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We have not met but I know you through your book Don’t
Just Retire and Die. I read it this winter and kept it with
me almost as a lifeline as I struggled with a vocational crisis.
I have taken a new position much more in line with who I
am. It is a lot of work. It is stressful at times. It’s
a serious challenge. And I LOVE it.
Thanks for helping me in my time of need.
- Jeffrey C.Lewis, Atlantic Challenge
While many people wonder what's next for them before or after
they retire, few have discovered the realistic, approachable,
gentle, and down-to-earth guidance Craig Nathanson provides
in Don't JUST Retire and Die. Craig offers the excellent point
that your life runs best and is most fulfilling when you're
going with your natural flow. Buy this book for yourself and
for all your family and friends. They'll thank you for it
as you all live more fulfilling lives.
- Paulette Ensign, www.tipsbooklets.com
Craig Nathanson asks us the sort of questions we need to
be asking ourselves. These questions stir us to reflection;
even more, they stir us to recover the large summons to live
our journey more fully. After all our roles have been fulfilled,
the questions remain: why am I here, in service to what, and
what wants to enter this world through me? This book helps
us all remember this very large summons to the task of our
- James Hollis, Ph. D. is a Jungian
analyst and author of What Matters Most: Living a More Considered
Don't JUST Retire and Die provides further proof that we
can create a purposeful livelihood and life for ourselves
today that only yesterday would have seemed like an impossible
dream. I highly recommend it!
- Richard J. Leider, Founder, The
inventive Group and best selling author of The Power of Purpose
and Repacking Your Bags
I bought your book P is for Perfect and carefully studied
your philosophy. Your work has made a difference in my life!
I appreciate all your wisdom and your willingness to make
this world a better place by teaching people to do what they
- Eleazar Bejasa - California
Just wanted to let you know, I enjoyed and appreciated your
article, "Over 40 and Laid Off?"that was in the
Cultivate Life! March 24th email newsletter.
Truly the best advice I have read - ie., to regard this as
a rare opportunity and as a chance to 'ease off the accelerator'
and contemplate/design our next steps.
Well done and my sincere thanks!
Happy New Year! I have been reading your newsletters for at
least a year or more, and I can honestly say that the January
2007 edition really struck me and gave me some much needed
inspiration for making some changes in my work life.
I am going to start with some small steps like you recommended,
and hopefully they will lead to something much bigger!
After reading Craig's book, P is for Perfect, Your Perfect
Vocational Day, and having a 30-minute coaching session, I
feel unstoppable in pursuing my true calling in living a vocational
life of passion and purpose instead of just existing in a
job during my mid-life years. Practical exercises and insightful
personal anecdotes make the book a must-read for any
mid-lifer aspiring to vocational greatness and personal coaching
sessions will propel you to take the practical steps to get
If you count the minutes from the time you arrive at work until
your workday ends when you can return home, then you may be
ready for a bold transition from your current employment to
’your perfect vocation’. If so, then you may find
"P Is For Perfect" by Craig Nathanson a godsend. He
guides you methodically step by step toward your "own"
Perfect Vocational Day, and ends with "The Vocational Passion
Assessment" which he defines as a "Tool for reflection
and action". Focus on the content of this book and be empowered
to find "your perfect vocational day"
-Linda Davis Kyle- Pathways Book Review-
P Is For Perfect is a fantastic book. You have to admire Craig
Nathanson's courage for sharing his story and his ideas for
others to follow.
- Yanfang Yang- China
Your Perfect Ps have given us the silent P of Permission,
permission to follow our dreams.
-J.B Humphrey, M.D. - California
In transition? Take the time and read and work through Craig
Nathansons comprehensive ten-step process.
-Robert Garrow, Canada Author, Ahoy
Mates, Leadership lessons from successful pirates
Craig Nathanson shares his vocational journey, sharing how he
achieved his Perfect Vocational Day
Craig outlines how anyone can achieve his/her perfect vocational
day by creating a vocational road map. I found this book to
be insightful, practical and inspirational.
-Rosemary Rodriquez - California
This book is both enjoyable and informative. P is for Perfect
made me think about what's most important in life. After all,
we all have a limited time on this earth. We should spend this
time doing what it is that we actually love. I would recommend
this book to anyone and everyone who wants to know how to live
a more fuller and a more meaningful life. Excellent book! :)
-Sofia Chughtai - California
Craig Nathanson's book is like a walk through nature in the
middle of a smoggy city. It's so refreshing to have someone
tell us it's OK to want to do something else for a living; it's
OK to stop choosing just on the basis of money. And he's walked
the talk when he tells us that it can be difficult to make a
change when everyone around you has trouble accepting the new
you. I have read many books about finding my true vocation,
and I have taken every personality and aptitude test ever invented,
I think, and this is the first place that I have ever found
any answers to the problem "But what if I don't know what
I want to do??" I would highly recommend this book to anyone
who is not perfectly happy with the way they spend their day.
The exercises in the book will really help you to focus on what
is really important and what it is that you are meant to do.
-Anita Flegg, Author, "Hypoglycemia:
The other sugar disease", Canada
This book is perfect for baby boomers who are questioning the
value of their work they do.
-Judith Schwartz - California
I really enjoyed P is For Perfect! It definitely is a book with
a difference. Very Personable!
-Susan Jennings, Author, "Save
some for me: Inspiration for single mothers and the people who
P is for Perfect is well worth the read!
