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August 15, 2006

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Sierra Ray

Tom,
Being a believer of grace, and it's presence in my life...your newsletter and the sharing of this email couldn't have been more appropriate for me right now.

I just woke from a sleepless night after coming home from the vet- leaving a sick cat whose vet bill was already over $1300 when I left him at 1am (I don't have children yet...but he may as well be now, with the nice little investment we made last night! :)

Anyhow, I recently decided to start my own coaching company- something that I've dreamt of doing for years...and like you, have also have conversations with my fiance around wondering if I should get a 'regular' job- where I can make a better contribution to the household. After getting the news of the unexpected expense last night, I broke down thinking that I couldn't handle another financial blow (feeling more and more like I'm going into debt over chasing my dream while handling the financial responsibilities in life)...and still expect my self to be of 'settled-mind' with my clients. I seriously questioned AGAIN, what I was doing and if I had completely lost my mind in following my dream.

I am very blessed with the love and support of my fiance, who on a regular basis FORCES me to keep my eye on the prize no matter what...even as I was crying on his shoulder last night in the vet's office. Your comment of "I don't believe we were put here to live a 'safe' life" and "everything you've gone through is perfect" really spoke to me. Sometimes the worst feeling I'm left with is the guilt and expectation of myself to already be more than I am SO FAR in my business...and how it affects the people I love (as well as my bank account). Thank you for the reminder that we're here to play a big game (a game TO WIN!!!!!!! :)... for I needed to hear it at the start of a day where I could have retreated into a different state of mind. :o)

It just goes to show, the more transparent we are in our own development, the better chance we have of touching others.

Thank you to you both for sharing your exchange and your grace!

Sierra Ray
Core Development Coaching
Sacramento, CA

Marianne Douglas

I'm glad you posted the email you got from the person who thought you were annoying and bragging along with your response and theirs. This brings up the situation that many of us face who are trying to be in business. How do we share what we know without sounding like we're 'annoying or bragging'? What if we have something we know works? How do we convince people?
We live in a world where someone is always trying to sell us something which has made us wary of all messages. Yet if we don't stay open, we often miss some of the most amazing people, services and products that some wonderful people are offering the world.
You Tom are one of those people. Your team activities are without a doubt one of the most popular parts of the success course I wrote for teens. I don't believe my program would have been the success that it was without the personal training I had with you and the ability to access your team activities for my class.
Thanks for all you do and for being one my mentors. I'm where you were several years ago but you inspire me to keep going knowing that if you can do it, I can do it especially because you're right here with your site, you newsletters and all the other products you offer.

PS...I am one of those people alays asking you how you do what you do. My best to you as you continue your journey and to your former "annoyed" subscriber.

Dr. Jeffrey Barr

Tom,

Thanks for your energy, leadership and encouragement for getting us to step out of the Safe-Zones and pursue our potentials.

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