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Postby BarbaraSher » Sat Feb 08, 2003 9:47 pm

lou s Thought I would share my success so far, as it was powered by reading all of Barbara's books 12 months ago. Thanks Barbara! Have been working for a large corporate in their marketing dept for 10 years. In that time, had a child and got increasingly more agitated about my working days seeming like such a grind. Definitely started to have that late 30s 'There MUST be more!' feeling! Good salary didn't compensate enough for all the negative feelings - so after reading the books, decided enough was enough! So 12 months ago went freelance. Was my first step to gaining control of my hours and gave me a chance to explore other options and try them out, with a safety net. Had lots of contacts in the industry, so felt pretty sure I could survive financially for 12 months. My ultimate aim was to create 3 income streams, mainly for my need for the variety and satisfaction from different ventures, but also because I didn't want to put all my eggs in one basket. Here's the progress in 12 months: I now have established myself as a professional artist and am selling my work privately and to interior designers. This has been a MASSIVE leap - I hadn't painted for about 15 years. But I just got my head down and spent evenings painting and put myself out there! I asked cafes if I could show my work there and despite all my fears of not being good enough, etc etc, NOBODY said no. Everyone was encouraging and I sold work that way. (And nobody asked whether I had a degree in fine art, which may sound mad, but was a real hang up for me at the start but now seems kind of irrelevant). I sent some letters and photos of my work to interior designers and now work with them on commissions for their clients. This week I have launched a stall in a local antiques market. This is a joint venture with my mum and dad. It took a lot of work to buy great stock and to dress the stall to make it look distinctive, but it is there and open for business! Have finished my training as a life coach and already have some private clients and am talking to some businesses about contracts with them. Am so pleased with the progress in a relatively short space of time. Is not plain sailing, income is definitely more precarious than the corporate pay round, but am 100% happier, more motivated, less stressed and having so much more fun! And even though the family has less disposable income, I am around for my daughter more and we seem to be getting along more cohesively as a family unit. Thanks Barbara - you ignited the concept that it was absolutely possible! And when people ask me about how I made these changes, I point them in the direction of your books and site!
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Postby Avi Hathor, M. S. » Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:30 am

This person sounds like she is really getting it all together, if she hasn't already. Getting three income streams out of what you love has to be regarded as success by any point of view. I haven't got into painting (yet), but I know what you mean about painting after fifteen years. It is empowering to realize that you are not a freak just because you are interested in all kinds of things, especially things that you are not a "specialist" at. After I read the book I felt so liberated I finished a leaky roof project I had been putting off, I finished several more projects the next day, and even started some new ones! I think life is too short not to do more than one thing at a time. The old "killing two (or more) birds with one stone" concept. Now that you have your stall in the local antiques market you can sell pictures there, spend time with your daughter, meet more people and get more ideas. All the best!
Avi Hathor, M. S., M. F. A. "If you are an artist you fashion a peculiarly personal gift, the justification of your own heroic identity, which means that it is always aimed at least partly over the heads of your fellow men." -- Ernest Becker
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