Are you ready for a change? It’s possible.

Welcome back from the July 4th weekend! Was it a little more difficult than usual to get up this morning?

It was for me – which is perfectly natural after having a fun weekend enjoying the California sun!

But if you just can’t stand it when the morning alarm rings, and you need to drag yourself to work on a regular basis, it’s time for a change.

And you may not think it’s possible – especially with today’s high prices and economic forecasts. But you know what?

Life is too short to spend time at a job you don’t like.

You see, I’ve been talking to a lot of negative, media people lately who hate their jobs. And it got me thinking. If you want to be one of the wealthy, happy people you admire, it’s up to you to make it happen!

I don’t want to sound too “Miss Sunshiny,” but wouldn’t it be better to spend some extra time and effort to be happy now rather than waiting until you retire?

Now I’ve been anxious about finances and my future too. But if you don’t take action, nothing will change. With these thoughts in mind, here are a few tips I used to go from a full-time career to working for myself:

1. Research
Before you make any big decisions, figure out what you want to do and what actions are necessary to make it happen.

Start by checking on all of the legal and financial issues involved (business structure, copyrights, patents, loans, conflicts-of-interest, etc.). And talk to others in the field you want to pursue.

Visit your local SCORE ( office, and look online for helpful sites like

There are many free resources available to help you pursue your own business or a new career. You just have to look.

2. Plan.
Can you start on a part-time basis? Instead of abruptly leaving your current position, try to transition into your new business or career in the evenings or on weekends when you are not working.

This will give you a sample taste of your “new life.” Plus, you can grow your business or new career slowly and then leave your current position with another income in progress.

(And just a note:if you work at your new career while at your current job, you can get into a lot of trouble. It’s best to keep things separate to avoid problems or even losing your job before you’re ready!)

3. Go for It!
If you’ve done your homework, don’t be afraid to make the leap and pursue your business dreams.

It can be extremely nerve-wracking to take risks that can change your life in profound ways. But if you prepare and look at all the positive and negative possibilities in advance, you will reduce your stress levels and increase your chances for success.

I’ve worked for horrible bosses at terrible jobs, and I know what it’s like. And I’m here to tell you that you can change things. It’s just a process of having a positive mindset and doing the necessary work.

So the next time your alarm goes off, think about your reaction. Are you looking forward to the day ahead or would you rather cover your head with your pillow and hide?

Life has so much to offer, and it goes by fast. Take a moment now to think about your goals and when you want to make things happen. I went through the trenches (too much to go into here :>) and made it out o.k., and you can too!

If you have questions, just let me know. I’m here to help!

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