How interested are you in the career transition guide described below?

Adam Taggart
By Adam Taggart on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 - 1:04pm
Very Interested
61% (43 votes)
30% (21 votes)
Mildly Interested
7% (5 votes)
Not Interested
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 70

Perhaps the most frequent question asked by visitors to Peak Prosperity is “What Should I Do?”. 

An important component of the answer to this question is finding purpose, specifically in regards to what you do for a living (what your “career” is).

My work at Peak Prosperity provides me with the opportunity to speak with a large number of people each week. From these discussions, I would estimate over 70% of these folks are actively dissatisfied or, at best, unfulfilled by their current job. The reasons span a wide range: some simply feel a bad fit with the career fate steered them into, others fear their expertise will have little relevance to a future shaped by the Three E forces. Whatever the cause, most express a desire to switch to an entirely different profession if given the opportunity to do so.

Through research and application, I have learned that there is indeed a process that yields the self-discovery, visioning, planning and implementation that ultimately results in finding professional fulfillment. It has been conducted for decades and is well-understood by competent career counseling professionals.

There’s little about this process that is novel or complex. It doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money. It doesn’t require you to go through any special training beforehand.

The difficulty lies in both having the courage to wrestle with yourself as well as the reserve to see this journey through to its conclusion.

I have firsthand knowledge of how well this process works; I used it to successfully transition from dissatisfied Silicon Valley executive to proud co-founder of

I've just finished the manuscript for a detailed (50+ pages) career transition guide based on this methodology, titled Finding Your Way To Your Authentic Career. It lays out a step-by-process for first identifying the work you're best-suited for, and then securing a career in your new 'best fit' field.

While it's going to take several more weeks to polish and publish it, I'm interested in developing an informed estimate for the relevance and appeal of such a guide.

If you can, please use the poll above to indicate how interested you are in such a guide, either for yourself or someone you care about. If there are elements you'd care most to see in such a guide, please share your preferences in the Comments below (even if we can't address them in this first publication, we may be able to in a subsquent one).

many thanks, 


A note on pricing: given the costs of develping this guide, it won't be free. But we'll keep it as afforable as possible (definitely less than $10, and possibly quite a lot less)


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Specifically I'd

like to know how in hell you pursue something you're passionate about when A) you've no clue what that is, but it sure isn't what you do now and B) how to you do it in 2013 when you're raising three kids with a mortgage - and all that goes with it.


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You're in luck

Treemagnet -

The good news is the guide addresses both A) and B).

The less good news is that it doesn't make any claims about the process being easy...

That said, I did it with two kids after giving notice at my former job (i.e. turning off the income spigot). So, hopefully that gives you some hope.

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Sounds amazing

I've actually spent time with a career counsellor and it wasn't very successful.  It basically determined that I'm not really passionate about anything and I could do a number of different things that don't especially interest me. The result was to just stay put although I'm still not sure it's the best decision for me. 


I look forward to reading your work Adam. I'm sure it will be more useful and will definitely be much more affordable than the career counsellor.


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Lack of Time

I put "Mildly Interested" in this one, since I doubt that the guide can solve my problem. I basically have two good FT jobs in very different fields, and my wife has a PT job and takes care of the kids. These leave me less than 10h a week to pursue something else, assuming I still have the energy for it - I usually don't. Every career advice that I've gotten so far (and I've signed up for several newsletters and gotten private advice) often starts with "quit one of your jobs". Well, okay, but if I do that 1) I can only barely pay my bills and we already live very frugally, with the exception of my mortgage that I used to make the house in sync with the 3Es, 2) both of my jobs are very sensitive to collapse anyway, so why not keep them both until they end and save the money in the mean time.

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This will be an interesting read.

It'll be interesting to see if this guide can align what's practical and what's ideological within the same path.  I am not a well-off person, however I am by no means struggling.  My job is in the technology sector though, and tied to the success and willingness of financial institutions to spend money, so it IS vulnerable to the future. 

