Here is a plan to help you create a business that expresses your soul — and allows you to have a semi-retirement lifestyle.

​What’s possible with this plan:

  • By year 2: Part-time income, providing your authentic service.
  • By year 4: Full-time income, with 1–1 and group offerings.
  • By year 10: Full & somewhat passive income, allowing for semi-retirement, and being one of the best in your field.

Although this is called a 10-Year Plan, you might be able to speed everything up, depending on how effectively you implement this.

It depends totally on your quantity and quality of focus, and…

I’ve seen so many people get stuck about how to come up with the perfect professional title or succinct description of their work.

Here’s the secret:

It’s mostly a vanity exercise, unless you come up with a brilliant brand name, but that can take a lot of time. You can simply let it surface organically. If you keep waiting for that perfect name before you start your marketing, you might just go out of business.

You don’t need a perfect title or short description to start getting clients.

No matter what your title is, you’ll notice that your friends, colleagues…

(And my rebellious past!)

I’m excited to announce my new 6-month coaching program called TLC — Thoughtful Life Calendaring.

My expectation is that it will help a lot of you make consistent progress in your business, and create better self-care in your life, too.

We’re only into the launch for a few days, and I’m grateful that 21 people have already started the onboarding process. If the rest of this post resonates with you, consider joining us. I believe you’ll find it very beneficial.

Once you are ready to sign up, go to: TLC Coaching Program

Otherwise, read on!

TLC stands for “thoughtful life…

Deeply honored by this very generous mention, Shailaja. Your method of connection -- which is not really a method but an authentic way of relating generously with others -- is something I wish to see more of in the world.

Practice Joy in Every Task — George Kao

The secret to joyful productivity is learning how to find enjoyment in any activity — especially tasks that move your goals forward but isn’t naturally “fun” to do — being able to do what is important, no matter what it is, with a consistency of joy.

This blog post will offer some ways to learn this valuable meta-skill.

Muscle Memory

Let’s start with the idea of Muscle Memory.

Most of us can walk and talk at the same time. Yet we’re born with neither ability.

With practice, you can learn to type without having to look at each letter.

With practice, you…

Because the world is starving for genuine, win-win collaborations

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How do you feel about the word “competition”? For us self-employed people, that word can create anxiety and resistance. Being “competitive” tends to make human beings less cooperative.

Instead, I recommend using the term “niche mates” — other worthy human beings who occupy the same industry niche as us.

They, too, have families to feed, and dreams they hope to achieve. And, similar to us, they also have hidden suffering in their life that, if we only knew, would inspire our deep compassion.

The world is starving for genuine, win-win collaborations.

Let’s find a better way to think about, and…

30-second spiritual practice for joyful productivity

This is a simple spiritual practice that I do, multiple times a day, that has made a profound and positive difference in my work.

Since it takes only 30 seconds, I do it at least 3 times each working hour (except when in a meeting).

I call it the Energy Reboot. Several years ago I published a blog post and video about it: Energy Reboot 1. (If you haven’t tried the first version, it’s a good starting point.)

Over the past 6 months I’ve been using a new version, which I’ll describe below. This new one is a good follow-on…

When doing any kind of creating — writing blog posts, making videos, or outlining a course — I recommend following these 3 phases, in order:




If we get stuck on the project, or it doesn’t make an impact, we’re probably skipping one of these phases.

Let me explain.

(First, I’d like to give credit: the inspiration of this post came from Cal Newport’s podcast “Deep Questions” where he discussed his project framework: friction, flow, finalization. I’m reframing it here into something that may feel a bit more uplifting — “play” instead of “friction” — and I added…

After coaching many people on how to grow their business, I find this recurring issue:

Many people are not spending enough time on the right actions… therefore it’s no wonder their business isn’t growing.

What are the right actions?

My answer: The 8 Practices of Authentic Business.

But how much time to spend with each practice?

Let’s look at each one and how much time you might need to carve out. If you add up all the actions below, it’ll take about 10 hours per week, if done efficiently.

1. Joyful Productivity

Our time management should begin with scheduling in our self-care. By…

Here’s why

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My client was surprised:

“How do you get clients without promising results?”

Other business coaches had promised her piles of cash. When their methods didn’t deliver the kind of business results they sold, she blamed herself… “It’s not the coach… It’s my own fault.”

I used to promise results, too. Isn’t that the only way to get clients?

After years of marketing experience, I’ve learned that sustainable trust is based on honesty and caring, not hype.

What I now promise to my clients is the following:

  1. My content — the best of my ideas for them
  2. My structure — a…

George Kao

Authentic Business Coach & Author of 4 Books including "Authentic Content Marketing" and "Joyful Productivity"

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