I got a question for you...

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

I saw a Facebook post, and it just hit home.

My cousin shared a Facebook post the other day of a friend who is a two-time cancer survivor. After she had been diagnosed with cancer, everything got clearer for her. The small things became smaller, and the important things began to reveal themselves. We've all read Facebook stories like this, but she ended her post by actually thanking cancer for giving her the courage to lead an authentic life.


Wow. Her experience serves as a wakeup call for all of us...

So when was the last time (if ever) you asked yourself “Am I leading an authentic life?”

For many of us, it’s difficult to find the time even to think about the answer. But if you’ve read this far, then let’s take 3 minutes and give it a try.

Here’s your 3 minute test…

Ignore your cell, and close the other browser windows.

Now just think about your life right now:

  • Your job
  • Your friends
  • Your activities

Now think about the same things, but imagine that it’s 10 years from now and you are looking back at the things in your life that were memorable (i.e., had true meaning for you).

  • What was your story?
  • What were your big accomplishments along the way?
  • And conversely, what were some of your biggest distractions?

This is not an easy exercise to master, but if you start doing it often enough, you can start to see what’s vital in your life.

So what are doing today that will stand out as a defining moment in your life story?

For the cancer survivor, it wasn’t until her second bout with cancer did she take the leap to make fundamental changes in her work, friends, and even her marriage.

Sometimes it takes a health scare or some other life event to force you to take a critical look at your life, but here are some things you can do right now to start down the path of leading an authentic life:

  1. Create a quiet space at least once a week: Today, you spent 3 minutes thinking about your life. Now, take 20 minutes each week in a quiet place where you can sit (without distractions) and write. It doesn’t matter what you write at first. Just get in the habit of taking the time to think. Over time, you can use this time to explore what’s meaningful in your life right now, and just as important, what’s not. It’s not always easy to squeeze 20 minutes into your busy schedule, but perhaps try setting your alarm one day 20 minutes early as a start. As with any new habit, you need to make it routine, so try to come up with a schedule.
  2. Try something new: Get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. I’m not talking about seeing a new movie. Try a new sport or go to an open mic poetry reading. Sure, some of these new experiences are not going to pan out, but it’s the act of experiencing something new that can open your eyes to new opportunities to enrich your life.
  3. Enjoy failing miserably! If you go through life without ever failing, then you’re not pushing yourself enough. We all hate failing because it never feels good. But take a different approach, failing means that you put yourself out there. You tried. And most importantly, you learn from your mistakes, so be bold, fail miserably, and learn. Being authentic is the ability to put yourself out there and risk failure.
  4. Ask yourself tough questions: Do you love your job? Your spouse? Where you live? Once you start making time for yourself, you can begin to build awareness about what is meaningful in your life (i.e. something that you will remember in 10 years) and what are your day-to-day distractions. For a cancer survivor, it’s easy to see it. For the rest of us, we have to continue to work on building our internal awareness of what matters. Asking yourself tough questions is being authentic with yourself, and if you want to lead an authentic life you must be accountable to yourself first!

Some of you may be asking, “Nice article Greg, but how does this help me to get started as a Personal Chef?

It doesn’t matter what profession you choose, but leading an authentic life means doing what you love. Although our school is relatively new, almost every student joined our program to lead a more fulfilling life as a Personal Chef.

Sure, some are attracted to the pay, but they overwhelmingly talk about enriching the lives of their future clients with their food.

They see that choosing to become a Personal Chef brings them one step closer to leading an authentic life.

-Greg Goodman

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Things that are making us happy right now…

Each week we will share things that may or may not be relevant to your personal chef business, but are making us happy nonetheless. Let us know what is making you happy and we will share it here in future newsletters!

  • Speaking of someone leading an authentic life... Bonnie's sister, Karen, gave up her well paying job as an engineer and pursued her passion for baking. She recently won a blue ribbon with her Amaretto Cherrie Pie with Coconut Oil Crust in the Vegan Pie category at KCRW's Good Food Pie Contest! Click here to view the winners.
  • Welcome Fall 2016 Students: We just completed enrollment for our Fall session of Becoming a Personal Chef. We are so excited to start working with our students. Over the coming weeks, we will give you a glimpse of some of the work our students are doing.

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Bonnie & Greg Goodman

Greg Goodman

Co-founder The Personal Chef Guide

Greg has over 30 years experience helping companies grow their business through technology in marketing. In 2008 Greg left the corporate world (his last position was Vice President of Web Marketing with Gateway Computers) to help small business owners realize their dreams. Greg is also a successful professional photographer and documentary film maker.

Greg has taken proven strategies in marketing, technology, and client service and applied them to the Personal Chef industry.