I am far from fulfilled by this job, however it has allowed me to get out of debt, save a small bit for emergencies, and will also allow for the financing of preparing and learning new skills.  My biggest concern, of course, is while this is working for now, if the downturn speeds up I could be left without an income with only a small amount of preparations done / skills learned.

I look forward to this guide to see if it can help facilitate a practical/ideological alignment.

BTW, I don't know if anyone saw Ron Paul's farewell speech to congress, but he mentioned alot of the same concerns found on this site in his address.  No doubt it fell on deaf ears.

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I was self employed in

I was self employed in construction for 35 years. I am self teaching in this. Both I loved/love to do. I will never work for anyone. I like this idea though as information is always good, and besides, Adam does his work well so I would vote Very Interested.



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Making the time is required

Stabu -

I'd like to tell you that there's a magic way to make a career transition without putting in the necessary hours. But it's like any other worthwhile process of development (fitness, education, skill-building): you need to invest substantial time to reach substantial goals.

One of the career coaches I respect most offered me this good perspective: "Be open to the possibility that your best exit may be behind you."

This maxim has multiple applications, but to your specific situation: giving up the ability to save $ for a period of time by cutting down on one of your jobs will sure feel like you're regressing away from your financial security goals. But if doing so frees up the time for you to successfully make the transition to a career you're much more fulfilled by (and will likely thrive in, as a result), the long term gain is worth the short term sacrifice.

And even if you find you simply can't afford to give up one of the jobs, you can still progress towards success with the free hours you have. It will just take longer.

(For what it's worth, if you can stay energized, 10 hours per week is a good deal of time to work with )

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Dramatic Difference

One thing I noticed, Adam, is that your profile picture changed drastically. It was like you went from someone who looked dowdy to someone who looks younger and leaner.

Like how Chris went from dowdy to younger and leaner looking.


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Nature's way of telling you

I know a hard way (for most) to find their true path.

1. Go raw organic vegan for 6 months up to two years or more. This means eat only raw fruits,veggies, nuts and seeds, lots of greens, get alkaline.
2. Do yoga 3-4 times per week
3. Bike, run or hike in nature
4. meditate after yoga and first thing in the morning
5. Watch what the bleep, 5 times.

Going raw organic vegan removes the buffeting that coffee, drugs, alcohol, junk food, shopping, nicotine provide. When you remove the buffering you will face your reality in true form. Then it can change. It takes time to clean out the old residues of crappy living and the standard American diet. The acidic lifestyles of pollution, stress, and toxicity are washed anyway, along with your excess fat. You will change in many ways. You will become the mountain or the redwood tree, lean, clean and free.

What happens is that you gravitate towards what you want to do. Eventually you will only be able to do what you love. Money or no money won't matter. More than likely you will want to do it and money will come. You will manifest what you need. As opposed to only doing things You Think can make you money. People get caught up in chasing the dollar risking health, etc. When you get Real Healthy life takes on new meanings.

Most people stay in the buffered greed mode. That is not a mode for Creating your own destiny. It can be dome many ways but it cannot be forced.

Wake up everyday. Be grateful. Be happy. Do what you want.

Who do you love, who loves you.

11 yrs ago quit senior level software engineering and started food company. 10 yrs and life is great. Have small farm, grow food, warehouse is at home, employees great. I wouldn't mind scoring a few feature films but being the president of my debt free, cash healthy, health food company is nice too. Added a commercial kitchen and retail store. Who knew $4000 on a credit card could turn into a miracle. Believe. Manifest.

I needed to work near where my kitchen was.....and bathroom. It's nice.

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ah, career changes

Career changes? I've done a couple of those. The first was in my 30s - from "whatever job I could have" to a structured career. After having to come home from college (first-year nursing) due to a family illness I'd sort of fallen into restaurant work. But that was a J-O-B, a way of brining in money I had no passion for.

