Living Life on Your Terms
A book about making a living from your love, passion and purpose. — I share my story & how I dealt with my career change.
Living Life on Your Terms
A book about making a living from your love, passion and purpose. — I share my story & how I dealt with my career change.
About this Project:
Transitioning From Your Job into Your Passion: Living Life On Your Terms
This book is for:
Anyone who is not living their passion and purpose.
This is for anyone who has been told that there's no way you can live your dreams or to make a career out of your passion. Or maybe like me you were told that you are stupid and you believed it, I know I did for almost 20 years.
I broke that belief/lie and I'm about to publish my first book and I would like you to be part of it.
Anyone who is working in a job that is no longer for them or they feel stuck in their current role and would like to transition into a career that is more fulfilling.
Anyone who, like me, has struggled to decide what to do next with their life. I was at a cross roads 5 years ago and not knowing which direction to take. I had many people, family and friends willing to give me advice on what I shouldn't do and what I should avoid but none of them had made a major career change like I was going to make. I transitioned from my Landscaping business to Life/business coaching, speaking/training and writing. It was a big leap to make and I'm living prove that it is possible.
This book will share insights into transitioning from your job into your passion,purpose and calling, what it is that you were born to do?
This book will help you to:
*Discover what is it that you are really good at, what is most important to you and what do you value most in life.
*Gain clarity, direction and purpose for your career and life.
*Take the right action steps you need to take to make your dream job/business a reality.
*Get out of the way and step into the flow of life where Synchronicity's happen on a regular basis.
*Discover the best ways to develop a completely new skill set.
*I share my own personal experiences and what worked and what didn't. And much more.......
This book starts with my personal journey of finding and transitioning into my purpose and passion, but it's much more ... it's about how to live, and how to tap into your own personal connection with the universe. It's about dealing with family and friends that don't understand what you are trying to do and create, it's about living life on your terms, while creating value for others.
In the process of noticing where you have already made various successful transitions in your life, by following the steps in this book ... you'll start to develop and understand your core strengths. The insights gain from the book will illustrate how close you are to your desired reality. It can be simple to take the leap of faith into your desired vocation.
In taking small steps towards developing and learning the required skills, you begin to truly understand them. And in understanding these skills, you'll start to grow in confidence, belief and certainty that you can deliver on peoples expectations.
This is a volume of condensed learning about transitioning from one skill set to another and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone into the richness of your full potential.
I didn't learn how to read and write at a basic level until I was ten years old. I was also told that I was dyslexic and stupid, I loved to write though, but this was not encouraged by my teachers due to my poor spelling and grammar. At a young age I learnt the value of fair exchange from my grand parents while helping them on their cattle farm, which helped me to establish various business's from a young age.
Fast forward to 2009 running my landscape gardening business with the passion long gone I felt stuck in a career that I just wasn't enjoying any more.
After researching different careers on the internet I found a company that taught people wealth creating strategies to create any lifestyle that you wanted. I attended a seminar in Adelaide and one of the speakers spoke with so much passion and he was talking about helping people as a career, I joined his one year coaching program called coach the coach.
Over the next 12 months, I worked in my business while discovering my passion for helping people over come their challenges and within 3 months I had my first paying client.
The turning point to my increase in confidence was volunteering my time at Mission Australia in Sydney where I was teaching people that were in crisis situations the benefits of NLP and helping them to acknowledge their strengths.
In 12 months I:
*Taught people in crisis situations how to manage their emotions at Mission Australia.
*Began coaching my first paying client.
*Learnt how to speed read and memorise large junks of information, teaching children how to spell using NLP in my lounge room.
*Spoke at various events around Australia speaking about transitioning into life coaching.
*Coached 23 different people in two days.
*Sold my landscaping business and became a full time coach.
And now I have traveled to over 45 countries to work with thousands of people one-on-one. Going beyond one-on-one to help more people faster, I’ve had professional speaking engagements in six countries in front of seas of people. Stop for a moment and remember my humble origins; I was a landscaper and didn’t think I would amount to anything or do anything worthwhile with my life.
Developing your "WHY"
Going deeper than simply changing your career, this book will guide you to discover your passion and the best ways to a smooth transition. Even if you are feeling completely stuck, afraid to make the transition or if you have no idea what you are passionate about, but you know you won't find it in your current job.
