Monday Morning Motivation:
3 Ways To Make The Most
Out Of The Life You DIDN’T Plan!

(Editor’s Note: This piece ran in its original format on 8/27/2012)

I’ve been a bit introspective this month, thinking about how far we’ve come over the course of the last couple of years. To say it’s been light years would be a bit of an understatement.

I do quite a few interviews and one of the questions people always ask me is, “What’s next?” You know what my answer is?

“I have no idea.”

It’s not that I don’t have goals or dreams or aspirations. It’s just that I had no idea I was going to work for nearly two decades in TV news, lose my job, my breasts and my hair before ultimately finding out who I am.

So what do you do when the life you plan for yourself doesn’t materialize and instead is replaced with one that wasn’t even on your radar? Can you still be a “success”, whatever that is?

The answer is YES and here’s how!

2. Be Ready

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"Every single experience you have leads you to this place." Who said that? I DID! And this is why everything you do, even the less-than-stellar experiences, you must be open to. Think of this as one long graduate studies course. Years ago, when I was a cub reporter, I went out on stories with photographers and watched as they shot and edited video (yeah boys and girls, they used to use something called, VIDEOTAPE).  That wasn't my job but the more I learned about THEIR job, the better and more well-rounded I became. Now I use what I learned in the field every single day, which is how I was able to shoot this product review, in my house and edit it myself on my Mac.