Making Tough Decisions: interview with Laura Roeder

    You know what I think is one of the awesomest things about being your own boss? You get to make the decisions. No running it past 5 committees (while sitting in meetings with bad coffee). No need to justify it to a table of frowning people – you can hop in and make it […]

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Trying to find ‘your thing’? Here’s a clue: you’re probably driving everyone around you crazy with it.

In my first year of changing from my old work into my free range life, I met up with a friend who had moved overseas and I hadn’t seen in years. Over coffee and sticky cinnamon rolls I told him what I was doing now and how much I loved it. He looked at me […]

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Can you be a “Highly Sensitive Person” + create a thriving business (or own-boss career)?

  Ever feel like you’re ‘too’ sensitive, or get overwhelmed too easily? And sometimes worry that might get in the way of really growing (or even starting) your own-boss career? Then this video is for you. How do people run businesses when they are a Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP?). And what might come up day to […]

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6 ways to stop procrastinating (even if you’re really good at it)

The other month I realised I was developing a procrastination habit. It was creeping in, slowly (much like that innocent toast-crumb covered plate and knife on the sink can morph into a crockery pile of “did we have 20 guests over yesterday and just not notice?!” proportions). That one’s not just me, is it? You’ve been […]

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How a simple photo project got 4 million fans + a #1 bestselling book (7 lessons from the rise of Humans of New York)

I came across Humans of New York several years ago. Then, it was a Facebook fan page with some photos, and maybe 30,000 fans. I think the main reason I looked at it was that another page with the word ‘humans’ in the title got me curious. However within 20 seconds of browsing the Humans […]

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Ever Wondered What Turning Your Disadvantages Into Advantages Looks Like? THIS.

The other day I came across someone doing something that I just had to share with you. On the face of it, this guy’s business idea isn’t unusual: he sells jewellery. However, the creative way that Gavin Escolar, an immigrant in a new country who had to take a job as an Uber driver to […]

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A story of “finding your thing” (and a part of these stories that’s rarely talked about)

One of my favourite things about what I do is that I get to hear some wonderful free range stories. Like this one which landed in my inbox the other day: Hi Marianne and team, I just want to say really big thank you. 18 months ago (give or take) I was mixed up, frustrated and had no […]

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Ever wonder where you fit in the world? Read this:

I’m writing this to you from a peaceful villa in Bali. Landing here (on my annual migration) I meet so many diverse people. So many wildly different reasons people come to this tiny island. As with everywhere in the world, there are so many ways of doing life and work. But what got me is: how often […]

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Do you get inspired with a new idea… then drop it the next day?

  “It happens to me all the time”, she said. “I get really inspired with a free range idea, and for that moment it’s the most exciting in the whole world! I’m so sure I’m going to do that thing… then a day or a week later I’ve completely lost interest, and drop it.”  She shook her head […]

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Why “how can I get paid to do what I love?” is the wrong question (read this if you’re still looking for your one big “passion”)

    Why “how do I find that big thing I love, so I can get paid to do it?” is the wrong question. Let’s take today as an example: This morning I was in love with being alone, making lists. (What can I say, it was a list-y kind of morning). At that moment […]

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