It's not how long you do something, it's what you do in the period of time that you have. In many cases you have been practising a skill set that you can transfer to your ideal career and live a life of passion, purpose giving deeper meaning to your existence.
When we summon the courage to face our fears, anything is possible and everything that we want is on the other side of our comfort zone, when we go there often enough we see that there really isn't anything to fear.
Preparation and focusing on your purpose are the key distinctions to developing faith that lay's the foundation for courage and confidence to take a hold and give us an increase awareness in our ability to go after our dreams.
When you believe in yourself and you know what you stand for, your "WHY" becomes strong and the what and how will find you. When your "WHY" is weak the how and the what can become excuses for not taking the required action.
When you face your fears, doubts and work to build your self esteem it becomes easier to follow tested strategies that can open the doorway to leading a happy fulfilling life, a life on your terms.
When you back this project, it's not just to get a copy of my book. I'd like you to be a part of a movement, and backing this says that you think this is a worthy movement.
What movement? My hope is that this book will help you raise the bar of what is possible for you — to transition into your passion, purpose and calling in life.
By living life on your terms and embrace your truth and what you are cable of, you give those around you permission to do the same.
We become inspiration for others to live life on their terms, and that spreads into the world.
My deepest wish is for you to use this book and create more passion for yourself, and everyone around you.
If this happens, we have succeeded.
The book is ready – In it's unedited form, although it needs a little more work it is almost ready to send to the printers. This book has been two years in the making and while the rest of the world was sleeping I was up to the early hours of the morning framing out my idea's and writing away. And I'm delighted with the end result and this will be the go to book when someone is wanting to change careers to create a different way of living. Although I didn't learn how to read and write at a basic level until I was 10. I have worked very hard to turn things around,especially working towards becoming a writer. Attending many workshops and traveling to the U.S to attend a Hayhouse workshop with Reid Tracy. You can check out examples of my writing on my blog at www.ajourneytoriches.com I've turned my life around and I just want to help other people to do the same.
I specialise in coaching people that feel stuck and who are transitioning or would like to transition into their purpose, passion, calling and make a career out of it. I've been doing that now for over four years and these success stories helped shaped my viewpoint for this book.
"Coaching with John has been one of the best decisions I ever made — once I finally decided to make it! When we started I didn't know where to live, what to do for work, and had had a strained relationship with my family for years. After 6 months of coaching and support I now have clearly defined goals and am getting paid to do what I love. My relationship with my family is better than I could've hoped for. "
"Thank you for the support and guidance that you have provided me as my success coach. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be where I am today. Everything was a mission and a struggle for me and you helped me to push past those perceived limitations and got me to do the things I was avoiding. With your help I was able to absolutely destroy many of my personal boundaries and wow, what a journey it has been. You pushed me and kept me accountable, which was clearly needed. I am still in shock and amazed that I now have my very first business ever and paying clients. Woo Hoo!!! You have an ability to tell me all the right things at the right time. We had many challenges, failures and frustrations, but at the same time had many wins, laughs and fun times. Most importantly, I want to thank you for being my coach through all this and truly appreciate everything you have done for me."
Dazzle Women Coaching
John Spender is an inspiration to me, not only for the way he is being in the world but also for his depth of compassion and skills in guiding and helping others.
John is unafraid to share his own story of overcoming life challenges and continually does the work on himself to heal and grow. John understands many life challenges because he has been there himself and through his courage, learning and mastery of a toolbox of skills was able to help me in finding my own courage, learning and growth toward a more balanced, whole, joyous, compassionate and loving person, and in finding and sharing my own unique voice in the world. Finding the real riches of life.
Thank you John for your friendship, belief in me, skills, guidance and for blazing a path for others to follow .Most of all thank you for your compassion and open heart.
With Gratitude and Blessings
Teacher and Poet
I had a great opportunity to work along with John on a number of projects. He is extra ordinarily creative, and humble person. When it comes to professional coaching he is the man for the job. John helped me to resolve number of issues which I could not deal with on my own. He also shared with me a number of strategies that instantly empowered me to generate leads in my business. Big thank you to you John and I'm excited about creating my future.
