Throw Out Fifty Things

You helped me turn my life around!!!!!


First and foremost - thanks for everything you've done for me. Please read on and you'll see exactly what I mean.

During the Fall of 2008 - my professional career (Copy Manager for a Fortune 150 company - sounds good but was actually quite unfulfilling) was going nowhere and my goals of becoming a published author took a hit, as a children's book I had written was rejected by Harper Collins - even after the publisher at one of their imprints asked for the manuscript!

At the age of 46, I felt stuck, like I was headed on the long and winding road to nowhere. I was really down in the dumps and it was effecting my relationships with my wonderful wife and 8 year old twins. I had to do something and fast, before I let everything slip away.

My wife suggested that I see a psychiatrist - that perhaps that would solve everything. But I wanted to try some self-help first and I remember seeing AOL Coaches in the past, so I decided to give it a try - what the heck! I had nothing to lose - and everything to lose at the same time.

That's when I saw your videos for the first time and I gotta tell you something - you gave me the kick in the ass I needed to start chipping away at all the garbage I was carrying around. Subsequently, I read Trapezes and Wildest Dreams and I started taking action.

I searched the online job boards and found a great new career - working for Kaplan University as a Copy Manager. They're owned by the Washington Post Company and generate 50% of the company's overall revenue - and the Washington Post Company also owns Newsweek magazine and numerous other media properties. So there's plenty of growth opportunity down the road. During the interview process - I stepped into my power just like you suggested and I had AC/DC playing in my head - great rock and roll - so there were plenty of songs to go around to motivate me. When I nailed the job, I felt so powerful - like I could do anything.

But that's not all. I've also thrown out the need to be defeated, grumpy and grouchy. I've thrown out the need to take everything out on my life and kids. I've thrown out the need to stay in my comfort zone. I've thrown out the need to think a book rejection means I won't get published. And I've thrown out so much more. All thanks to the help you've given me.

So now the only thing I'm stuck on - is living my life to the fullest - and treating everyday as a precious gift!

Thanks again for helping me to get off the road to nowhere - and on the road to anywhere I want to go. And by the way, I feel so motivated right now, I'd like to help other people who are feeling the same way I did not so long ago. So if you're ever looking for coaches, I'd be interested in becoming one and working for you - in addition to making a difference in my new career.

In closing, I look forward to reading 50 Things - and I wish you continued success with LifeDesigns. All the best in 2009 and beyond!

Ben L.

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Comment by Gail Blanke on January 11, 2009 at 11:08am
Ben, I want the world to know how incredibly proud I am that you have made such terrific progress towards living the life you love. And it means more than I can say that I was able to speed you on your way. This is just the beginning, my friend. And there's no limit to what you can achieve. And just for the record, one rejection from a publisher doesn't mean anything! Hey, when Fred Astaire first auditioned for MGM, the agent dismissed him and wrote in her notes: "Can't sing; dances a little." Good thing he didn't listen!! Thanks for writing. You've made my day. Maybe my week....

All the best,

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