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March 31, 2021 – JOLT – Special Sale: Making the Most of Foolish Times

“Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. Believe nothing and trust no one. Just like any other day.”
– Unknown

OK, the joke’s on me, but it came a day early. . .

as I found out both of my main websites had been hacked with malware. Too bad the hackers weren’t just playing a mischievous trick. 🙁

As in all of life, however, we take the good with the bad. The good news is. . .

My publisher of Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Restnotified me yesterday that Amazon had ordered a lot of extra inventory and therefore had put the book on a special sale! I’ve never seen it priced this low, and even bought copies for myself because they’re cheaper for this limited time on Amazon than buying directly from my own publisher! 

SO, if you or anyone you know has had a challenging time around work this last year — or is even considering making a conscious, well-thought-out and highly informed career shift — THIS would be the time to get a copy. . .or 4 (the purchase limit)!

There are SO MANY folks slogging through the frontdoor of career transition these days — struggling with resumes submitted online to be one of THOUSANDS applying for limited roles — that anyone having this education in a “backdoor,” stealth approach will always come out better and land quicker.

It’s not about “informational interviewing,” (which all but says you need a job) but about connecting through relationships into the “hidden” job market. Given that 80% of all jobs are filled before they’re ever posted, the backdoor is the way into the biggest piece of the employment pie.

And, little is it known that a stealth, behind-the-scenes, research-based approach to educating oneself and connecting with executives and thought leaders in one’s areas of passionate interest has been even BETTER during Covid times. . .because those executives and thought leaders are working from home, like everyone else, and way more reachable.

And did I mention endorsements from Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner, to name a few?

So, if you’ve got $3.32
 to put toward yourself or someone you care about (or 4 x $3.42 to put toward four people you care about), today would be the day to grab some copies!

Tell you what, to sweeten your gift to them, for every receipt you forward to me from your purchases, I’ll give you a one-time code for a 25% discount on the companion online program I created to go along with the book, Dream Job Lifeline. You can forward those discount codes to your friends, helping them even more.

Now, that’s looking out for friends in need in today’s recovering economy. And that’s making the best of foolish times.

Happy April Fool’s.

Think differently, play a better game.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got the best of foolish times?

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”
– Will Rogers

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March 24, 2021 – JOLT – Urging for Emerging?

“I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.”
– William Stafford

The image of the butterfly looms large. . .

as we continue to crack out into the world ahead.

It won’t be “normal.” It won’t be a “new normal.” It will be mysterious and unpredictable.

Of course, that drives us crazy. We don’t want to have to think or be constantly alert. We believe that by some whack-a-mole process of knocking down one problem after another we will somehow arrive at peace.

But, as in the actual Whac-A-Mole arcade game, peace only comes and the moles only subside when the game is over.

Perhaps some serenity can be found in the midst of the game by accepting that moles ARE (and will forever be) and whacks are NECESSARY (and will forever be). Even holding this thing called “life” in the context of a GAME can be a source of peace in the face of ongoing moles and whacks.

A couple major holidays are on our doorstep, both involving the theme of emergence. As we embrace them, and our world-community emerging from a historical whack, perhaps we can find some hope in the idea of new beginnings.

Even as times are all so serious. . .perhaps a side wink, nudge and smile directed at one another in acknowledgment of the butterfly game we all signed up for can create some much needed space for the mystery to unfold.

Think differently, play a better game. Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got urge to emerge?

“You are emerging from the cocoon of your former self. There are no limits to the extent of the transformation that’s possible for you.”
 Marianne Williamson

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March 17, 2021 – JOLT – Checkin In: Last Days of Learning Opportunities Approaching!

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.”
– Pema Chodron

So much anticipation is brewing. . .

as the world goes through the lunging and retreating cycle, making its way toward being free again.

Cruise lines are now charting “trips to nowhere” for vaccinated patrons, while whole countries are instituting full lockdowns again. Some states are flinging wide the doors while, at the same time, warnings of variant surges dominate the airways.

It may come sooner, it may come later, and there’s definitely still a long road ahead, but there’s a flickering light emerging at the end of this chrysalis-of-a-year tunnel: freedom is on it’s way!

The question is, what You is coming out of this cocoon? What do you have to show for your Self?

Dorothy was told by Glinda the Good Witch, at the end of her adventures with The Wizard of Oz, that she could have gone home at any time, but she had to learn that for herself. Scarecrow then asks Dorothy what she learned.

Her answer was hers, but what’s yours? What can you list as your new gifts, values, directions, awareness or insights for living? How is a better version of You coming forth?

As we all eventually bust out of this encasement and stretch our new wings, getting a clear sense of your Self that flies beyond these times will somehow make it more bearable. . .if not eventually worthwhile.

It sure beats being a victim to it all.

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got last-chance learning opp?

