“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
–Charles “Tremendous” Jones
Admittedly, it sounds a bit like a circus act. You go to a camp in the mountains of Colorado, and you spend your weekend with a bunch of people you met on the internet: a magician, an inventor, an artist, a sculptor, sales people, a bike racer, a guy who does bike tricks, a former truck driver, a former commercial pilot, a computer geek, business and career coaches, financial coaches, a mother of twelve with a catering business, owner of a barbecue restaurant, a building contractor, an ADD coach, a Fibromyalgia coach, and a college professor.
What are you, nuts?
No, just a Free Agent Academy member. Free Agents are a group of real people in pursuit of meaningful work. These are amazingly creative and successful people with the common desire to use their God-given talents and skills to help others. Real people…real success…real passion.
The “Pied Piper” of this group is Kevin Miller, son of author and career coach, Dan Miller. Kevin has a passion for helping people achieve business success and has built a community just for them. This was not your typical business conference. The speakers (Free Agent Academy professors) are experts in their respective fields, and their presentations were very interesting and jam packed with helpful information. The breakout sessions were insightful and helped each of us walk away with a three step action plan for our various businesses. The professors were there for the small group sessions, for meals, for all of it – and available to answer our questions. It was a great opportunity to get to know them and to see their genuine passion for the work that they do.
Each morning began with a walk to a nearby lake with a view of Pikes Peak. What a way to start the day! The view and the camaraderie of walking with fellow Free Agents were priceless.
If you asked these people what brought about the changes in their lives from where they were to the business owners they are today, they would undoubtedly trace it back to two people: Dan Miller and Kevin Miller.
A year ago, I was miserable. I was exhausted and had lost my passion for work and life in general. One day, I decided to do something I normally did not do – go to lunch. I tuned in to the Dave Ramsey show on my car radio, and he was interviewing his good friend, Dan Miller. Dan is author of the books 48 Days to the Work you Love and No More Mondays. The titles intrigued me, so I read the books. In fact, I read them twice.
Fast forward to today. I am once again passionate about my work, have started my own business, lost twenty-five pounds, traveled to places I’ve never been before, met some amazing people, and even jumped out of an airplane. Looking back, I am amazed at the changes in my life in just one year…and it all started with one person and his books. That one person, Dan Miller, led me to another, Kevin Miller. These two are “life changers”.
Have you read any interesting books recently or met any new people? Is there some part of your life that needs changing for the better? If the answer is yes, then prayerfully seek the resources you need to make that change. Chances are it will be a person…or a book. If that change involves work, check out 48 Days to the Work you Love, No More Mondays, and Free Agent Academy.
A year from now, where will YOU be?