Wish Me Luck!

by Dennis Blank

After months of reflection and searching, d'blank settles on a new life plan...

Dear Coach Lou:  Well Lou, I have a plan. I know the original idea was to have a plan by next Spring, but I knew what I wanted to do, I'd given it careful consideration, and it just seemed pointless to wait another six months to make it official. Plus, it's going to take some work to implement the plan and if I start now I can use the winter to get organized and be ready to hit the ground run Dear Coach Lou: Well Lou, I have a plan. I know the original idea was to have a plan by next Spring, but I knew what I wanted to do, I'd given it careful consideration, and it just seemed pointless to wait another six months to make it official. Plus, it's going to take some work to implement the plan and if I start now I can use the winter to get organized and be ready to hit the ground running.

 

So here's my plan. First, I'm going to write a book. This sounds so incredibly self-absorbed to me I am compelled to add that I have no illusions that the publishing world is sitting around waiting to start a bidding war over my musings. I've read the statistics, and the odds are pretty long against it even being published, let alone selling beyond my circle of friends and family.

But it really doesn't matter; this is something I'm doing because I want to do it. I may even need to do it. I've been working on it daily for a couple of weeks now, and have convinced a former college from Time Inc., a guy named David Smith, to help me organize it. David is a very accomplished guy who has himself, had a book published and is a wonderful painter. He's been a big help already. A big shout out to Jeremy Koch (What'sNext's CEO) for the idea of working with someone like David to help develop my writing; I would probably not have thought of it on my own.

It would be only natural to say what the book is about, but I don't want to do that now. It's certainly not because I think someone will steal the idea, I'm just not ready to talk about it yet. Call it superstition.

But wait! There's more! Next spring I am going to move to Warren, Ohio. I'm looking into a couple of things to do there. The first is to volunteer at the business incubator planned for the community, and I have begun making inquiries with a couple of local politicians to see if they can get me a conversation with the right people.

I also plan to start a new blog that will deal with local issues, but the specifics of that are not well formed and would probably sound a little whacky if I said much about them now.

Lou, you know as well as I do that moving back to Warren may not be a really wise thing to do. I certainly have some reservations, but at the same time it is something I just have to do. It may not be forever (how many things are?) but I'm going to give it a shot.

Finally, Lou, you are just a real peach. You made the last six months of contemplation so much more focused and productive for me, and you took a lot of the stress out of the process, too. I even came to appreciate your lists -- although I'm still not into the visualization thing. I feel really fortunate to have had you as an advisor, but even more fortunate to have you as my friend.

So, this book writing business is a lot of work, and since the goal of the Life 3.0 blog was to deliver a plan, I'm declaring "Mission Accomplished" and signing off. If anyone is interested perhaps we can provide an update in a few months.

Adios pal,

d'


 

Dear d'

My response to this post is bittersweet. I am so happy that you have a plan and that we successfully launched Life 3.0. Even though you wanted to take your time and insisted that you needed a year for to commit to a plan, I had a sense it would unfold before then. All you needed to do was let go of old beliefs and focus on creating it.

Honestly, combining your love for writing and helping Warren could not be more appropriate. Those two things kept rising to the surface in all of our exchanges and your passion for both will lead to the accomplishment you desire. i have not doubts about either one being the right choice for Life 3.0.

I am so proud of you and excited for what the future brings. Can't wait to get to read the book. I hope you change names to protect the innocent :-)

Sadly, I too have enjoyed connecting with you every week for the last several months. it has been a highlight in my life. Thanks for the invitation, your trust and your friendship. I will miss coaching you in this blog and being a part of this journey. Please give me and other readers updates on your ventures.

Life 3.0 goes on. Live it well.

 Love,

Coach Lou


Coach Lou is a co-founder of Chain Reaction Partners, an executive coaching and leadership training consultancy in Boulder, Colorado.  d'blank is the author of The Daily Blank blog.

 

 

 


by Dennis Blank | Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | Career Change, Dream Careers, Hiring a Life Coach

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