My most important tool was a classic book: What Color is Your Parachute? And despite the 2012 update, almost any old, used version of the book will do. What Color is Your Parachute? helps you uncover your passions, including your favorite skills, special knowledges, values and more. When you complete the exercises, you get a picture of your dream job... and the marketable skills you possess to go into it. Then you figure out transitional steps to go from where you are to where you want to be. The other book I used was Megatrends 2000, a book that took data from unusual sources to show (among other things) which jobs would still exist and which wold become obsolete. (More recent books by the author of Megatrends can be found here. And Adam, I am really looking forawrd to your book and happen to be working on one of my own, which focuses more on getting a job, period, in an economic contraction.)

In my case I wanted to transition from restautant work into safety management. The two paths were through safety OR management, and I chose the management path since management skills were transferrable. So I worked my way up into restaurant managment. There was a hiatus where I ran my ex husband's construction business office from home, but I incorporated that, too. Eventually I went into construction sfety management. Adam's right--a career transition takes years--but once I had a goal I could work toward it.

My second career change started about seven years ago, when was a sucessful construction safety manager. I was 50. I saw the writing on the wall: construction does not do well in an economic contraction and we were in for a mother of a contraction. I also looked at retirement options and knew our goverment was broke and could not keep its promises. My new goal was to (a) move out of the unsustainable Boston-to-DC Megalopolis to an area with a lower cost of living and slower pace, and (b) find a job where I could telecomute. My two paths were to work from a home I'd buy in the the midwest on my own OR marry someone in a slighly more populous area than the midwest. Retirees who are married live longer so I chose that option.

I ended up marrying a man with a paid-off home in the much cheaper, quieter less populous Columbia SC area, and I started my own safety consulting firm where I work from home. I make about a tenth of what I did in NYC but hubby's a good provider and I do that in about a tenth of the time without a commute, which leaves me free to learn skills like organic home vegetable gardening, canning, and seed saving. Since my husband has a good pension plus a 401K, I took the tax hit, took the money out of my self-directed IRA and put it into my nrew career, energy efficiency, and self-sufficiency things for us. It paid the start-up costs for my business. We got solar hot water, solar cells, an airtight woodburning stove, solar attic fan, Eco-foil attic insulation, screen doors and windows, solar panels, a huge square foot garden, fruit trees, canning supplies, you name it. And we have shared goals, and each other.

Why am I sharing this? Thanks to knowing what I wanted and going after it with a definite plan I had an intentional life. My first career change took 15 years, but that was mainly due to me needing a college degree and a professional licence while raising kids, all of which took time. But I eneded up where I wanted to be. The second transition took less time because the home business was based on my old career. The hardest part of that was finding a decent, prepper spouse at my age but I did that scientifically and wrote a book on that, too. I have time to write now. It's great.

Adam - if by "an authentic career" you mean a career that is "true to yourself" and in synch with the New Normal and a simpler life, I cannot wait to read your book. I'll be sure to incorporate it in my career book's bibliography.

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I'm on my third

I started a landscape maintenance and construction business in 1997, when I was 21. I ran it until 2008. In 2006 I became peak oil aware, and my business no longer resonated with me. I had an opportunity to sell, and the deal barely went through right before the stock market fell apart. Months earlier I sold my way too expensive house and a rental property. My wife and I then moved out of the DC area into rural PA. 

I wanted to do something in the energy field, as my need to do something positive in light of our energy predicament. I had experience contracting, so I became an energy auditor and weatherization contractor. I went to trade school, and gained the experience needed. I did some good work, but it was shocking to me how little people were interested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes and commercial buildings. I could show people what a great investment it was, but they only cared about how much the upfront cost was going to be, or whether they would have to change their behavior. My last client was a coffee shop where the owner wanted to put up solar panels so she could advertise how green they were, but she wouldn't even entertain the idea of simple conservation measures, as it was too much of a pain. After 4 years, I decided I was wasting my time. Besides, I preferred spending most of my time in the garden anyway. 

As of March 2012, I have been developing my property into a permaculture demonstration site, that may end up being a pick your own farm. I have a long way to go (5 years or so), but I am really enjoying myself. I am also running a permaculture website. I just recently finished a 2000 linear foot swale project where I ran an excavator for a week. It was a blast!

Phil W.

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