Are you an introverted, highly sensitive creative, struggling to fit into a conventional job? Are you tired of endlessly searching for your ideal career?
Stop looking. Create it yourself. This guide will show you how.
Any of this sounds like you?
"I'm too sensitive to hold a regular job."
"My boss and co-workers don't understand my introversion."
"I know I'm meant for something more creative, I just don't know what."
Being a highly sensitive introvert on the job market today is crazy hard. No one wants to hire us. They all want high-energy, sociable type A-personalities that work well in big teams, can juggle fifty things simultaneously and perform under pressure.
Have you ever seen a job ad requesting a "quiet, clever, thoughtful, perceptive and creative soul who loves people but mostly prefers to work by themselves in a comfy corner"?
I haven't yet. (And I've really, really looked.)
We introverted types often have to put on a mask when we go job hunting. And then another mask for when we get the job and need to keep up with the tempo and pressure of most work environments.
And if you're the multi-passionate, creative type? Then most jobs will also feel like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. You get bored and frustrated. You feel out of your element. Your boss and co-workers don't understand you, don't value you and don't know how to make use of you. And you end up unhappy and exhausted.
Does it have to be like this? Are we introverted, sensitive creatives doomed to a life of restless job hopping, 9-5 misery and broken dreams?
If you are tired of not fitting in and endlessly searching for your ideal career: Stop looking. Create it yourself. I’ll show you how.
Design Your Dream Job
THe highly sensitive creative's guide to becoming their own boss
This guide will help you take a DIY approach to your career.
So that, instead of desperately trying to find "that one job" that fits your complex personality, and instead of squeezing yourself into ill-fitting roles where your sensitivity and introversion are a disadvantage, you get to take your power back.
You get to re-write the rules. You get to shape your career (and life) around you, instead of the other way around. And you get to be free and making a living doing what you love. (And kick ass at.)
This guide will help you:
1. Figure yourself out
You are your biggest asset in business. And since you're designing your career around you, we first need to figure out who you truly are deep down. What lights your heart on fire and what turns you off.
2. Figure out what you have to offer the world
In order to make you profitable, we need to figure out what it is about you that other people want. You have a lot to offer this world. (A lot more than you think.) By mapping out your unique skills, passions, quirks and life experiences, we can design a career where these assets are front and center.
3. Figure out how you want to work
There are many more ways you can make a living aside from a conventional employment. You could be a freelancer, a coach, a consultant or an entrepreneur. Here, we'll explore these options, look at the pros and cons of each one and decide what strategy is best for you.
4. Release your fears and doubts
Have you thought about doing your own thing for quite a while, but have been held back by fear and doubt? It's time to get rid of your insecurities and limiting beliefs once and for all. We'll look at the ways your introverted, sensitive, creative personality can actually be your advantage in business. And you'll get answers to common questions like “How do I network/market myself/convince people to work with me if I’m a shy introvert?”
5. Gather courage and motivation
Once your fears and negative presumptions are dealt with, and you realize that this independent career creation thing is actually doable for you, we need to boost your courage and motivation. So that you get the fuel you need to actually make stuff happen. Be prepared for some tough love here. We might be sensitive souls, but we are badasses too, so I know you can take it.
6. Make an action plan
Enough of the dreaming. It's time to get down to business. This is where we'll make a solid plan of action for you. You'll get all of the strategies and tools I have gathered over the years and used to create my ideal career. And if you're stuck in a job you hate, we'll plot your escape from 9-5 drudgery.
Along the way, you’ll get plenty of examples of other people like us who have succeeded in creating fulfilling careers on their own terms.
You’ll get exercises, tasks and step-by-step instructions that help you go from dreaming to doing.
And you’ll get lots of love and support from someone who has been we’re you’re at and knows exactly how you feel. (Yours truly.) So much of the advice out there is conflicting, overly complex or catered more to extroverts. I promise not to overwhelm you with a thousand "do this and do that", or force you into someone you're not.
