It was around 2:30 pm. He was reading a book while relaxing on the couch trying to take a nap at home. He was on leave. All of a sudden, he received a call from the HR department from his office. The HR said there is a piece of bad news for you. “You are no longer our employee after this month. Please put your papers in as soon as you come to the office,” informed HR.

Don’t feel ashamed of if this happened with you because it is a part of corporate life. Sometimes, you resign from the company and some time the company asks you to go. What really matters is what you do after such fortunate or unfortunate incident (depending upon person to person).

While I was reading the book Carve Your Own Road authored by Jennifer Remling and Joe Remling, I stumbled upon a story of a renowned CNN News anchor Daryn Kagan who came to know that her contract with the company will not going to be renewed anymore. Which means the company was asking her to leave. Of course, it was tough to know this. But she took it as an opportunity to think about her life and get to know if she really wants to be an anchor who reports doom and gloom entire life.

Her introspection revealed that she did not like to report doom and gloom, but she loves to talk to inspiring people and write about inspiring stories. That is when she started her own website called DarynKagan.Com. Daryn now spends her time talking to inspiring people and write about them on her website. Eventually, she is doing great in this. Moreover, she has also authored two books ‘What’s Possible’ and ‘Hope Possible’.

Carve Your Own Road is a collection of real life stories of successful people who left their unsatisfying job or fired by companies to do what they really like to do and succeeded in them. Even Jennifer Remling and Joe Remling were also not satisfied with the corporate world even though they were doing great in their jobs. Their dissatisfaction with the corporate world gave birth to the project of this book where they interviewed successful people who are living a fulfilling life and find out how they did this.


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Here are some tested and proven techniques that can help you to design your life the way you want to. The techniques are extracted from the book Carve Your Own Road.

Clarity: You should be very clear about what you want to do and how you want your life to look like. For Daryn, it was about talking to inspiring people and write about them. Hence, her website was born. It is like buying a ticket for a trip. If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you figure out how you want to go and most importantly why you want to go?

Setting goals: Once you know what you want to do in life you need to set goals. The goals should be so big that makes you inspire. You should set weekly, monthly and yearly goals if possible.

Visualisation: People miss this part which leads to unaccomplished goals. Visualisation of goals is so powerful that your mind starts working on your goals and gives you ideas that can help you to achieve your goals with ease. Set a few minutes aside in the morning to visualise your goals.

Taking action: Act on your plan. If you are clear about your goals, visualising them and have inspiring goals then you will automatically get inspired to take action on your plan. If your goals are not pushing you to take action then you have to reconsider your goals.

Reflection: It is very important to reflect on your actions and results to know if you are on the right track. At the end of the day, you should reflect on your day. Get inspired by your achievements and try to avoid the mistakes that you have made.

Letting go: Some time we try hard to achieve something. Which is okay, but many a time we should do our level best and leave the rest on the power that we can’t see but it is there. The writers of the book Carve Your Own Road tried hard to find a publisher for the book but could not find one. They then started working on other projects. One day she received a call from a publisher to publish her book.


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Build a bridge for sustainable income

While you are planning to do something of your own, you should also find a way to sustain your life and of those who are dependent on you. One writer of this book was a recruitment manager. She started doing it on her own to support her lifestyle while writing this book. Source of income is very important.

If you are working for any company and want to follow your passion then find a less-demanding job so that you can work on your passion. Robin Sharma wrote his best selling book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari while he was working in a legal firm.

Either stay in a less-demanding job and work on your passion or find out freelance work and follow your passion. Once you start earning enough money from your passion then you can think of quitting your freelance job or full-time job. “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”- Oprah Winfrey.


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