Five things to do before
you kick your day job’s
     ass to the curb.



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     ...
You’re tired of your soul-sucking day job.

Tired of selling your brain and not doing the kick-ass
creative work you were ...
It’s OK to be scared.

But the starving artist?

The tortured, destitute, starving, bleary-eyed artist?

You don’t need to...
Think about it: you were given these awesome creative
gifts for a reason. If you don’t use them then what good
are they?

...
I know the fear & uncertainty. I am intimately familiar
with the the “oh shit” moments. And I know how it
feels to be in a...
Declare Your Independence

Create a Vision

Steal Time

Hatch Your Escape Plan

Start Now, Dammit!




                   ...
Thing 1:
Declare your Independence




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Declare Your Independence


            There’s something about saying it out
            loud that makes your dream to ch...
Declare Your Independence




Then think about the things you want:

  Freedom to spend your time as you will.

  Opportun...
Declare Your Independence




       Shout it
        Write it
        Paint it
         Sing it
   And hold on to it.



...
Thing 2:
Create a Vision




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Create a Vision

This chapter could be called “What do you want and Why do you want it?” But that would be
too long...


I...
Create a Vision




If you have no destination then anywhere is fine, right?

Onward!




                                 ...
Create a Vision




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Create a Vision


Here’s a typical story of someone who had no direction
or vision:

Young gal fresh out of college with a...
Create a Vision




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Create a Vision

Sad, huh?

Unfortunately it’s where the majority of us find
ourselves. It’s really not our fault.

No one ...
Create a Vision




It’s time for you to take back your brain.

Take back your time.

And go after what you want.

Not wha...
Create a Vision



Time to put your dreams on paper.

Make them real.

What do you want out of leaving your day job?

What...
Thing 3:
Steal Time




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             alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
Steal Time


Do you have time to paint or draw?

Play your music?

Write your novel?

Follow your dreams?

No? Why not?
  ...
Steal Time




  Bullshit.
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Steal Time


That’s right. I don’t believe you.

You have time.

You’re just choosing to be a couch potato instead of
maki...
Steal Time




        Stop Watching TV.

In fact, cancel cable, quit the dish,
        trash your antenna.




          ...
Steal Time




Stop Wasting Your Lunch Hour
playing Farmville on Facebook.




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Steal Time




    Stop staying up ‘till 3am
correcting entries on Wikipedia.




                            http://thriv...
Steal Time




  Find your time sinks.

 Beat the ever loving
shit out of them and
steal back your time.




             ...
Steal Time


Because it’s your time.

You only have a limited amount.

Why waste it watching LOST when you could finally:

...
Thing 4:
Hatch Your Escape Plan




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                  alexia@thrivecr...
Hatch Your Escape Plan

Now that you’ve declared your independence, you have
a direction, and you’ve taken back the time y...
Hatch Your Escape Plan


Plans don’t have to be long, drawn-out, complicated
things.They can look something like this:

  ...
Hatch Your Escape Plan


Or your plan can look like this!




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Hatch Your Escape Plan

Still not sure about planning?

What’s the very next thing you can do (in less than
20 minutes) th...
Hatch Your Escape Plan




Once you have a plan, or at least the very next step...




                                   ...
Thing 5:
Start NOW, Dammit!




                 http://thrivecreativecoaching.com
                alexia@thrivecreativeco...
Start Now, Dammit!




What are you waiting for?




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       ...
Do you want to quit your soul-sucking day job?


If you’re itching for more, or if you just want to find out more about me,...
About Alexia...
Hi, I’m Alexia Petrakos & I’m the Thriving Artist Coach.
After quite a few years floundering in web develop...
About Alexia...

I also learned that I need support to get my stuff done. When I started working with a coach and
meeting ...
Image/Photo Credits & License


Screaming Girl on Page 7: Marek Bernat
Old sheet of paper on Page 10: Przemyslaw Szczepans...
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* Declare Your Independence from day-job drudgery.
* Create a Vision for your new life as a self-employed creative.
* Steal Time from yourself to work on your dreams.
* Hatch Your Escape Plan to get out of your soul-sucking day job.
* Start Now, Dammit!

