6th April 2011

GPOYW: with Charlie Hoehn at TEDxCMU this past weekend. Little did we know at this point that we were about to give very similar and complementary talks about being bold and doing things you enjoy. (Talks will be live on YouTube in a few weeks.) 
Don’t know Charlie? He’s awesome. Most recently, he helped write and market The Four-Hour body. You should also read this hilarious post about his adventures in Argentina.  GPOYW: with Charlie Hoehn at TEDxCMU this past weekend. Little did we know at this point that we were about to give very similar and complementary talks about being bold and doing things you enjoy. (Talks will be live on YouTube in a few weeks.) 
Don’t know Charlie? He’s awesome. Most recently, he helped write and market The Four-Hour body. You should also read this hilarious post about his adventures in Argentina. 

GPOYW: with Charlie Hoehn at TEDxCMU this past weekend. Little did we know at this point that we were about to give very similar and complementary talks about being bold and doing things you enjoy. (Talks will be live on YouTube in a few weeks.) 

Don’t know Charlie? He’s awesome. Most recently, he helped write and market The Four-Hour body. You should also read this hilarious post about his adventures in Argentina. 

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Passion Disconnect + the Barrier to Adventure

1st April 2011

I’d argue the problem with “making things happen” is not due to our inability to take action. It’s also not due to our inability to believe. I think the issue lies in not knowing why we do. When we don’t know why, we never discover what’s deeply fulfilling and satisfying. There’s something always missing.

On the other hand, when we seek adventure and give ourselves room to play and explore, we experience the answer of what excites us. When we know what excites us, taking action is easy and we realize why we’re doing it in the first place. 

I think the problem with reasonable and societally-accepted behavior is that we train ourselves to pursue planned paths and stable foundations. As a result, we never have the opportunity to discover and chase what makes us truly feel alive. 

My solution: Be unreasonable in the pursuit of your dreams.

ps - I’m speaking at (and closing) TEDxCMU on Sunday. I’ll be talking about about modern day rebels and the art of being unreasonable. The event will be livestreamed, there are a number of incredible speakers, and I hope you’ll tune in. 

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Changing the publishing game

28th March 2011

Today, at the Domino Project, we’re announcing a significant breakthrough in book publishing, and it may be a first: the digital edition of a bestselling author’s next book is available for free, thanks to a generous sponsor. The next title is by bestselling author Steven Pressfield. He’s the author of the classic The War of Art.

From the announcement post:

Because most of the costs of an ebook are fixed (extra copies cost far less than additional copies of a paper book) there’s a great opportunity for a sponsor to subsidize the distribution–readers get the ebook for free, the sponsor benefits by being connected with a great work and perhaps some gratitude from the reader for bringing them an idea that might bring positive change.

The folks at GE have stepped up and they’re our first ebook sponsors. Beginning today until shortly after the Kindle edition is available on April 20th, the sponsored edition is free.

Click here, order it and it will be automatically delivered on pub date. You can read it on a Kindle, an iPad, an iPhone a PC and more. (If you already ordered your copy, your payment will be credited back to you).

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"If you ever need my help, just let me know"

21st March 2011

How often do you tell people, “if you ever need my help, just let me know?”

It’s a wonderful gesture and fully appreciated by the receiver, I’m sure. I’ve had two people tell me this via email in the last two hours. I’m sure I tell people this all the time too. 

That said, the question still remains: how can you help me? And most importantly, how do you want to help me? 

Don’t just tell people that you want to help them. Tell them how you want to help them.

Ask and you shall receive. 

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Let it be, let it unfold

17th March 2011

Sometimes, when we don’t know what to do about something, the best thing to do is to let it be.

To accept it for what it is in that moment.

To learn what the distance will teach us. 

To feel the range of emotions, uncertainties, and fears. 

To realize that getting to this point is kind of a big deal.

To relish in the small accomplishments.

To cherish the new beginnings. 

To learn trust in thyself and patience in the process.

To paint the blank canvas as we deem right.

It’s often easier to ask other people what they think we should do. But it’s far more difficult to look inside for answers.

Sometimes, slowing down to reflect on and appreciate the present will bring us everything we need to know.

Still yourself, and let the answer unfold.

"When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it."  - The Alchemist

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The Passion Experiment (aka how you can get unstuck in 4 weeks or less)

16th March 2011

Each week, I get dozens of emails from people asking for advice about overcoming obstacles, getting unstuck, and finding meaningful work. 

I love them.

It’s deeply fulfilling to watch people overcome their fears and act. Whether they’re going from no passion to passion or no freedom to freedom, nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than getting the email saying, “BIG NEWS!!! I made it happen!!! Thank you!!!” 

Those are the moments I live for.

Lately I’ve been overwhelmingly busy working with Seth Godin on his new publishing venture and launching my passion project revolution.is. I’m finding that I have less time than I’d like to thoughtfully answer incoming questions…

And that makes me sad.

So I’ve got an idea that I’m calling ‘The Passion Experiment.’

For four weeks, I want to work with two people who need direction and inspiration in their lives. We’ll work on one issue or problem that has you stuck. We’ll try experiments that get you out of your comfort zone and into forward motion.

These two people will get complete access to me and I’ll support you in every way possible. Each week I will hold you accountable and together we’ll watch you grow. 

I’m looking for two people who are committed and willing to invest in themselves. I’ll guide you and you’ll do the work. We’ll find a fee structure that works for both of us.

Interested? Shoot me an email (me @ heyamberrae dot com) and I’ll tell you how to apply.

To chasing dreams and pursuing what you love,
Amber

I am here to seduce you into a love of life; to help you to become a little more poetic; to help you die to the mundane and to the ordinary so that the extraordinary explodes in your life. - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

[Update: I’ve “graduated” sixteen clients and I have spots available for October through December. A full report is coming soon but in the meantime here’s a preview: In twelve days, Liz started a business and landed her dream client (plus two more!). In four days, Joel said his life had been changed and he was now on the right track toward pursuing his passion. Jenn said this is exactly what she needed to make change in her life. If you’re seriously interested in getting unstuck, fill out this form and then shoot me an email.]

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