Megan Peterson long had a vision for a better, more client-friendly way of matching chemically dependent people with appropriate caregivers but had resisted taking it to the marketplace. Finally her husband gave her the nudge she needed to put her concept—and herself—to the test. After working in the addiction field for more than 15 years as a counselor and pharmaceutical representative, she took action and started 2nd Chance Counseling Service. Her passion is to help patients who need that second, third and tenth chance.
Moustafa Hamwi knew his fast-lane, materially successful life was leaving him empty. He went to India, searching for his passion and purpose in life. When a swami asked him what he was thirsty for, he realized he did not have a clue. “If you do not know what you are thirsty for, you cannot quench your thirst,” the swami said. An award-winning author and speaker today, he is one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of passion and is often called, “The Passion Guy.”
VICTORIA PYNCHON, After laboring for 25 years in the field of high-stakes business litigation, took a mediation course that changed her business and her life. Nearly a decade after receiving her degree in conflict resolution, Victoria has built a prosperous business called She Negotiates. She provides consulting and training and, importantly, is helping women close their own personal gender wage gap. “If you haven’t negotiated an increase that’s more than 2% or 3%, then you’re being underpaid. “If you are a high-performing employee and you are being undercompensated, then do something about it.”
Maryam Webster was coming into her own. At 28, with grad school behind her, a promising career in psychology and marketing lay ahead. Then, a drunk driver on a London street turned her into a paraplegic. Doctors told her she would never walk again. She regained her mobility in nine years and turned a 30-year career into a joyous new business. “Every Woman Changes” empowers mission-driven women entrepreneurs with a healing and helping focus to "Be the Change" they want to see in the world by permanently transforming inner limitations, and creating profitable movements for social good.
Jay Block’s credentials include not knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up and being fired by his best friend at age 39. Soon after this humiliating event, he began working harder on himself than anything else. And it was this single transformation that would forever change his life and his career. Today, Jay is recognized as America’s #1 motivational career and rapid employment expert. He is a best-selling McGraw-Hill author of 12 titles, including 5 Steps to Rapid Employment, and has helped tens of thousands of people achieve workplace success and fulfillment over the past 26 years.
Lin Eleoff is an internet business lawyer who shows women how to turn a coaching practice into a business that not only makes them money but makes them happy. And it starts when they finally “woman up.” Lin calls starting your own business an AFGO, another freaking growth opportunity, “because it throws everything at us. The question is, are we up for that challenge? I tell my coaching clients: this isn't just a plaything. If you are serious about this, you are going to have to ‘woman up.’ That means becoming a businesswoman as well as being a coach.”
Carolin Soldo knew she had hit a tipping point. “I looked in the mirror and did not recognize myself! I didn’t feel like a woman anymore and I just wanted to have myself back again. As with everything else in my life, I knew I had to do this all or nothing.” She is the founder of Brand Your Passions®, From Passion to Profits®, and The Powerhouse Coach®. She specializes in helping passion-driven women bring their skills to the world and launch thriving online coaching businesses with international reach, make an impact, and create free and abundant lives.
Mark Podolsky ventured out of his native Midwest and took a chance on a new landscape he loved: Scottsdale, Arizona. His new investment banking job paid him well, but he hated everything else about it. In fact, Mark says, “It was hurting my soul.” So, now that he knew what he didn’t want, what would he do next? Now he is known as the Land Geek, and is widely considered the foremost authority on buying and selling raw, undeveloped land within the United States. Actively investing in real estate and raw land since 2001, he has completed over 5,000 unique transactions.
Steve Lawton says you don’t have to ski into a tree at 45 mph to learn how to grow through a crisis. After his near-death experience, he views each day of life as a bonus. Key to his recovery is his unrelentingly positive attitude, and 8 proven practices. He shares insights into neuroplasticity and our ability to shape the patterns of our brains through our consistently practiced attitudes. He’s the author of "Head First: A Crash Course in Positivity," a story about his attitude that literally saved his life
Anna Cragin was halfway to her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, with visions of pursuing two great loves—teaching and figuring things out. Then, reality set in. Far too many graduate students were chasing far too few jobs. Anna faced the pivot point of her life. Now, as the Productivity Advisor at Freeficiency, she is teaching online entrepreneurs how to improve mindset, reduce anxiety, and design their ideal life through effective time management. She applies her research to design ways to work with and around our brains to reach our goals in business and in life.
Jake Ballentine was on academic suspension at the end of his first semester at college. He was tempted to say, “I didn’t really care about college anyway!” Self-consciousness about his dyslexia, he believed he was only good at sports and music. Then, on a mission to the Pacific Northwest, his outlook brightened, and he said to himself, “Hey, I can really DO this!” His life was about to be transformed. Today he is an award-winning motivational speaker, especially with high school students, a musician, the author of "Your Number One Goal," and a contributing author in Jack Canfield's "Living the Success Principles."
Dr. David Almeida’s best-selling book, “Decision Procrastinations: Seven Antidotes to Decision Procrastination,” blends the spheres of medicine, science, business and leadership to present new concepts and strategies for successful decision making. “It's a hybridization of medical, surgical and business techniques in a framework you can apply to both professional and personal decision making.” Today, he shares his PACT plan with listeners.