A few weeks ago I was talking with a very good friend about her intention for her career. In a (somewhat) sudden bolt of clarity, she realized her next mission in life is to teach private music lessons. Having been a very talented flute performance major in college, she is perfectly suited to the task. After a few years of teaching elementary music she now finds herself in a new town seeking the next phase of her life and career.

While she was thinking about her next career intention she decided to substitute teach in her new community. At first the subbing was fulfilling in and of itself. But over time as her purpose began to emerge in her consciousness, the subbing became something to dread.

In our private lesson conversation, we realized that her substitute teaching income could be the perfect seed money for her new company. And at one point I blurted out that her substitute teaching money was the shit that would eventually fertilize her new business.

And it clicked. No longer was this temporary position something she needed to rail against, it was actually a conduit for her dream to come true. Though the actual task of subbing is still the same, the purpose and intention behind the act has been lifted to a higher, more intentional realm. She no longer needs to feel stuck and without options. This is a choice she is making that allows her to go into her private lesson business funded.

And that makes all the difference.



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  • Jen

    Great title name! And what you wrote here is so true, it is what got me through my last job! Thanks for sharing this, Jess!

  • Love the name! It’s the perfect way to describe that shift in her perspective. Isn’t it amazing the difference it makes?

  • A great analogy! Best luck to your friend (she likely has a great potential client base there too!). And I’m glad you chose to use the image of the rose instead of the alternative 😉

  • One, love the post title lol. Two, tell ur friend all the best!

  • CB

    I LOVE this analogy, I love this post, and I love your helpful and positive advice!! Thanks so much, Jess!! 😀

  • This makes me think about those grueling hours I spent working in retail. Although I loved retail, it got somewhat mundane at times. I sometimes get intimidated at the thought of having my own clothing line…I have not had and formal education in this area. But, I look back now and realize those days in retail were prepping me for my clothing line.

    Best wishes and many blessing to your friend!!!

  • I really enjoy your site! As I plan for the next steps in my career, I read your posts and I always feel inspired and that my dreams are within my grasp. I imagine that after this talk, your friend felt the same way. Best of luck to her!

  • 17Perth

    Amen….Haha–and I love how you put it. Great, motivational reminder for a Tuesday.
    Thanks. 🙂

  • Angela

    This is my first time visiting your blog, but I’m convinced that you’re a genius. This is a great post.

  • well said and well put…i need to remind myself of this.

  • ana

    Ok, I can’t agree more, I’m printing it and keeping it were I can see it every day. It’ll help get me through the days ahead, I hope. Very motivational, thank you.

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