This book is a very good resource, especially if you are a
person in mid-life who is considering a career change. Craig's
writing essentially provides "permission" to look
outside the box of our current vocations and consider moving
into fields where we have more passion. A bit of a scary concept
- at least for me. The book is well written and appears to
come from the heart. Included are numerous exercises to work
through. This book won't solve all your employment issues,
but if you are seriously considering a career change, it may
provide the "push" that you need.
-Doug and Roberta - San Francisco,
Just read your article "Happiness and Work: Your Life
Depends On It" on businessknowhow.com.
The article really rang true for me and gave me a real lift
as I am about to take a mid-life change of direction.
Thanks for the encouragement.
I wish I had found this program 10 years ago. But as you
say, it's never too late to make changes-and I'm seeing them
happen in my life right now as I follow your program. Thank
"Many times I find myself overwhelmed by my one thousand
new ideas that pop into my head every day. Craig's e-book
has been extremely useful in keeping me focused and directed
towards my goal."
Craig's "10 P's" is a great vocational guidebook.
Working through the "10 P's" inspired me - even
at 55 years old, that it's never too late to discover, and
pursue, your true vocational passion. Don't procrastinate
another day, pick up Craig's book and prepare for your vocational
Craig, As you say, it's never too late to make changes-and
I'm seeing them happen in my life right now as I follow your
program. Thank you."
I realized during our brief four months of discussions that
I needed to work towards my own business ventures with the
goal of leaving corporate America as an employee. I am now
progressing toward that path with a very focused
"Wow! What a great program - everything I need to change
my life is in one place. Thank you, Craig, for creating this
wonderful tool. Its value is priceless."
"I'm thinking about all the people in my life who would
benefit from this e-workbook. I can't decide who I'd like
to get it for first!"
-Suzanne Kincaid, Author
Financial Freedom On $1 A Day
"I love Craig Nathanson's work. And I love his E-Workbook
"Discover and Live Your Passion 365 Days a Year."
-Frank Traditi- Author Get Hired Now
Loved your CD, Discover and live your passion-
Too many people wallow in cubicle land in my opinion without
any meaning or significance to their work. You had a great
line from your audio CD, "I just could not keep doing
work that had no meaning to me anymore."
I think as you get older you just don't want to play the
games anymore. You're looking for something bigger and more
significant in your life. You don't want to submit a resume
and go through the beauty contest again. No more stupid job
fairs and filling out mindless employment applications. You
don't want to work for a 30 yr. old boss. You don't even want
telling you what to do. From the book 'Half Time' and its
sequels it says you move from Success to Significance and
then in very old age to Surrender. Of course with your no
retirement vocational attitude, I'd think you'd never surrender
except in those last few days if you're lucky enough and old
enough to be in a nursing home and know its your time to go.
Great food for thought, all your pearls of wisdom!
-Gary - Dallas, TX
This CD is an in-studio version of Craig's popular talk on
"How to Discover and Live Your Passion Now", based
on his book, "P is for Perfect: Your Perfect Vocational
Embracing change is not something most individuals do naturally.
Craig Nathanson's CD offers a walk through guide to individuals
willing to do a little work on themselves for themselves.
Craig does an admirable job of engaging the listener to follow
through to the next step or next "P". The people,
to whom I would recommend this audio CD, are not necessarily
limited to what Craig Nathanson identifies as his target audience.
I believe the tool has more potential than the direction he
has focused it in. Craig's initial personal examples of why
embracing change is necessary refer to some pretty dire situations
at an income level of which the majority of people can only
aspire. The "Prescription" he offers for Living
your Passion Now is suitable for many people of all ages and
situations. Craig's "10 P plan" can be just as applicable
to the average individual and includes examples which are
noted further on in the CD.
In the final "Putting it all Together" portion
of the CD, Craig makes the point that this is a very personal
process. He cautions to "not expect others to jump on
your bandwagon". I interpret this to mean you must be
your own cheerleader as you begin acting like the person you
want to be. This advice would be useful at the beginning of
the CD presentation as well, to acclimatize listeners to the
"thinking about self" process.
Craig makes a great point that "it is our negativity
that stops our creativity" and goes further to caution
that this negativity can be fueled by those around us. When
presenting a plan as personal as this one it is good to remind
the listeners that they are responsible to protect themselves
from their environment if it is restraining their creativity
or blocking them from taking action. Promoting ownership (another
P) is the key strength which runs throughout the presentation.
-Joy Hanley manages Academic Co-op
Programs for Saint Francis Xavier University, recognized 3
years in a row as Canada's #1 Undergraduate University
Craig Nathanson is a man who wants to get his message out
to everyone and is willing to travel far and wide to do it.
He gave a workshop to the patrons of the Hayward Public Library.
He encouraged interaction with the audience even though it
was a tight time frame. It is an encouraging example he gives
to people to find the work they were meant to do. He backs
it up with statistics and the experience of many of his clients.
He is a man on a mission and the mission is for people to
find their vocational passion and to pursue it. That's a great
mission to be on.
- Trudy Toll, Adult Services Librarian,
Hayward Public Library
At SoCo Depot Coworking site in Penngrove, CA, we are still
discussing the talk Craig Nathanson gave here on April 9th,
2009. He's a dynamic speaker who involves and energizes his
audience, but he's not just a motivational speaker who gets
people inspired and excited for one evening. His talk was
full of great information and concrete ideas that we could
begin to put into practice right away to create the change
we want to see in our work lives. We are all small business
owners at SoCo Depot and his information gave us a lot to
I've enjoyed his books and CDs and it's clear from the way
he fielded audience questions and stayed afterwards to talk
with attendees personally, that he's a phenomenal vocational
coach as well.