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    1. Five things to do before you kick your day job’s ass to the curb. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    2. You’re tired of your soul-sucking day job. Tired of selling your brain and not doing the kick-ass creative work you were meant to do. You often drift off daydreaming about what it would be like to say “Shove it” and drive off into the sunset... But you’re afraid. Artists don’t make money, right? Writers are drunks & borderline homeless, and forget it if you’re a musician. You’re destined for destitution and a very short life. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    3. It’s OK to be scared. But the starving artist? The tortured, destitute, starving, bleary-eyed artist? You don’t need to be one. In fact, it’s your duty NOT to be one. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    4. Think about it: you were given these awesome creative gifts for a reason. If you don’t use them then what good are they? You must create. But you also must make a living. Easy to say. Not easy to do. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    5. I know the fear & uncertainty. I am intimately familiar with the the “oh shit” moments. And I know how it feels to be in a soul-sucking day job. Because of that, I created this book for you. Here are 5 things you should do before changing up your life and taking control of your career: http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    6. Declare Your Independence Create a Vision Steal Time Hatch Your Escape Plan Start Now, Dammit! http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    7. Thing 1: Declare your Independence http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    8. Declare Your Independence There’s something about saying it out loud that makes your dream to chuck the day job real. Think about all the things you’re not going to put up with anymore: The long commutes. The micromanaging bosses. The endless meetings. The prostitution of your time and soul. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    9. Declare Your Independence Then think about the things you want: Freedom to spend your time as you will. Opportunity to follow your creative whims. Truly making it on your own. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    10. Declare Your Independence Shout it Write it Paint it Sing it And hold on to it. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    11. Thing 2: Create a Vision http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    12. Create a Vision This chapter could be called “What do you want and Why do you want it?” But that would be too long... In order to get somewhere you need to know where you’re going. Once you figure that out, all you need are directions and you’re off. Life is like a road trip. But let’s skip the lengthy analogy... http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    13. Create a Vision If you have no destination then anywhere is fine, right? Onward! http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    14. Create a Vision http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    15. Create a Vision Here’s a typical story of someone who had no direction or vision: Young gal fresh out of college with an English degree. She starts working for Corporation X because they’re the only ones who responded to her job applications, and because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Ten years later and she’s still a desk jockey fulfilling someone else’s dream and bored out of her skull. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    16. Create a Vision http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    17. Create a Vision Sad, huh? Unfortunately it’s where the majority of us find ourselves. It’s really not our fault. No one told us there’s another way. No one taught us to be independent. No one showed us to think for ourselves. And no one ever told us an artist can be successful. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    18. Create a Vision It’s time for you to take back your brain. Take back your time. And go after what you want. Not what everyone else says you’re supposed to want. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    19. Create a Vision Time to put your dreams on paper. Make them real. What do you want out of leaving your day job? What will it do for you? What is your dream? http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    20. Thing 3: Steal Time http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    21. Steal Time Do you have time to paint or draw? Play your music? Write your novel? Follow your dreams? No? Why not? (I’ll give you a few seconds to come up with your answer....) http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    22. Steal Time Bullshit. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    23. Steal Time That’s right. I don’t believe you. You have time. You’re just choosing to be a couch potato instead of making your dreams happen. Stop making excuses. So if you want to steal time to work on your dream.... http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    24. Steal Time Stop Watching TV. In fact, cancel cable, quit the dish, trash your antenna. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    25. Steal Time Stop Wasting Your Lunch Hour playing Farmville on Facebook. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    26. Steal Time Stop staying up ‘till 3am correcting entries on Wikipedia. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    27. Steal Time Find your time sinks. Beat the ever loving shit out of them and steal back your time. