I have a problem. (And no, it’s not over-consumption of caffeine, alcohol, or serial dating of d-bags… those are all habits I’ve kicked ;-).)
For the past few years, there’s this thing that’s been happening to me over and over again.
You see, here’s how it happens: Inevitably without fail, at least once a week I receive a friendly email from a reader who is suffering with a career path dilemma.
“Dear Therese,” the typical email reads,
“So I’m a year out of college with a Bio Engineering degree and am completely lost as to what I should be doing with my life. My biggest hurdle is I’m not really sure what I really like, how it can come together for a career, and which direction to look in for work. I like the sciences, especially anatomy and how the body works. I feel I work well in teams, but am not very fond of customer service, and am an organized person. I’m also on the introverted side of the spectrum. I just am not sure how to channel the areas I think I like into a career and find out if those areas are ones that I actually like at all.”
“I have a marketing degree and a stable job at a prestigious finance company. I know more than ever that I am supposed to be here at this moment in time. The only problem is that I have no final destination in mind… I don’t know what I want to be when I “Grow Up.” I love marketing but I feel as though I’m lost in this sea of liberal arts, confused on what to do next! I don’t hate my job Therese, but I don’t love it.”
Something along those lines, you know?
And my problem is that without fail, every time this happens I want to reach across the boundary of the invisible internet world, grab the person firmly by the shoulders, and exclaim with exuberance, “I HAVE SOMETHING THAT CAN HELP YOU! IN FACT, I CREATED AN E-COURSE ON THE SUBJECT PRECISELY BECAUSE I GET EMAILS LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME!!”
But I don’t do this, of course — firstly, because it’s physically impossible to reach across the internet and grab someone’s shoulders, and secondly, because — well, frankly, I don’t want to sound like I’m just trying to sell people something. (Yuck. I hate those kind of people who are just trying to sell you something.)
The truth of the matter is, though, that I created The Unlost “Confusion to Clarity” E-Course because I believe it’s deeply needed. It contains a different kind of career guidance — the kind that so many people are desperately seeking, but that I honestly don’t think you can find anywhere else. It’s the stuff I wish I’d have known years ago, if only for the peace of mind it’d have brought me to know that, holy shish kabob, maybe I don’t have to have my entire career and life plan mapped out in order to be confident that I’m taking steps in the right direction.
Which got me to asking a very important question: How can I allow as many people as possible to access this potentially life changing content, without looking like an over-promotional Salesy-McSaleserson?
The answer came to me the other day while drinking my delicious daily green smoothie (yes, I’m one of those people now), at which time I was struck by the awesomest of all the awesome ideas:
I should run a “Pay What You Can” sale.
And so that’s what I’m doing. For the next two days, I’ll allow you to adjust the price of the course to whatever you’re able to pay. After all, everyone’s situation is different, and who am I to say that everyone should pay the same price for this course?
If this “pay-what-you-can” thing works out well, who knows, maybe I’ll keep it in place. But as of right now, my plan is to make it available for the next 48 hours only — so if you’re interested, jump on it now.
With lots of love,
P.s. Now on to the really important stuff: No, the picture of the kitten does not have anything to do with the topic of this post whatsoever. (But I mean, didn’t it make you smile?! And who doesn’t need a reason to smile on a Monday morning, right? :-D)
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[Image by Sergiu Bacioiu]