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
 Robert Frost

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March 3, 2021 – JOLT – Feeling Comfortably Uncomfortable

“The more you seek the uncomfortable the more you will become comfortable.”
– Conor McGregor

There’s a dance which many resist learning. . .

which is the dance between authenticity and growth.

Authenticity is at a premium today, and people/prospects/potential partners smell it out.

We’re bombarded by ads and emails and social media so much that our nose sniffs first for authenticity before we put more than a split second into any distraction from our day. . .which promotions always are. Are they real? Are they selling something? Can I trust them?

Yet, there’s an actual learning process to be authentic! Think about it: we’re not raised to be authentic. We’re raised to make sure we look good, do things right, look like we’ve got it together and things under control. . .which is completely inauthentic.

But any venture of becoming a better version of ourselves involves us doing things differently than we have in the past. Thinking differently. Acting differently. We only grow outside our comfort zones.

And, for many, that feels weird and “not me.” But that’s only if you base your definition of the authentic “you” on who you’ve been in the past and the ways you’ve operated in the past (aka, “comfort zone”).

No easy answer here, and yet the dance of growth relies on giving up old comfort zones of being “myself” so that a greater “my Self” can arise. Which means trading in an old sense of authenticity for a new one. . .that may feel really weird for a while.

In what area of your life can you dance toward a new authenticity today?

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got comfortably uncomfortable?

“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.To make progress, you have to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”
 Peter McWilliams

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February 24, 2021 – JOLT – Expecting the Unexpected? Pray That You’ll Get It!

“It is strange, but true, that the most important turning-points of life often come at the most unexpected times and in the most unexpected ways.”
– Napoleon Hill

If you’re anyone like me. . .

you attempt, at some level, to control life.

And, of course, in its basic survival sense, that’s understandable and even necessary for our mental, emotional and physical well being.

Yet, if we jump to the other major dimension of our lives — the spiritual — too much of that good thing for survival can be a bad thing for our development.

Have you ever had something favorable occur in your life that’s so outside of your current reality that you can’t help but be present to a new possibility for living and, perhaps, even a new concept of yourself?

Many of us have, and we can name them. But most of us don’t invite them.

The controlling interest our ego has in determining our best path forward (aka, safest), what’s right  for us (aka, comfortable), and how everything should go according to our plans (aka, what we “know”) doesn’t leave much room for turns of events or new situations that cause us to grow (aka, risky, challenging, unknown) and become more of who we CAN be.

So, if you want to pray for something radical today, have it be for something to occur that knocks your socks off and opens you up to what’s really possible for you and a totally upleveled self concept.

Once you get a taste of your unexpected prayers being answered, you’ll become like Pavlov’s dog, salivating at the new you awaiting you every day.

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got unexpected prayers?

“To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”
 Oscar Wilde

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February 17, 2021 – JOLT – Did You Add Value On Purpose?

“If you add the value you will become the brand. Find a way to add more value than anyone else does.”
– Tony Robbins

A player (my term for “client”) shared of her commitment, at the top. . .

of her New Year dreams list, to add value in every interaction with another.

It had me remember a bit of wisdom from the late Buckminster Fuller in his idea of “precession.”

He describes how a honeybee, going after nectar as its main intention, actually causes a side-effect of pollinating the world, so that plants can grow and we can eat.

But that’s not what the honeybee has in mind. It’s just after nectar, and is simply in motion to get it.

Bucky talked about the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.

So often, we can get caught up in our long-game thinking: Are we fulfilling our purpose? What’s the meaning in what we’re doing?

Bucky’s idea of precession tells us that, if we simply keep moving forward with the intention to add value, we’re actually doing what we’re here to do. . .because we never know, like the honeybee, what positive side effects we’re creating, many of which we may never know.

So, do you want to fulfill your purpose today? Keep moving forward and add value: wherever, whenever, however, and to whomever you can.

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got purposeful value add?

“Little did I realize that my desire to add value to others would be the thing that added value to me.”
 John C. Maxwell

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February 3, 2021 – JOLT – Can I Interest You in a Monthly Clean Slate?

“If I don’t think about anything and start with a clean slate, in terms of what I have to do, a lot of different ideas come up, and I can think about things more openly.”
– Namie Amuro

Elvis sang “If every day could be just like Christmas”…

but what if the beginning of every month could be just like New Years?

At least, in today’s world, why the heck not? We can use every bit of empowering mindset manipulations available these days, yes?

Remember when the New Year started, just 34 days ago, and there was this overall excitement at beginning newly, afresh with new hopes, intentions and possibilities for a better life, a happier year and a greater YOU?

OK, so 34 days have come and gone and some of those possibilities have been challenged. You may have already even become frustrated at moving those intentions forward.

But, do you realize that you have a unique access to power that enables you to refresh at any moment? It’s called your mind and imagination.

Ralph Waldo Emerson says this about ending a day:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
How about, for this year in particular, we give ourselves the right to end and begin every month this way?