- Nancy Sinsheimer, Member SoCo Depot
Coworking site, May, 2009
I was in the audience at the CPC Job Connections meeting
in Danville Saturday 21 March but didn't get the opportunity
to speak with you after your presentation. It's just as well,
because I hadn't felt the full impact of your presentation
Since then however, I'm not the same person . . . .
I want to thank you for the huge impact your presentation
had on me, I was vibrating for the next 48 hours after hearing
you. The power of your pure joy and passion was so amazing
and the subject matter was exactly what I needed to hear -
you were there as a confirmation for me. Earlier in the week
at a hiring event, I had a conversation with a recruiter who
had encouraged me to follow my passion. I'd replied that the
last time I tried it didn't work out and I was devastated
as a result. I also felt like I didn't have the luxury of
trying again. After listening to you, I realized I actually
hadn't gone after my passion before. Rather, I may have hijacked
someone else's instead.
I love that not only do you show what vocational passion looks
like - as you seem to be radiating, sending out energy that
sparks those who are ready to receive it - but you also tell
us how to go about achieving it. Your steps seem so doable.
I made sure to take copious notes because it seemed to me
that it was those types of steps that I've been missing.
Then, after I left your presentation, I bought your P is for
Perfect book not realizing it covered exactly what you'd been
speaking about in more depth. The visualization exercise wherein
your 90 year old self provides advice was amazing. I went
to bed Saturday night meditating on my advice to younger me.
Though I never heard of vocational passion, I seemed to understand
perfectly what you were talking about. I've never been in
high ranking officer or management positions. Still, I too
have experienced what seemed to be my corporate job killing
me - I swore my spirit was dying as I felt so bad that I cried
at work every day and after returning home. It's been several
years since that job; I've been bouncing around with no direction
since my career change attempt didn't take. Even though I'm
in the category of little to no money or time, I continue
to work through your book and look forward to the outcome.
You have provided welcome and timely inspiration and jolted
my existing hope.
Thank you for your willingness to share your gift, show us
the way, encourage us to take the plunge, and be an excellent
role model of how it looks and feels. I see you doing this
work for a lifetime.
I hope that when I identify and embrace my passion, it is
as powerful and as pure as yours.
- Robin- California
I just wanted to thank you for your enthusiasm and inspiring
words. I especially noticed the way you encouraged me and
others without any trace of arrogance or threat to your ego.
It takes a huge leap of consciousness to know that one does
not have to "compete" with everyone else.
Thanks again for making a difference
- Linda- California
I recently attended one of your inspiring talks!
I'm going to commit the time Monday-Friday to work on the
10 "Ps" you gave us.
I am grateful.
- Mike - California
Craig, thanks so much! Your talk made me realize that I am
already on my way to living a authentic life!
- Ron - California
Craig lead our executive staff and board of directors through
our annual planning session in a creative, results-oriented
way! He gave us a good system for planning and follow-up throughout
- Jim Rieker, President/CEO
Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc.
The speaking event you gave at Cal State East Bay was absolutely
wonderful. The students loved your presentation and enjoyed
it. It definitely gave us something to think about. You make
a difference in people's lives- thank you!
-Ricky Wu, Zeta Tau Chapter of Delta
All of us were energized by Craig's presentation. It's
not every day that you are asked to think about the purpose
of your life. Craig not only encourages this, he also provides
a method for doing so. After his talk everyone was buzzing,
not only about what they would really like to do, but also
how they might accomplish it. Thank you again, Craig, for
Craig Nathanson's seminar was very inspirational and
gave great advice on how to pursue what you really want to
do in life.
Mr. Nathanson is an extraordinary human being with the dedication
and heart of moving people in the right direction, just what
the world needs more of. I thank you."
Craig Nathanson is a very inspiring speaker. As a college
student lost in many career choices and trying to get through
college, he helped me get one step ahead towards achieving
my goal and figuring out what I truly want to do in life Thanks!
"Craig Nathanson is an exceptional inspiring speaker.
He helped me understand what my purpose in life is and do
what I love."
- Tri Tang
Although I have not reached my mid-life yet, Craig Nathanson
had demonstrated that his ideas of pursuing your vocational
passion can apply to anyone of any age and it is never too
early to start. I have taken two of his workshops
and both were full of energy making the time go by quickly
and yet we learned so much! I walked away
from each of his workshops enlightened with lessons that can
only be taught by someone who is passionate about what he
When I took his first workshop, less than a year and a half
ago, age the age of 29, I had been at the point in my life
where I dreaded getting up in the mornings to go to work and
constantly looking forward to the weekends, however, I was
afraid of leaving since I had a mortgage to pay and did not
want to give up the benefits. I contemplated other investment
firms but did not pursue anything as I was not sure if leaving
one corporation for another would really resolve the issue.
I never considered anything outside of that realm until I
had taken Craig Nathanson's workshop. It helped me identify
what my passion was and realize that the possibilities are
endless and that was the catalyst for me taking that leap
towards a completely new career change from investments and
finance to travel and honeymoon planning and have since invested
in a travel/honeymoon/resort wedding franchise (www.joycez.allabouthoneymoons.com).