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    28. Steal Time Because it’s your time. You only have a limited amount. Why waste it watching LOST when you could finally: ...write that novel ...finish that record ...paint your masterpiece ...launch your new life? http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    29. Thing 4: Hatch Your Escape Plan http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    30. Hatch Your Escape Plan Now that you’ve declared your independence, you have a direction, and you’ve taken back the time you’ve naively given over to stuff not in line with your dreams, it’s time to plan. Plans aren’t evil. I thought they were until I realized I was getting nowhere even with a vision. Vision without action is pointless. You can dream & “manifest” all you want. If you don’t do anything, nothing happens. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    31. Hatch Your Escape Plan Plans don’t have to be long, drawn-out, complicated things.They can look something like this: Save money Figure out how to make money. Go and do it. You can fill in the blanks as you go, but this is an OK place to start. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    32. Hatch Your Escape Plan Or your plan can look like this! http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    33. Hatch Your Escape Plan Still not sure about planning? What’s the very next thing you can do (in less than 20 minutes) that can get you moving in the direction of your dreams? When you’re done with that, what’s the next very next thing? Keep at it. Lots of small steps add up to some really big stuff. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    34. Hatch Your Escape Plan Once you have a plan, or at least the very next step... http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    35. Thing 5: Start NOW, Dammit! http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    36. Start Now, Dammit! What are you waiting for? http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    37. Do you want to quit your soul-sucking day job? If you’re itching for more, or if you just want to find out more about me, please visit thrivecreativecoaching.com. I can help you get from where you are—in a soul-sucking day job—to where you want to be—fully expressing your creative gifts and making money at the same time. And because you’re absolutely freakin’ cool and downloaded this ebook, I offer you the next step: Sign up for my 10-week email series answering 10 of the most-asked questions from creatives regarding the self-employed life. I’ll answer questions like: What if I’m not good enough? What if I hate marketing? What if I just sit around all day and watch TV? If this sounds like a good deal, go to http://thrivecreativecoaching.com/subscribe http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    38. About Alexia... Hi, I’m Alexia Petrakos & I’m the Thriving Artist Coach. After quite a few years floundering in web development while secretly nurturing dreams of art and finally becoming that superhero I always wanted to be, I decided to follow my own path. Not too long ago (early 2007) I left my last full-time job, which I held for millennia (actually, 2.5 years – it just seemed that way) and I haven’t looked back. Things aren’t quite as boring as they were before. However, there are three main things I wish I would have known before I left my last job : How to sort through and evaluate all the bright & shiny ideas I had How to set goals and follow through The right support & the right people are essential for independent folks Through a couple years of floundering and hopping from one thing to the next (crafting, freelance writing, freelance web development, data entry), reading any “follow your dreams” type book I could find, and finally finding a coach of my own, I discovered how to do what I love and actually make some money at it. I learned how to capture all of my ideas—no matter how silly they seem—and evaluate them based on how I feel about them, how well they fit with my purpose and how profitable they may be (that is, if I’m looking for a new business idea). http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    39. About Alexia... I also learned that I need support to get my stuff done. When I started working with a coach and meeting regularly with people on the same path both on and offline, things started clicking. I started moving, making stuff, connecting and actually doing business. And what you see now is the result. I help other creatives with their overwhelming volume of awesome ideas create a business that helps ‘em make money doing what they love. I’m a bit of an eclectic, as you can find out on my personal blog and on Twitter. I love reading everything I can get my hands on, dabbling in any art or craft that catches my fancy, and I’m also a bit of a geek. I’ve used computers since I was 6 (all the way back in the 80’s) thanks to my father who always kept up on the latest tech stuff. I started a blog before there was fancy blogging software back in college where I got my BA in Psychology, and have been straddling the tech/creative divide in most of my professional life as a web developer. Now, if you want to start working on your next life as a successful, thriving creative, go to my appointment setter where you can sign yourself up for a free mini strategy session. You’ll have my undivided attention for 20 minutes and we’ll discuss how you can start applying what’s in this ebook to your life and leave that soul-sucking day job. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com
    40. Image/Photo Credits & License Screaming Girl on Page 7: Marek Bernat Old sheet of paper on Page 10: Przemyslaw Szczepanski Dead End sign on Page 14: Lars Sundström Bored Girl on Page 16: Christie Merrill Cow on Page 22: Justus Kindermann Punch on Page 27: Sanja Gjenero Mind Map on Page 33: Jon Gosier This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. http://thrivecreativecoaching.com alexia@thrivecreativecoaching.com

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