macaroni & cheese

[Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a follow-up to this post). I’m getting a LOT of feedback from readers about that cliffhanger in my previous e-mail and blog post. Sorry about that. 🙂

It reminds me of my kids’ reaction when did a bait-and-switch with them last night before dinner: I told them we’d be having green chile stew–it’s a New Mexican thing–for dinner (one of my wife’s & my favorites, but my kids’ acted like they’d been asked to stick their head in the toilet), when we were really having made-from-scratch macaroni & cheese (their all-time favorite).

Anyway, I’ve been feeling reluctant to talk about something. But it’s long overdue, so here goes.

As you may know, my consulting business has literally taken over my life–in the best possible way. When I first started my consulting business nearly 6 years ago, I NEVER thought I’d be able to:

  • create a full-time job of it,
  • replace my day-job salary–and even QUADRUPLE it,
  • have WAY more freedom and flexibility than I ever thought possible,
  • AND be much MORE financially secure than I ever was at a “real” job.

It’s no stretch to say that consulting has completely changed my life–and my family’s (even though we still love homemade macaroni & cheese).

What’s been even more amazing is that since I started this website, I’ve seen the impact this blog has had on YOU by helping you with your businesses and inspiring you to create the life-altering changes that have propelled you to reach your goals.

I’ve been humbled and inspired by you all, and moved by the outpouring of support and thanks I’ve received from you–from literally all over the world–from Chile, India, Germany, Australia, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Mexico–over 160 countries in all. It’s been incredible.

So, here’s what I have been holding out on

I’ve been:

  • nicely asked
  • strongly encouraged
  • begged
  • pleaded with

to share the accumulation of what I’ve learned over the past 14 years of consulting–6 years being a fully self-employed consultant, plus 8 years of consulting I did as an employee. Now, I’ve resisted teaching this stuff, mainly with excuses like:

  • “I don’t have enough time,” or
  • “I’m too busy with billable work,” or
  • “I’ve got to make that mac & cheese.” (Yes, it does take me upwards of an hour and a half to make. I’m not the fastest cook, but it’s REALLY good mac & cheese).

In addition, I’ve got this perfectionist streak, and I know that I can’t go halfway with this project (I can’t even go halfway with mac & cheese). If I’m going to do this project, I’m going all in. I’m going to pour my heart and soul into it, it’s going to be amazing, and it’s going to completely transform your life.

What I’ve learned from you

Since I launched this blog, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a lot of you, and I’ve seen many of you ask the same questions and struggle with the same problems–even though you might be in completely different markets with totally different skills and experience, from personal wellness coaching to software development to small business marketing and on and on.

The issues you’re struggling with:

  • hold you back,
  • slow you down,
  • make your progress frustratingly slow, and might even
  • cause you to quit your business.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to learn how to avoid the mistakes most consultants make when starting out or trying to take their business to the next level. There are more efficient ways to build the kind of business that’s going to put you in control of your life. (Yes, you CAN have your mac & cheese and eat it too).

So, I’m seriously considering doing this

Despite my fears, excuses, and perfectionism, I am seriously considering pulling back the curtain and showing you everything I know about building a successful, profitable consulting business that will transform your life. This will be the info I would have LOVED to have had when I was just getting started–it would have saved me at least a full year of indecision and mistakes, and gotten me earning lots more MUCH sooner.

If I do this, it’ll be a LOT of work

I’m excited about sharing this stuff with you, but I know that this is going to be a huge project–but one with incredible outcomes.

only want to do this if there’s enough interest. So, I want to know:

  • What do you think?
  • Should I do this?
  • Would you be interested?

Your feedback and thoughts are absolutely the fuel that keeps me going.

Anyway, if you have a second, please e-mail me to let me know what you think.

It would mean a lot to me. As always, I respond to each and every comment and e-mail.

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