It is so refreshing to meet someone that validates how important
it is to try and pursue something we are passionate about
as for many of us, retirement may not be within our reach,
so why not do something we love where we would have no desire
Excellent presentation, every one was so inspired, as for
my self I have been giving my future a lot of thought, and
Craig's presentation helped me out, and made me think of what
I will be doing later on in life.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Nathansons presentation. I felt
he spoke well with clarity, he captured the attention of the
entire audience, and most of all touched on things or events
that are relevant in today's working and social world. He
gave people a better perspective of their own lives and decisions
that they will make later on in life. His presentation
made me look twice at my own personal short and long term
goals, career and family that make me think.
"What is most important to me"?
Many thanks to your speaking at CSIX. On behalf of CSIX,
we really appreciated. Your words had touch many of us and
we had learned the true meaning of Passion
Craig’s time was limited, so he focused on
the important motivational messages. He adeptly conveyed three
key points. First, through storytelling, he carried attendees
along the emotional path that leads to choosing to make a
life change. Second, he presented how self-change, rooted
in vocational passion, will exponentially impact relationships
and outlook for the better. Lastly, he outlined steps, hurdles
and strategies of re-wiring our life. Craig's easy to grasp
Ten P's made note taking a breeze. As they say – the rest
is up to us!
Catholic Networking Night
Many thanks for attending our conference and guiding our audience
to their passion. Your talk made us restless for finding our
own passion and working towards it. Thanks again for all your
Network of Indian Professionals
Craig, I would like to thank you for speaking
to our group. Your message about finding your passion was
well received and appreciated by our members. I hope to have
the opportunity for you to speak to our group again. Regards,
Douglas Herz Moderator, CSIX East Bay
Craig speaks of hope and possibility. He speaks
also with integrity and his whole heart. I came from a place
where I knew what I loved and what I am passionate about,
but was having trouble articulating it and figuring out how
to get there from where I was. With his encouragement and
practical assignments, such as writing a future bio, I was
able to create a picture of who I am and also create a brand
new resume that reflected that new picture of my true self.
I had the same resume for 10 years, so it was no small feat!!!
He gave me much needed feedback as well as countless ideas,
which I have already put into action. I am transitioning from
a career in which I am somewhat successful and decently paid,
but not truly doing my heart's desire, to one in which I am
passionate about and know that with perseverance, I will be
even more successful in since I believe it was what I was
born to do! I spent all my life attempting to live a life
based on obligation and trying to make other people happy,
which is how I ended up in a career that was not suited for
me. What I realized that my first order of business is to
do what makes me happy, and I do believe I am now doing something
better for the world. I highly recommend Craig's services
to help you manifest your heart's desire.
Linda M., Washington, D.C.
Craig,The workshop that you gave to General
Motors Baltimore Women in Manufacturing Organization was well
received by the attendees. In speaking with each of the women
after the event, it was apparent that everyone brought something
very personal away from the workshop that they hadn't considered
previously. It was important for our group to actually take
some time to reflect on what our vision of our perfect vocational
day could be. Thank you for your time and insight!
Dear Craig, Thanks for your efforts. You were a great radio
-Kate Williams, Chair-TMIE
General Motors-Powertrain- Baltimore
-Ron Visconti- KNEW Radio-
Thanks so much for giving your talk to us. Very inspirational!!
-Ginger Klasnich- Director Alameda
and Contra Costa county development
Craig, Your talk to us was inspiring and gave us all much to
I love the way you think!
Craig, I cannot tell you how many people LOVED your presentation.
You are a dynamic speaker and so articulate; friendly and really
good putting humor into the talk. Plus, you made a lot of people
Thanks again Craig. You’re one of few that make a difference
-Terry Thomas- International Association
of Administrative Professionals- California
Great talk!! I am currently reading ‘’P Is For Perfect:
Your Perfect Vocational Day’’ to learn more about
finding my vocational passion.
I loved your workshop. Thanks for everything! Really learned
-Gisele Mogan - Toronto
Thanks for sharing your passion! This workshop jolted me!! Thanks.
-Debra Pereira - Toronto
Craig, Thanks for being one of my inspirational teachers. I
know you are destined to touch many lives. Your workshop here
in Canada touched many. Many Blessings,
-Diane - Toronto
Your ten steps really convey things in a simple and basic way!
I really enjoyed your talk.
-Lloyd Stensrud - California
Inspiring workshop! I have been waiting for something like this
for the last five years. Thank You!
Motivational, Inspiring and appreciate the opportunity to learn
from you and re-think my future!
I am excited to keep the flame going!
-Name Withheld - California
Your workshop was very interesting and thought provoking. It
made me really focus on thinking about what I want out of life
and to put together a plan to achieve it. Thank you for your
-Monte Slavens- California
I found this workshop very refreshing. Craig provides some very
useful tools to help you identify your vocational passions.
-Kevin Fuller - California
-Name Withheld - California
Thank you!!!! I see your committment to your message!
-Catherine Marrs - California
I enjoyed this workshop so much. A great start for just what
-Name Withheld - California
Thanks so much for helping me push my passion to the forefront.
-Doug Babcock - California
A great overview. Simple, quick and practical.
Craig, Thank you for your stimulating talk which gave me food
for thought and action! You are BEST speaker I have heard. You
reminded me how important it is to focus on what brings joy.
Thanks again for making my day sunny!
-Gina Drakes - California
Craig, Thanks to your skills and talents, I have been reminded
to rely on my own
-Larry Hausen - California
Craig, Your sharing your experience, strength and hope provide
inspiration to those who that have been caught up in corporate
downsizing. Just loved your workshop!
