When I opened the link, I literally spit coffee all over my keyboard.
Almost 1,000 people had applied for our Virtual Office Manager position. Are you serious!?
It took weeks to get through all those applications!
The most common response?
“I found you guys when I was sick and now I’m getting healthy. I’m SOOO passionate about nutrition, I want to help people with their health and I would love to do that as part of your company.”
But what really tugged at my heart strings was the amount of people that said they were still sick. In fact, many already KNEW the reason WHY they were still sick.
This hidden reason didn’t surprise me… I’ve seen it over and over through the years. But what did surprise me is how many people were finally ready to do something about it…
The #1 Problem Making People Sick
But after working with people 1-on-1 for years, I can tell you that those are some of the easiest root causes to fix. Why? Because you can follow a custom diet and supplement protocols to correct them…
But there was a hidden root cause that seemed impossible to fix.
It was the root cause I couldn’t “Out Smart” in most people. Meaning, no matter what we did with their diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes… they were still sick.
And worse yet, it was the root cause I couldn’t do anything about. I literally couldn’t help them with it.
The #1 root cause making people sick is THEIR JOB.
I can’t tell you how many people I talked to, who were in tears, because the one thing making them sick was all they had to support their family. They couldn’t bring themselves to quit. They couldn’t bring themselves to change careers. They couldn’t get rid of the #1 root cause keeping them sick.
They were so unhappy with their jobs, there was no passion. It was stressing them out. And money was always tight.
And there was nothing I could say or do to change that. But the worst part was that I totally understood.
My Old Job Almost Killed Me Too
Years ago I was a maintenance engineer at one of the top 3 Automotive Companies in the U.S. I worked in a dark and dingy factory all hours of the day. I’d get moved to the midnight shift for a while, then I’d get bumped to the afternoon shift. Then, just as my body adjusted, I’d get put back to the day shift.
I was in debt. As a family, we were struggling to make ends meet. And I was trapped in this job for what I thought would be the rest of my life.
Every time I walked through those factory gates, I felt a dark cloud of stress come over me. It made me sick to my stomach every single day
I was responsible for keeping the manufacturing line up and running. And when it broke down, the company lost something like $10,000 a minute. So, my crew of electricians, pipefitters, and other skilled trades would jump in with the clock ticking (and our hearts racing).
My health was falling apart.
One night on 3rd shift (midnight shift) I was stuck in a bathroom stall having explosive diarrhea again.
It wasn’t the first time this happened. But this one seemed never-ending. Sweat was pouring down my face. Suddenly, my walkie-talkie started beeping, “Jordan – where are you!!!! The line is down, it’s been down for 5 minutes already. You have 2 minutes to get here and help your crew or this goes in the report to the Plant Manager.”
As you can guess, I never made it to that breakdown.
My job was killing me… and yet my health problems were about to get me fired.
It was a vicious cycle.
Most of us know that spending 8-10 hours each day doing stressful jobs we hate can be harmful to our health.
Here’s what science says about stress and what it does to us… (thanks to Chris Kresser for these citations)
- It raises your blood sugar
- It makes you hungry and crave sugar
- It reduces your ability to burn fat
- It suppresses your HPA-axis, which causes hormonal imbalances
- It makes your cells less sensitive to insulin
- It increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty
- It increases the rate at which you store fat
- And it raises the level of fatty acids and triglycerides in your blood
All of this in exchange for a weekly paycheck?
I felt trapped. I was depressed. I didn’t think my life was going to get any better. I was trading my health for money, and struggling to get better.
But the Day I Quit My Job, Everything Changed
One day, enough was enough and I quit right there on the spot. I walked out of that car factory feeling 1,000 pounds lighter. I walked out of there with my life back in my hands.
That one decision, even though it was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made, was the catalyst to getting healthy for me.
I worked other jobs after that, but a few years later I was finally able to say that “SCD Lifestyle was my career.”
Instead of working myself into the ground (or closer to the grave) 8-10 hours a day, now my job is to help people with their health.
Every day I wake up, take my kids to school, and help people change their lives. I help people change family histories. I have passion in my life again. I love what I do. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like work.
And coincidentally as I’m writing this I’ve never been as healthy as I am right now.
I’ve been through hell with my chronic illness, but now I’m better. And because of what I went through, I can help other people going through that same hell.
My illness was not in vain. I was able to use a negative experience and turn it into something that changed people’s lives.
And you can too.
You have a gift to share with the world.
You’re passionate about nutrition; it helped save your life. And now you want to help other people do the same thing you did.
But first you have to stop doing what you hate, and start doing what makes you feel ALIVE.
I’m not saying you need to walk into work tomorrow morning and quit your job… that’s not necessarily a good idea, especially if you have family depending on you. But what you can do is start learning how to create something on the side…
How to Turn Your Passion Into a Career
So many people need help with their health. Just look at a typical day of questions on our Facebook wall:
The pain you’ve experienced from health challenges is something you can now turn into a passion for helping others – the passion that burns inside you to transform lives.
Since we posted that job opening, we’ve received tons of emails from people who say they are super passionate about nutrition and want to turn their passion into a career.
But they have no idea where to start!
They love learning and sharing but they have no idea how to make it a career.
That’s why I’m excited to share some news with you: Our good friend Cynthia Pasquella put together an amazing web seminar about how you can make this happen.
It’s called: “How to Turn Your Passion for Health and Nutrition into Some Significant Extra Money on the Side or Even a Meaningful New Career”
It’s completely complementary and here’s what she’s going to cover:
- Why the next 3 years are CRUCIAL if you are looking to build a nutrition business
- Three simple ways to make your weekly salary (or more!) by working just ONE day a week in your nutrition coaching business!
- How to charge $100 or more an hour as a Transformational Nutrition Coach
- Why nutrition coaching is a multi-million dollar industry and the 5 tools YOU MUST have to take advantage of this (hint: very few people do)
- What to look for in a nutrition certification program (and more importantly, what to avoid at all costs)
Every day, I see people who are unhappy, unfulfilled, and going through the motions of their own lives.
That doesn’t have to be you!
YOU can have a life that lights you up and a career that helps change people’s lives!
It IS possible! And we’re excited to know someone like Cynthia who can help you create that in your life.
See you there!
P.S. – If this webinar would’ve been available years ago, I would have signed up in a heartbeat. It took us years and years of writing at SCD Lifestyle before we actually turned it into a career, and I’m convinced Cynthia’s work could have helped us start much sooner. Click here to register for her FREE webinar.