"Working With John Was Tremendously Helpful & Useful As It Enabled Me To Expand My Business, Before It Was Only A Dream"
After 3 months of working with John, I'm able to enjoy my work, and I'm beginning to develop a healthy social life. He has helped me to focus on my strengths and to get out of my comfort zone more often. The laughter I experienced at times in this process reminded me of that of Kate Winslet’s character in “Titanic" as she began to gain a sense of freedom and break some barriers. Some positive changes, which I had long since been yearning for, nearly effortlessly fell into place. It amazes me how the universe responded, and the feelings I used to wake up with every morning just naturally melted away. I gained confidence and a sense of power. If you are feeling stuck, John can definitely make a difference to your life.
He has with mine!
Where the Money Will Go:
I'm asking for $15,468, which will pay for:
An editor ($1800)
Book designer ($600)
Kickstarter/Amazon payments fee ($1168)
Website, ebook, Photography & Video ($2,200)
Publishing Consulting Fees ($3,000)
Note: the above positions are already filled.
In addition, there might be a few possible additional printing costs and unexpected costs, so I'd love a little cushion on our budget.
Stretch funding goal
I'd love it if we could go over the $16,000 minimum goal. If you guys can help me get to a higher funding figure, this will allow me to:
- Print a 2nd, less-limited edition to sell on Amazon and elsewhere
- Get paid (a little more) for some of my own time
- See that this is a viable model for publishing future books
- Show the world that this topic is important
So don't stop helping this project if we hit the minimum!
I'm offering a number of bonuses for different reward levels here on Kickstarter, not available anywhere else:
- First, the limited-edition digital and print versions of this book are not going to be sold anywhere else for at least 6 months, until I do a 2nd edition. And the cover will be different and the content maybe edited again.
- Exclusive Coaching: I'm going to do coaching sessions that I normally charge around $500 a month for and only on Kickstarter they are added as a bonus.
- Early bird feedback: For the $98+ reward level, I'm going to give you first access to the web version of the book in January (you'll still get 3 copies of the print edition when it's ready), before anyone else. This will give you a chance to give me feedback that could change the book before it's printed.
Personal Coaching: For the $300+ reward level, I'm going to give you three one on one coaching sessions via the phone or skype.
I normally charge $750usd for 3 sessions plus 6 copies of the limited edition book.
- 3-month coaching & private event: At the $1,500 level, I'm taking a small-group coaching program that will last from January through to March, and end in a private event in Bali. The coaching will be on transitioning, values, purpose, and how to deal with stuck states — basically, what I cover in the book — and you can ask me questions and work with the other people in the program, getting accountability and support. The event will be with me, and will last an entire weekend in April, and will include seminars and group activities, drinks and food and maybe some meditation. It'll be fun! You'll need to pay your own way to get there, and your own accommodations.
The VIP Edition: 12 Months of personal coaching with John. Starting in January you'll receive 24 one on one sessions all with John via phone or skype. Along with 12 copies of the limited-edition book, you'll be enrolled in a small-group coaching program for 3 months (starting in January). At the end of the program, you'll be invited to a weekend-long private seminar event in Bali with John at Green Mango (in April 2015). Includes food and drink. (Airfare & accommodations not included.) Plus, all 4 digital editions and thank you page. Bonus: John will speak at your private event or conference.
Note: John will deliver a 60min keynote presentation. You would need to cover airfares and accommodation.
Special Thanks to My Team
I didn't create this book alone:
- Roy Motoir, Editor
- Jasim Acurax, Peter Best and Sai Lowe, Design team
- Ori Latter, Photographer
Agus Putu Pranayoga, Video Production
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
I'm confident this book will be printed, but there are a few risks and challenges to note:
1. Possible delays from the printer — I've never printed a book on my own before. But I'm using a highly-recommended professional printing company, so I'm confident things will go well.
2. Shipping delays — We'll be using a fulfillment company to ship the books out once printed, and it's possible this will take a little longer than I'd like, so we'll all have to breathe if there are any delays.
3. Technical glitches — I'll be publishing this book on the web and in a few digital editions (Kindle, epub for the iPad, and PDF), so there is always the possibility of technical glitches that delay things. I've never done these before and if you are able to support me with this it would be greatly appreciated. I've been told that it isn't that difficult to do so I'm sure it'll come together in time for delivery.
All of this is achievable, and I don't anticipate major problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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