-Catherine - California
I feel inspired after your workshop!
Craig, Your talk helped provided direction to my own transition!
-Larry Pennington - California
The workshop was timely and very easy to follow. I highly recommend
this workshop for anyone who wants more out of their life! This
workshop helps people progress with confidence!
-Dr. Pat Hayden - Washington, D.C.
Craig, Your talk was excellent! You are definitely doing what
the Lord put you on the earth to do! Bravo! Keep up the good
-Laura Edwards - California
Craig, I have learned so much from you. I use everything each
and every day!
-Marcia Fuller - California
This was excellent! Thank you so much. The choice of terms and
simplicity of the concepts is refreshing!
-Helene - Washington, D.C.
Your workshop gave me a construct with which to further pursue
my interests and talents that I have. Your workshop will really
help me to carry out my goals and live a very interesting life!
-Todd Johns - Washington, D.C.
I am now comfortable discussing self assessment...Thanks so
much Craig Nathanson.
-Sugi Shiva - California
Well done! Thank you!
-Genevieve Nixon - Washington, D.C.
Well done. This workshop covered just enough to provide understanding
in a short period of time.
I am very proud to be a student of Craig Nathanson, who is an
energetic, enthusiastic, and experienced professor. He helped
me identify my beliefs, values, capabilities, vocational passion,
and most importantly my strengths, weaknesses and future goals.
I not only learned alot from him, but also enhanced my thinking
process personally and professionally. He is an excellent person
to work with and his teaching and publications are very inspirational.
-Genevieve Nixon - Washington, D.C.
Well done! Thank you!
-Sugi R. Swaminathan- California
Craig, your work is done with sincerity; Your work is ripe filled
with pain and reality but also with true sincere ness and the
ability to help others, thank you!
Craig, your passion is inspiring, thank you!
-John Meyer - Toronto
Craig excels in teaching self improvement methods in a very
simple and effective way. Most importantly, the ideas which
Craig teaches can be used immediately. Working with Craig over
time will help to convert short term gains into long term progress!
-Ramesh - California
Craig Nathansons teachings should be a requirement for
all people. As a result of his program, I built a foundation
that truly reflects my values and beliefs. He provided the framework
to translate those intangibles into my professional life. His
teaching is a must for anyone wanting to find the right balance
between one's professional life and personal life passions.
-Bridget Lupia - New York City
A good and worthwhile workshop. Craig, your style and energy
and personal stories were wonderful.
-James Burn - Toronto
Good program! The exercises helped me gained new insight!
-John Rapinchuk- California
Craig, you are a captivating speaker; Excellent workshop!!
Great workshop-Thought Provoking- Stories and exercises very
insightful. I appreciate the personal attention given to all
Lauren Fong- California
Excellent workshop- Wow!
Thanks for your perspectives on approaching one's vocation
Your ideas have helped me focus- Thank You!
-Joel Moalem- California
I've been remiss in thanking you for taking the time to come
and speak to CSIX East Bay last week. As mentioned, several
of us are in a position where we are refocusing our careers.
Your ideas and support were greatly appreciated. You bolstered
our courage to change and permission was given, if needed
Again thank you.
just wanted to let you know that your workshop really had
an impact in my life: As you can see it made a difference
for me. It helped me to remain open to new possibilities and
not to remain stuck with a job I wasn't really happy with.
I try to keep this open-minded spirit.
Kind regards from Germany
I just wanted to say thank you for giving people hope and
encouragement in life.
Thank you for providing me with the tools and skills so I
today at least have the knowledge of how to one day find my
Take care, Craig and I hope that you'll continue to help
other people to realize their vocational passion.
-Lina Bengtson - Sweden
I was fortunate to be able to attend the CSIX meeting to hear
your excellent discussion on how to find the work you'd like
to do. I had attended the meeting at CPC Danville on 11/01/03
and bought your book P is for Perfect, Your Perfect Vocational
Day. After that meeting, I got a job which lasted until December
2005. Tonight, I finally read the book (I did the exercises
in my head), and have a greater appreciation of your well
- John Roberts - Fremont Ca
Thanks for being so open in your sharing this past Tuesday.
You're a very gifted orator and writer (you write simply in
a way that captures short attention spans).
I'd like to wish you much success as you pursue fulfilling
your needs and that of those around you.
I attended a workshop of yours over two years ago in Toronto.
I attended because I knew I had to make changes in my life,
and I guess I was looking for 'permission' to do what I wanted
to do, instead of simply going through the motions of my work
day life. I already had many ideas of what I would do with
my time if only I could break away from my 9-5 cubicle life!
I think I was also hoping to meet like-minded people, just
to confirm that I
wasn't being selfish, irrational or insane!
I had, from all appearances, a great job at the top of my
field. But the work was not appealing to me anymore....in
fact it was becoming pure drudgery. I felt I was giving up
my time to a company who only cared about profit, and meanwhile
the years of my life were passing by.
I left your workshop with a lot to think about, and knew
that I wasn't being selfish....I simply want to spend my life
MY way, using whatever strenghts and talents I have to enrich
others' lives in any way possible.
I have made many changes since that day. I left my high-profile
job, and I traded my life in the suburbs for a small house
in the country. My expenses are minimal, I don't have a mortgage,
my car insurance is less because I live in the country, and
I breathe fresh country air. I'm happy to have left the rat
race behind, and am excited to be able to explore different
types of work.
I read your e-mails of encouragement every month, and wanted
to let you know you are doing great work! You are helping
people to pursue what makes them feel happy and fulfilled.