Full table of contents:
How to use this book
Chapter 1: Why you are miserable (and what to do about it)
Chapter 2: Be your own boss
Chapter 3: Business building 101
Chapter 4: Let’s talk about you
Task: Figure yourself out
Chapter 5: Who are you going to serve?
Task: Find your ideal audience
Chapter 6: Is your business idea profitable?
Task: Validate your idea
Chapter 7: How do you want to work?
Task : Visualize your ideal day
Chapter 8: Choosing your business models
Task: Pick your business models
Chapter 9: What makes you special?
Chapter 10: Your story
Task: Write your story
Chapter 11: What’s your mission?
Task : Write your mission statement
Chapter 12: What’s your special sauce?
Task: Find your flavor
Chapter 13: Mindset
Task: Become your own therapist
Chapter 14: So, when do you start your new career?
Task: Set your launch date
Chapter 15: Setting career goals
Task: Find your hustle & grind
Chapter 16: The art of self-learning
Task: Create a self-study curriculum
Chapter 17: You don’t have to do this alone
Task: Choose your mentors
Chapter 18: Setting up home base
Task: Get your business infrastructure in order
Chapter 19: Selling (and why you’ll love it)
Chapter 20: The art of copywriting
Task: Write up your offers
Chapter 21: Getting noticed
Chapter 22: Create generously
Task: Plan your signature content
Chapter 23: Spreading your content
Task: Find out where your target audience hangs out
Chapter 24: Building your community
Task: Create an email opt-in gift
Chapter 25: Building relationships
Task: Find your business allies
Chapter 26: Creating your own opportunities
Task: Go out and get some work
Chapter 27: Getting stuff done
Task: Establish self-care routines
About the Author
Who am I to tell you all this?
As you might have guessed, I've been exactly where you are now.
For a long time, and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had so many interests, I couldn't possibly pick just one of them. So I tried a bunch of different jobs and careers and I did my best to fit into them.
I put on my mask in the morning. I performed to the best of my abilities despite always feeling uncomfortable and disadvantaged. And when I got home, I was exhausted and irritable.
Eventually, I grew tired. I was burning out from trying to keep up with everyone else, trying to prove myself, trying to fit in and play by the rules. I felt hopeless and depressed and sorry for myself.
But I also got pissed off. I knew I had talents. I knew I could be of use to other people. I knew I was capable of so much more than my employers would let me.
I had this itch to break free and be myself, not just outside of work but in it as well.
That's when I decided to create my own career from scratch.
I took a long, hard look at myself and all of my talents and passions. I taught myself the skills and information I needed to turn those passions and talents into a job. I connected with other people like me, and people who would gladly pay me to do what I loved. And after 10+ years of exploration, hardships and valuable lessons, I reached my destination. I am now free, independent and making a living doing my heart's work.
You can too. And it doesn't have to cost you as much time and trouble as it did for me. You don't need to wander around confused and make all the mistakes I made.
That's what Design Your Dream Job is for.
This guide is for you if...
- You are a highly sensitive introvert with big ambitions, multiple passions and lots of creative dreams… that you just don’t quite know what to do with yet.
- You currently work at a job you hate. Or just feel really “meh” about. Where your talents are totally wasted and your sensitivity and introversion are a constant source of pain and misunderstandings.
- You are unemployed and de-motivated, wondering where the hell you fit in.
- You are in college but are starting to have second guesses about your chosen path. (Been there myself.)
- You currently have a job that you really should be satisfied with, but you’re not. You crave something more. Something that feels more “you”.
- You are a bit of a rebel. You have issues with being told what to do and you prefer to call the shots yourself. (*high five*)
This guide is not for you if...
- You're pretty content with the way things are and you'd rather not rock the boat so to speak.
- You're looking for quick fixes and magic formulas.
- You prefer other people to tell you what to do.
- You're afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone, even if doing so would allow you to spend the rest of your life more in your comfort zone.
- You're afraid of hard work, even if that hard work is for yourself and your dreams.