Encore: Welcome to the Elite Society of Former Performers


An excerpt from Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers Once you’re solidly in your new chapter, you join the ranks of the Former Performers: the passionate souls who pursued one of the most difficult – and rewarding – career paths that exist. You followed your first dream, and that is something you should always cherish. For a long time, I struggled with the admission that I used to be an actor. I thought it undermined my current career or suggested that I had failed and cashed out. As time gives me distance, however, I realize that my […]

August 2018: Navigating Transitions

Travis Somerville

You know those people who lose or quit their job and use the time off to find themselves and travel and play the guitar and have a summer fling and work out and read novels? Yeah. I am SO not one of those people. I hate being in the proverbial hallway. Give me a map, a door, an obstacle course, a game plan. I’ll knock that out of the park. But when it comes to being patient and present before the plan has made itself known, I’d rather eat glass. Even though I wrote the book on transition, each new period […]

[MVP] Michael Knouse: Empowering Entrepreneurs

Michael Knouse

Pregame MVP Michael Knouse helps established business builders escape overwhelm, find focus and thrive as an impact-driven entrepreneur. He empowers visionary entrepreneurs to realize their full potential through accountability, smart business design, deep focus, and execution. He hosts The Startup Sessions Podcast and is the creator of The Council of Visionary Business Builders. Michael’s goal is to show mission-driven business leaders how to achieve their full human potential through entrepreneurship. Why do you love working with entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurs are my favorite people. By nature, they are rule breakers and smart risk takers. The most alive and energetic people I know […]

Why Your Goals Don’t Matter


In 2017 I left a successful career as a restaurant manager to work for myself. Hospitality, when done well, is an act of endurance; of tirelessly putting out fires. After two decades of rewarding but unceasing work in the hot zone, my personal life was collapsing under the pressure. My partner and I simultaneously decided to resuscitate our aspirations of careers in writing, a dream I had suppressed to better choke down the pill of conventionally-accepted maturity, and the financial stability presumed to go with it. I now resolved to clear the overgrowth from my path, despite the back-breaking work […]

Be Prepared to Wing It

Melissa Murray, in a few short hours I would be five miles above it, in the cold steely blue of enemy skies, 2017

Conventional wisdom says there are two kinds of people in life – the planners and the spontaneous. Planners are seen as hyper-organized and always in control. Spontaneous people are viewed as forgetful and lacking discipline. And yet, I know some people with immaculate homes who are always running late. I know some people who never forget to send a birthday card but aren’t the least bit concerned about making their bed in the morning.  Like gender and race and morality, not all of us fit squarely into just one category when it comes to structure in our lives. Making plans […]

June 2017: Our Journeys

Peter D. Gerakaris, Floating Garden

What do you do when you come to a fork in the road? Do you bound down one road without hesitation? Do you pause and weigh your options? Do you ask for input from those who’ve traveled this road before? Do you examine the map to determine the best possible route? All of these reactions have their pros and cons, and you might notice that you tend toward one response. What if you intentionally chose the opposite? My default setting is to overanalyze the options so I can be absolutely sure I am making the exact right decision. Yes, shocking, coming […]

Calculated Irresponsibility


“An ounce of gold will not buy an inch of time” – Chinese Proverb “If I could turn back time…then maybe maybe maybe…” – Cher I’m standing over the wash sink at my twin’s and my cafe, speeding through a mountain of dirty coffee mugs and breakfast dishes because we are running out and there is a steady stream of people waiting to order more food and coffee, when my cousin, Liz, asks if I’d like to spend twenty days with her in Thailand. Liz always likes to drop in for a visit at exactly the wrong time. Well, obviously, I’d love […]

Bliss: The Key To Your Journey

Window Shopping

 “When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” Joseph Campbell, ( Campbell, Cousineau & Brown, 2003) Over the course of my work with clients and even in my own personal life, I’m continually reminded that when one follows their bliss, opportunities appear. Clients come to me when they are wrestling with a concept or need direction and clarity. Usually what I find is that they’ve stopped listening to their own inner wisdom and trying to please someone else or do it […]

Starting-Over A Business: When to Relaunch, Pivot, Expand, or Close Up Shop

Danielle Mourning

You never think it will happen to you. One day, the business launch dust settles and inquiries drop off, customers stop returning, profits flatline, the press deems you yesterday’s news, or you run out of the enormous energy it takes to drive a business forward. Launching a business is like falling in love — the initial ecstasy of your idea blinds you to the realities of long-term commitment. In small business, I have seen the proverbial seven-year itch happen at six months, two years, even 12 years into business. After the romance begins to fade, how do you diagnose and […]