like this would be the irresponsible thing to do.

I get it. Especially if you’re changing careers mid-life.

When you have commitments and a family to provide for, it can feel so hard to invest in yourself and your own happiness.

And yet this is the exact moment when you must do something about it.

Here’s why.

I would argue that the most irresponsible thing you can do for your family is to provide a poor role model for them. Kids grow up looking to YOU for inspiration. They want to be LIKE YOU.

And if you’re miserable in a job you hate, then guess what? That’s what they will think is possible for them too.

I see this so much, especially with parents.

But really, it’s all an illusion. There seems to be an unspoken rule, especially for parents, that we don’t deserve to invest time or money in ourselves – everybody else is much more important.

This is a nasty little trap my friends. And it will leave you feeling bitter, resentful and miserable.

Here’s something to ponder.

What do you think your kids want for you, more than anything in the world?

They want you to be happy of course. Because when you’re happy, they’re happy,

And everyone can relax.

The opposite is true if you are stressed. Because more than likely, your family will get the raw end of the deal when you’re worried and uninspired.

And it’s not your fault, we can’t help but affect others when we’re stressed and unhappy – because it makes us show the most ugly parts of ourselves.

We get short tempered, we get frustrated and we snap at our loved ones. Not because we don’t love them, but just because they are there. And we can’t help it.

This has to stop. And it all starts by taking responsibility for your own happiness.

Did you ever think about it that way?

I believe we all have a responsibility to be happy. And I don’t mean, we just flick the happiness switch on and off. I mean we have to work at it. Because happiness is not a constant thing, it’s something that comes and goes based on how we choose to live; our decisions ultimately create our own happiness.

And doing work that you love is so intrinsically linked with happiness, because we spend so much damn time at work! We’re at work for two thirds of our lives! That’s the majority of our time. So we need to make it count.

In-fact we have a responsibility to make it count. We owe it to those around us, those who look up to us as role models (be that friends, family or children).

And more than anything, we owe it to ourselves. Because when we get to the end of our lives, these are the questions we’ll ask ourselves.

  • Did I spend my life wisely?
  • Did I contribute positively?
  • Did my life have meaning?

I’m not saying any of this is easy, because it’s not. But it’s better to think about these things now….before another decade slips by and it’s too late.

And remember, you don’t have to throw in the towel in order to follow your passion. You don’t have to just quit your job and sacrifice your financial security. There are ways in which you can follow your passion, while still meeting your family obligations.

Something to consider hey?

So how can you inch towards your dream career today? How can you be the role model that your loved ones really need? How can you take one small step towards taking responsibility for your own happiness?

Because, great things start from humble beginnings and someone wise once said:

“A journey of a thousand miles always starts with a single step.”

So take that first step today.

With love

Zoe B

PS: Due to popular demand, I’m running my free ‘Find a New Career in 30 Days’ online Masterclass again. If you didn’t catch it yet, I’d love you to come along. I’m running them at a few different times. You can register >>here.


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How to Escape the Comparison Trap – with Cassie Mendoza Jones Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:50:08 +0000

Cassie Mendoza Jones Interview

Have you ever fallen into the trap of comparing yourself to others?

Maybe you wish you were further ahead in your business, life, relationship or career?

It can be so easy to look at others and feel like they’ve got it all sorted out, when the truth is, we’re all just finding our own way.

From the outside looking in, it may look like someone has it all, but this is rarely the case. In-fact often the people we admire the most, have put in 10 years of effort to get to where they are now, and yet we still compare ourselves to them when we’re first starting out.

The point is, we make unrealistic comparisons that can hold us back in life. Which is why I was super excited to chat to Hay House author, Cassie Mendoza Jones about how we can avoid forfeiting our dreams, by getting stuck in this deadly comparison trap.

This topic is important because every time we doubt ourselves when we see someone else doing better, we move one step further away from our dreams and two steps closer to overwhelm and burn out.

In our in-depth video interview, Cassie explains how we can step away from comparisons and into our own power, to live the life we always dreamed of.

Watch our video interview to learn:

  • Some simple tips you can use right away to stop you from wasting precious time comparing yourself to others
  • How to find balance and still achieve wildly successful goals at the same time
  • Cassie’s secret sauce behind finding balance in her own life, including how she managed to find the time to write her first book without getting overwhelmed, stressed out or burned out (this IS possible for everyone!)

Watch my interview with Cassie Mendoza Jones here.

Tell me – how have you stopped yourself from falling into the comparison trap? Leave a comment below 🙂

Be sure to subscribe to the Simple Life Strategies TV channel here so you don’t miss out on more exciting interviews like this one.

Did you learn something new from this interview? Share the love!

With love

Zoë B

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F**k it! Do What You Love – John C Parkin Interview Mon, 23 May 2016 05:24:42 +0000

John C Parkin Interview

Are you doing what you love? And if not, then why?

Today I’m talking with International Hay House author, John C Parkin about how you can do what you love.

John is the founder of the F**k it philosophy and he shares with me just why those to words (eff it!) are so powerful, including some fascinating research to prove it.

This interview will leave you laughing out loud and fully motivated to get out there and do more of what you love in your life and career.

Watch our video interview to find out:

  • How you can be successful from doing what you love (there’s a simple explanation for how this works)
  • The secret to loving what you already do
  • How to find the time to figure out what you’re passionate about and start doing what you love TODAY!

Watch my interview with John C Parkin here.

Tell me – what has stopped you from doing what you love? Leave a comment below 🙂

Know someone who’s always effing and blinding? Share this interview with them! I’m sure they will be glad to hear how swearing is as useful as half an hour of meditation 🙂

And…the more people who are doing what they love, the better!

With love

Zoë B

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