We spoke only briefly when you were in Toronto, but you helped
me put my vague feelings into words, which in turn led me
make changes in my life. I wanted to let you know that you
made a difference in my life. Thank you
Today I am a certified fitness trainer, which was a sideline
of mine for the last fifteen years of my corporate life. Without
the 9-5 cubicle obligation, I now spend my days helping people
attain their fitness goals and make a positive impact on their
health. I derive great satisfaction from this (and it keeps
me fit too)! I also knit sweaters for children and dogs(another
long-held passion of mine) to sell at craft shows.
I admit it took a leap of faith to make the changes I made,
but I've always believed in listening to my heart - it's never
steered me wrong! I also have a very supportive husband. Thanks
again for helping me make the leap through hearing you talk
while you were in Canada.
-April Barker - Toronto
They say that "the journey of 1000 miles
begins but with a single step" and it's very helpful
when you have somebody like Craig cheering you on and helping
you along the way. His 10 P method has proven to be successful
in helping people who wish to follow their vocational inspiration.
In my case the journey is just beginning and that is what
it's all about.
- Peter- California
I always felt great after Craig and I talked. Craig Nathanson
helped loosen up my hold on money and got me started trying
things I needed to try in order to find out what direction
I should go. His approach is sincere and I will always remember
his pearl of wisdom to "go where the energy is".
I believe that in an indirect way, Craig helped me book a
trip to Peru, which looks like it is taking my life in an
entirely different direction than I would ever have dreamed
6 months ago. I am now interested in learning how to build
a sustainable cob house and how to support myself through
farming. I am just getting started, but I feel more clear
about my direction.
Thanks for making a difference in my life Craig
-Mike. M - Portland Orgeon
"Craig helped me to come to the realization
that having a career that fits me is as important to my health
and well-being as eating right and exercising. I never made
that connection before, and now I am pursuing a career that
is totally different than anything I have ever done, and loving
every minute of it. I am looking forward to the future, and
love learning everything I can about what I'm doing."
- Kathy- California
Thank you for the wisdom and for the encouraging advice throughout
our coaching sessions. As is for most people who become wise
enough to help others, I know it came from your own tough
- Kyle- West Coast
I highly recommend Craig Nathanson as a personal coach to
help you figure what career passion to pursue. I felt like
I always had a cheerleader to help me as I sought to find
the right career path for myself. Craig was always encouraging,
always upbeat, intuitive, and I could hear the passion
he has for what he is doing. I know my own career path is
more defined now thanks to Craig?s help!
- Tina- East Coast
"Craig Nathanson is an Inspiration, Confidant,
and Truly the Best Vocational Coach you could find to discover
the path to your Passion in Life."
- Richard - California
You know they say you are put in situations
or locations for a reason. I was at a conference where Craig
was presenting and I was at one of the lowest points in my
life-going through a divorce, reaching mid-life, not sure
if I wanted to continue in the same field of work, health
was taking a hit and I had lost over 50 pounds (of which I
didn't have to lose). I walked up to Craig and started to
talk and it was very apparent, I needed some help. After working
with Craig for six months and hiring him as my coach, today
I realize I really do love my job and it is where I want to
be for many years to come. I also have turned around my personal
life, I'm healthy as a horse and my weight is right where
it should be.
Thank you, Craig, for sticking by my side and
walking me through the low point of my life. Be careful, I'm
at a high point now and you never know what will happen next!
- Jim, CEO Midwest Financial Services
Thank you very much for all the effort, educational material
and all that you have provided during our coaching sessions.
It's been a good journey where accessing part of who I am
has not been necessarily easy; in part, it's been painful
but well worth it!!!
You have helped me re-invent part of myself and who I am
with respect to my profession and vocation that should reflect
only a well rooted passion in my soul. Though I'm still exploring
the Solar field; however, raising serious questions about
what I do and how I do it have been tremendous and significant
insight and contribution that you have kindly provided.
- Karim Bellaid
Thank you so much for your very helpful and professional
guidance these months. The transformation into the Art Coach
has blessed many lives. May you continue to inject passion
into the lives of others until the entire working community
is completely changed.
- Roberta Carasso, The Art Coach- Los
While I was going through the toughest time
of my life, divorce and loss of job I ran across Craig Nathanson
"the vocational coach". I needed so much help in
understanding my situation and also moving foward with a new
life, I hired Craig. Since I hated my vocation I knew I couldn't
go back, I was truely lost.
Through his materials and one on one coaching he was able
to guide me in sorting out my vocational problems. He was
able to frame my thinking in a way that led me out of that
mess. I am now on my way in my new endevor thanks to Craig.
He's an awesome coach and now a good friend that I'll be thankful
- Craig Barton, Arizona
"Craig is an outstanding human being,
with brains, ability, compassion and understanding. Very aware
in the world, I recommend him to all who may need a friend
and guidance in life."
- Hugh, Canada
I met Craig through an advertisement in a
local newspaper. At the time, after going through at least
10 so-called coaches, I swore that I would not do it again-my
frustration level was over the top. The coaches I experienced
were full of themselves and their basic attitude was that
if I can't help you, there is something wrong or missing from
Talk about impudence!
