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About Me

A Life of Serial Job Changing

My name is Jackie Smith and I live in Sheffield, a large city in the North of England.

Welcome to my website and if you don’t mind spending a few minutes with me, I can give you some idea of who I am, what my experiences have been and how I can help you come up with a business idea if you are searching for one or if you have one already help you refine it to fit you perfectly.

If you are reading because you are searching for a way out of your current work situation or are seeking a more creative, fulfilling and meaningful way to spend your working day  and earn what you are worth, I warmly & sincerely welcome you here.

Whatever the reason it is important to do something that fits in with who you are and how you want to live your life.

I know absolutely know how it feels to be where you are now.

The search for work happiness has caused me a lot of stress and mental pain over the years, and too many to count arguments with people close to me who thought I was "difficult to please" or "a bit lazy and didn't really want to go to work" and a whole lot more, even worse words of discouragement

Like many work tortured souls I have been searching  my whole adult life for the perfect job but it has never appeared in any newspaper or become available through any recruitment agency.

The sad truth is...I finally realised!

The perfect career will never exist in a building where you have to start and finish at a time appointed by others, are allowed the privilege of 48 hours of not working each week, affectionately called the weekend and you accept the other luxury of 30 days in the year where you can be absent with the manager's permission, romantically named your holidays.

All for the bargain price of a set salary each month!

But, I also learned...

The happy truth is you can create your own dream work full or part time and I want to show you how to discover a living that will stir your soul and doesn't suck the life out of you.

Let me tell you a bit about me (listen)

Listen to "About Me" on Spreaker.

My Rubbish Corporate Career

I have been going to work from Monday to Friday for over 35 years and in that time I have never had a job I ever progressed in because I could never find one to fit me properly.

Like wearing shoes half a size too small, I always felt just a bit uncomfortable most of the time.

Apart from 10 years continuous service in the RAF which I enjoyed but had to leave, over the last 26 years I have had 23 other admin jobs so, on average a new one each year.

I also had a Saturday job from age 14 for 4 years so if you count that, I have been at work for 40 years now.

So the reality is, no one can ever say I was work shy.

From the age of  28 onwards, I have moved from role to role in search of my dream one only to find each time there was eventually, usually something I hated about it.

The role itself changed,  sometimes it was the customers, a member of the team, a manager, an owner, the organisational ethics, the hours, most definately the pay, but always something I used as an excuse to move on again, in the vain hope the next one would be better.

Each time I changed jobs, it was with the most sincere intent to stay and do well.

Each time I said to myself this was the one I would try harder at, or stay longer at but it it wasn't to be.

What I didn't realise was the problem wasn't the job, the problem was me.

I didn't know myself well enough and I wasn't surrounded by people who had any other experiences than the one I was having.

I didn't know any one in business or any freelancers who did their own thing.

I just followed what everyone else did, which was leave school and get a job because I didn't know any other way.

I didn't realise you could actually design your own job or think outside the standard job box

Now, I realise after a lot of mistakes, learning from mentors and doing my own research...

Life is too short to be chained to someone else's vision of what your day should look like

There are other ways to live your life and be happy and the root problem isn't money it is commitment to change.

You have to decide what you want first then take steps to get there.

Now to add context to what I do now, Let's move on to...

My Rubbish Business Attempts

I have attempted in the real world to start a business online in several areas, travel, food, finance, relationships and a couple more and failed and also started an off line business with my husband.

We started a property management company whilst we lived overseas which also failed.

On reflection, none of them were ever going to work because I went about it all wrong and didn't listen to my own internal dialogue or stand back and look at who I was or how I did things.

The start up with my husband went very badly and nearly destroyed our relationship.

But we are here to tell the tale and have learned a lot from the experience and now don't think of it as failure.

A Word About The Word Failure!

It is such a devastating, confidence kicking, misery inducing  word isn't it.

My definition of failure back then was a bad one and I gave myself a very hard time about it, it knocked my confidence for absolutely years and I wasted SO MUCH TIME criticising myself.

Not only that, I allowed others to criticise me too thus re-inforcing the perception of failure in my own mind.

What I didn't realise was you should "never ask travel advice from people who have never left home"

Never a truer word spoken don't you think, perhaps that might resonate with you and your situation.

Looking  back at life now through my rear view mirror

My definition now of failure is there is no such thing.

All events along the way are a learning experience and without it I wouldn't be able to understand retrospectively why those ventures never worked out.

Nor be able to explain to you how to mitigate potential problems before they start.

I have learned a lot from my mistakes in the past, they are serving me well in the present and will continue to do so in the future.

The upshot of all this "failure" was I had to go back to a regular job doing regular things because I was missing the vital pieces of the jigsaw and instead of looking for answers I accepted it because it was the easiest option and I didn't know how else to change the situation.

I have since learned in very start terms;

I wasn't organising my life properly and choosing my business idea around the Life First Work Second principal, nor was I choosing a business in line with who I was

I was too busy listening to the follow your passion brigade, an ideal I no longer subscribe to fully.

There are so many, many more more things to consider than just passion for something, and following it may not be the best advice for you.

So now I hope...

My Journey Is Your Opportunity

If you are on on that slow boat to job hell and what I have experienced resonates even just a little bit with you, then I can help you  find your dream life and fit your career around it, not the other way around.

I don't want you to experience the same drain on your life  I have endured for YEARS  because of a lack of knowledge or a helping hand from someone who has been where you are now.

It has been a natural thing for me to become a Life First, Work Second Career Coachas it allows me to help others like you think outside the job box and use my natural talent of seeing the bigger picture to connect dots between what you love to do and come up with creative income streams.

The Life First - Work Second approach  has allowed me to understand, there is another way of looking at work and life and how the two can be successfully woven into your own successful life and business.

You too can do work that inspires you and motivates you and makes you want to get out bed in the morning.

If you would like to get started by yourself  today, I can offer you

Would You Like Some 1:1 Help?

If you would like to know more about what I can do for you, head over to my services page, see if it is what you are looking for and if it is then don't hesitate to get in touch.

The clock is ticking, don't suffer the criminal waste of time like I did.

To your success.


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