OK, sure, you can play at the elite level and do it daily too.

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier 

Got monthly slate wipe?

“This year? Clean slate. Of course my past is checkered. But we’re dealing with the now.”
 Simeon Rice

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January 13, 2021 – JOLT – Happy Hope Year… 7 Day Trial Extended!

“Contrast is the mother of clarity.”
– Os Guinness

The 7-Day Trial of 2021 may have failed, but…

what if it’s exactly what we ordered?

Crummy thought, right? But hopefully we can gain solace from the truth about life that says you have to know what you don’t want to get what you want.  

That contrast/clarity element spelled out in the Law of Attraction philosophy kinda sucks when you’re on the contrast side. But, we all know that life moves in cycles, ebbs and flows, ups and downs.

The good thing about rock bottom is. . .there’s only one way to go.

May all of us begin to sense and feel some upticks as we fully clarify how we want to move forward: individually, as a community, and in our world.

Happy Hope Year! (7-Day trial extended to 30!)

Radically yours,

CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got hope year, take two?

“This piece of contrast that you hate is the very thing that you asked for on a vibrational level in order to bring clarity to you. That you want more than life itself.”
 Abraham Hicks

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December 30, 2020 – JOLT – Happy Hope Year… A Generational Impact

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

A New Year thought and wish for you…

as we draw the ritualistic mental, emotional, and spiritual line of demarcation: generate hope.

Many years ago (, I paid some outfit to research my family history, coat of arms, etc. They determinded that the Gurney family motto was: “Dum spiro, spero” which translates from Latin to “While I breathe, I hope.”

I think it’s a fitting resolution to bring into the new year.

There’s so much ruckus this year about dropping 2020! We can’t seem to get out of it fast enough. Yet, we’ll face the very same challenges we’re in now at 12:01am on 1/1/2021.

However, the ritual is critical this year as it gives us, even though illusory, something to stand on to look higher: the last calendar year under our feet.

What could possibly change at 12:01am on 1/1/2021 might be the direction to which you turn for hope. My wish is that your New Year be one of generating hope.

Generating is not looking to find it out there, though you may find signs. Generating doesn’t depend on the outer world, but in creating. If the world outside of us is weak, for the moment, in its “hope reserves,” we each have the generating power to feed the grid.

So, I encourage you to feed the grid, in whatever creative ways you can, so we can all look forward to a wellspring of hope emerging from our joint efforts ahead.

Happy Hope Year!

Radically yours,

CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier 

Need help in planning your New Year career, business or personal life? Schedule a session hereCrazy as it sounds, what if there’s HUGE forward movement possible for you out of 2020? You likely won’t discern it on your own. I can help you see what underlies the seeming chaos. 

Got hope year?

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
 Alfred Lord Tennyson

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December 23, 2020 – JOLT – Last Call! Red Pill Living in 2021 – Book Pre-Order Ends Tonight…

You win some, you learn some…

and, therefore, you always win.

Easy to say, yet requires a mountain of growth to live. . .ESPECIALLY as we mature in life (aka, grow older).

The tendency in later years is to avoid trying something new until we feel assured we’re going to win, because we don’t want to “look bad” or fall on our face. Saving “face” is everything. . .so we end up not even trying.

But that makes life more the same, or even less. We shrink rather than grow. We climb inside a proverbial “box” versus continue to find our greater and greater Self expression.

Seriously: look at any area of later-in-life living and check to see if folks are taking chances and continuing to learn or playing it safe while “looking good” and you’ll find a lot more on the safe side.

If you’re interested in more Self expression — in your career, in your relationships, in your health & fitness, in your finances, in your dreams and purpose — then, at some point, you have to start taking chances, playing “first” (before you have the i’s dotted and t’s crossed), and assuming the risk of winning by learning.

Choose the Blue Pill, stay safe. Choose the Red Pill, face exciting uncertainty and grow.

If the latter appeals to you, I encourage you to take advantage of the last hours of the pre-order campaign for The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life’s Radical Second Half, my newest book available until tonight at 8pm PST at 

Should I have waited until Covid and the world’s chaos had passed to launch this pre-order campaign? Maybe. . .but that’s retrospective Blue Pill living. The Back Forty is about the courage to take risks later in life to become who we came here to be and do what we came here to do. And that only happens by getting on the playing field.

You’ll find lots of bonuses available with your pre-order if you get it in today, which I’m DOUBLING for these last hours (1 coaching session becomes 2, etc.). And, we will get to start playing together immediately as we move into the New Year to not only make-over ourselves but help to make over our world.

See the bonuses (you’ll get DOUBLE what you see), pick an option to receive the only ever first-run autographed copy of The Back Forty in the New Year, and let’s start Red Pill living together!

Radically yours,

CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier 

Got a Red Pill way of Back Forty living?

“You take the blue pill…the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

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