Anyway, I liked what Craig had to say and decided
to do a trial run for 3 sessions. Through Craig's detailed
questioning, reasoning and imagination, we were able almost
immediately to narrow my criteria for a rewarding career to
a dream that I
have had for many, many years thought, in this lifetime, was
beyond me. Craig made some suggestions as far as research
is concerned; I did not find what he originally thought of,
but I found, seemingly by sheer luck, an opportunity to
work directly in a film studio, with a mentor who is a director
as well as holds other hats, for a nominal amount of money.
I made the connection with this person, with whom I had an
almost instantaneous connection. I will start at the beginning
of the year, and am almost so excited that I can hardly sleep.
To get back to Craig, I firmly believe that he has a number
of talents, not the least of which is to be very open minded,
flexible, and, when he believes his client is moving in the
right direction, an unshakable positive attitude, refusing
I feel blessed to have met and worked with
Craig-I'm very glad that I was able to persist until I found,
dramatically, the "right" person to work with.
Your coaching helped me get my dream job as
a communications manager for a conservation organization.
His advice improved my résumé and job-hunting
techniques and helped me believe that I could get a well-paying
job doing what I want to do. Thanks, Craig!
I feel I have many things to be grateful for.
First, and foremost, I sure am glad that you're out there
and helping those of us in mid-life to follow our vocational
passion(s)! I think it is such a wonderful service that you
provide and you do a great job! It is nice, too, having someone
there to help us believe in ourselves. I never really had
much of that. I always feel really good after our phone sessions.
I met Craig Nathanson over 4 years ago, thru
a magazine where I read his column faithfully. I felt that
reading his book and getting in on his coaching help would
further my needs to bring about my career change! After working
with Craig I went from an employee working for others and
never satisfied to becoming a seasoned professional in my
field of expertise . I now enjoy my work life!. Craig Nathanson's
years of expertise are invaluable to all that choose to learn
from him. He has a very bright and positive way of communicating
and his coaching gets to the heart of one’s fears that keep
us from doing what we love to do. He helps from within to
create a knowledgeable and confident new you . You will show
new professional polish on the outside once you experience
his teaching and coaching you will love the results. As a
teacher he is wide ranging and has the ability to see each
person as unique and special. Craig quickly adjusts to what
can be the difference for you to learn and he truly enjoys
the time spent with his knowledge and respectful good graces.
He is an asset to the community and the educational systems.
President- WOW Marketing
A belief that I wrote down in an exercise with Craig Nathanson
was: “There are a lot of people out there willing to
help me.” I’m definitely finding this to be true.
First, there was Craig. He was willing to help push me out
of a zone of comfort/sleep and into something I love to do.
A friend is designing my entire magazine, after turning down
a high-paying animation job to help. And, since starting the
magazine, I’ve had several key players introduce me
to virtually every person on their contact lists. So I already
have tremendous connections going in the community. Accessible
Content Magazine has the potential to be the “center
of gravity” for its industry, and it’s because
people know the value of it and they find me to be a good
guy to work with. I think I acted at the right time! When
I’m helping a writer fine-tune their story for the magazine,
it feels so good.
I really think I’m getting aligned with I what I was
meant to do. It’s just like Craig said, when I get e-mail
now, it's about MY business and it’s fun to get every
one. Thanks, Craig, for all of your encouragement and support.
I haven’t said, “Oh god, I quit my job,”
in a month. Instead, I feel that I have really started something!
– Matt Vande Voorde, Publisher-Accessible
Craig Nathanson believes in his simple formula; people plus
passion equals success and contentment. In my case, he knew
that life had beaten me up but that I had a talent worth sharing.
He knew that if he simply plugged me into his formula, I would
find my way. But Craig is more than his formula. He is a people
person. He also knew that the only way I could hear his message
is if he offered me his hand. So he did for me what he yearns
to do for all he comes across...he offered me that hand and
accepted no excuses, gently but firmly reminding me that I
am a gift to the world waiting to be unwrapped. Thank you
Craig, for caring, for sharing, and for living your personal
passion by helping people around the world identify and become
one with theirs. The world will be a better place because
of those you touch, for they in turn will touch the world.
-Cat Marrs Singer, actress, motivational
speaker, producer, activist Bay Area, Northern California
Your work with me was one of the best gifts I have ever been
given. I hope that many other people are able to put into
practice what you suggest. Thank you again, I am greatful
"Clearing the fog, enhanced personal and career clarity,
showing how my ideal career is attainable...Now! These are
just a few statements that describe the value of working with
Craig. In a short amount of time he has helped me become focused
and guided me towards my goals. I highly recommend him."
-Jim Goebelbecker- Boston
I've been working with Craig weekly for several months. I
am continually impressed with how intuitive Craig is. He always
has my best interests and objectives in mind, even when I
veer off track. I've read the books ("P is for Perfect," "Zen
and the Art of Making a Living," "What Color is Your Parachute,"
"Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People," etc.)
and I've met with other career counselors. I've gone to University
career centers, spent hours online, and done work on my own
trying find a career that combines my passions, talents, and
experience. I can honestly say, I've never been so on-track.
I feel incredibly lucky to have found Craig. I profit from
his career and interpersonal Wisdom. My sessions with Craig
are absolutely the best investment I have made in my vocational
life. Anyone who is not satisfied with their vocational life
WILL benefit Immensely from working with Craig.
-Lance A. Wexler, from California
Craig Nathanson combines intellect, creativity, caring for people,
research and humor in a unique synthesis that makes a positive,
special and inspiring difference to all those with whom he works.
