01. A few years ago I wrote a book on finding your really-right direction, quitting your job + growing your own thing (that fits the life you want *and* your unique personality… so you don’t have to secretly leave a piece of yourself at the door to get paid).
It turned into a bit of a bestseller, and has been translated into half a dozen languages.
(The new second edition is out this month! Check it out here).
For the last 8+ years I’ve run an online business, creating courses (and global online events) for thousands of people around this topic.
(Incidentally this work is fully online and has let me travel around the world with my little laptop… hence the photos of weird and wonderful locations).
02. In 2017 I stepped onto the TED stage to give a TEDx Talk called The Hidden Power of Not (Always) Fitting In.
It’s for those of us who don’t feel like we’re just ‘one thing’ – who are good at looking like we fit in the various worlds we move in… but secretly, on the inside, a little piece of us never feels we 100% fit into any of them.
The talk gives that trait a name (“liminal”) and explains why it is not something to hide, and why the difference you might be trying to hide might be more powerful than you think.
I wasn’t sure how it would be received but the idea seemed to hit home: it was named by Entrepreneur as a top 10 TEDx Talk to watch and has been viewed over a quarter of a million times, as people see themselves in it and share it… so if you’ve ever felt that way, you are definitely not alone!
03. Much like you, I’m someone who cares (I very much identify as a “highly sensitive person”, or HSP.)
I value depth and quality that lasts – and the increasingly soundbite-filled, loud nature of the online world I found myself in a few years ago didn’t feel right anymore…
So I took some time out from that scene – to deepen my speaking/writing and more… and most recently have been writing the much-updated 2nd edition of Be A Free Range Human (hitting the shelves in September 2019).
You can check it out here and be the first to get a copy!
04. My most shared quote is “weaknesses are just strengths in the wrong environment”…
And I firmly believe that.
Everything I do starts from the point of who you are (not some one size fits all formula). There is a home for every personality and strength – it’s just a question of finding that home or creating it to fit you.
Starting from who you are is the pathway to a lot more ease, happiness and smoother success in what you do (rather than rushing into something that sounds like a good idea but in reality requires you to leave a piece of yourself at the door and squish your edges day after day).
It’s a simple idea, but in a world that can often tell us we need to be more like other people in order to be good enough, it’s an idea that we often leave out of the picture day to day… so I figured it was worth including it here ;).
Lots of love,
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