-Dr. Jeremy J. Shapiro, New York City,
professor and author, "Mindful Inquiry"
Working with Craig Nathanson was like a continual breath of
fresh air. There are so many coaches and career counselors who
help you with your resume. Craig realized that the cornerstone
to one's success was first understanding the individual and
their passions and their interests. Craig gave me the tools
to market myself, make better choices and exercise new options.
Craig was the first person to help me build my career! I am
now well on my way!
-Kimberly White - California
Craig Nathanson is a genius at helping people clarify what they
want to do with their work lives, and get on with it. He has
been there. His vast corporate experience, understanding of
human development and faith in human possibilities, fired by
his own personal journey, motivate and support people to realize
that they can, indeed, have it all; true happiness and success
in all facets of life.
-Dr. Serena Williamson, Canada, The
Craig, A truly successful person not only helps themselves,
but reaches out and helps others at the same time. You are a
beautiful human being.
-Val - California
Craig Nathanson helped me realize that I was in charge of my
working life and that I should not be afraid. Craig helped me
overcome the fear of rejection. I had been out of work for over
a year and I no longer wanted to interview. I am now in a very
rewarding position. I am very close to my perfect day. Craig
helped me through the whole interview process otherwise Im
sure I would have given up because I was tired of reading ,
Dear Rosemary emails. Thank you, Craig
-Rosemary Rodriquez - California
Thanks for coaching me through the process of living the life
I was meant to live! Sincerely grateful!
-Nancy Whitney - California
Vocational Passion...I'd never heard of it until I met Craig.
He gave me confidence that doing things you are passionate about
is not a fantasy but the only right way of living your life...Thank
-Anastasia Novikova - Russia
Craig helped me to focus my energy on what I love to do rather
than on just finding another job. With his guidance and counsel,
I have begun going down a path I never would have thought of
on my own. He's been a great coach and mentor
Your help has been
greatly appreciated.As a result of our work
together I have improved my self esteem and have started working
toward future goals and new possibilities.
-Jose (Houston, Texas)
Craig helped me to trust my own instincts when creating my
own life, and he is a great touchstone of support along the
I am a fifty-two year old divorced woman starting over. I
came into Craig’s office scared, dejected and concerned
about my future. At our very first meeting, Craig was able
to help me discern what brought me joy and passion.
In his thorough and methodic way, Craig has guided me to
my dream of writing and being a public speaker. I never would
have had the courage to believe in myself, without his tremendous
gift of sharing his passion for helping others.
It's refreshing to work with someone with obvious intelligence
and creativity who can think out of the proverbial "box".
You have been a key player in my process of understanding
and realizing what
I needed to do to change and improve my personal life and
career. I am grateful-
- Jose, Texas
Craig and I made an appointment to talk about my somewhat
scattered thoughts regarding the work I need to do. Trying
to prepare for the conversation, I visited his and thought
long and hard about Craig's "10 P's," answering
as many of the questions as possible. Focusing on those points
helped me get ready for the upcoming talk. To be honest, I
was a little nervous to be discussing these points with Craig;
after all, I hadn't talked to anyone else about them. But
my nerves melted away within moments: Craig is easy to talk
to, funny and insightful. Within a very short time, we had
recognized the best path for me to follow, based on my interests
and abilities. We had also figured out the first steps to
take on that path. The conversation left me feeling energized
and excited about getting started. This process of understanding
who you are and what you are meant to do can be lonely and
I would recommend Craig's guidance to anyone who needs a
little support along the way.
Thanks for hosting the teleclass; it was informative and inspiring!
So much so that I grabbed my sixteen-year-old daughter, to
listen in. She has always wanted to work with animals and
create her own business, but in recent years has felt that
there is no chance of being successful at that. Your conversation
with Cecelia helped; I think her attitude is turning in a
Did you think that you could capture the interest of a sixteen-year-old?
That’s quite an achievement!
Keep up your wonderful work; for my part, I am on the sidelines,
cheering you on as well -
Nice work, Craig.
I thought it would be all promotional talk about your books,
CDs, for sale, but ended up being truly 100% information (good
karma for you!). I enjoyed your teleclass very much.
That was a wonderful class last night. Your guests
are really great, and you know what questions to ask.
Thank you so much!
I had a great time on your show tonight and I am glad I was
able to experience a little bit of what you do.
Love the point you made that on Sunday night you can not
wait to get up to go do what you love to do.
When I attended Craig's teleclass I did not know what to
expect as I had never done a teleclass before. I was pleasantly
surprised by a forum with a limitless potential of fellow
attendees which I could access via my telephone in the comfort
of my own home. It was not lost on me that this technology
transcends so many of the potential pitfalls people with busy
lives may face when trying to attend classes. I could have
attended this from my cell phone if I had wanted!
During the class Craig touched upon many important issues
that lie beneath the surface for people who know they need
to make vocational changes, but for whom money and time are
concerns. The class was not just geared for those with no
money and lots of time, or no time but lots of money. Instead,
he identified five different categories of people with money
and time challenges and then offered solutions for each. Additionally
there were testimonials from some of Craig's clients who had
or were in the process of transforming their respective lives
using Craig's techniques.
Together they provided a powerful glimpse into the rewards
that are waiting for anyone who can think outside the box
long enough to take some steps forward. From there it simply
requires that we keep on stepping.
Actress, Singer, and CEO of The Village
Network a non-profit missioned to bring the arts to the disadvantaged
I really enjoy listening to your tele-classes all the way
from New Zealand!
I really enjoyed listening in on the call and loved listening
to the two entrepreneurs you featured. I even got my question
-Coree, New Zealand
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