"Lots of shifts in thinking and behaviors," is how a professional coach encapsulated the GlobalNiche effect in her life and business. We love that! (Click here to tweet it if it's happening for you too.)
Below are fresh explorations of those shifts from novelist Jessica Lutz and academic Zeynep Kilic, both participants in our program. Do their experiences ring true for you, or sound like someone you know?
Jessica's ShiftI was still operating in a world where my work is one thing, and ‘internetting’ something totally different.
"Anastasia had a special knack for inspiring me," writes the Istanbul-based Jessica Lutz in this blog post. "Next to her eagerness to experiment, my traditional approach felt positively slow and old-fashioned. Whenever I talked to her, she made me feel that I too had a whole vista of opportunities."
I was like a drifting ship, overwhelmed by the options on social media even though I needed interaction with my peers.
"After I quit journalism, I especially needed her kind of pep-talk. I was not prepared for a world without deadlines, without my daily chat with the editor’s desk, without the phone even so much as ringing for days on end."
Go away. I've got enough obligations already.
Tara and I asked Jessica to try our new study group component to the program, "a platform through which we, members of the network, monitor and encourage each other in small, virtual groups. My first reaction was: ‘stop it, go away! I have enough on my plate!’ Then, suddenly it struck me: this could be my new editor’s desk. And indeed, in a way this group of people from all over the world did become my new sounding board, the place where I tested my ideas for stories, for blog posts and what more, to get inspired to produce them. The GlobalNiche recipe seems to work."
This became my place to test my ideas and feel inspired to produce them. I feel wind in my sails. I'm surprised and proud to see myself hopping around the internet in service of my book project.
Zeynep's ShiftI resisted signing up even though I didn't like the way my work life was going.
"I decided to do it to support GlobalNiche rather than anticipating any discernible effect on my life. Boy, was I wrong," writes sociology professor Zeynep Kilic from Anchorage.
I'm always behind and I work nonstop. I don't have time to imagine other talents, a life that looks different, or figure out the steps to get there.
"It is not that I didn’t like my job, rather I felt that I never had time for projects that gave me true pleasure. I felt that I didn’t even have time to even dream about a life that may look different and believed that I had no other talents to offer outside of academia.
"The program gave me the impetus to do the things I figured I didn’t have any time or use for, such as outlining what my dream future looks like and figuring out the steps to get there. This simple exercise in fact gave me momentum and created excitement around a new project.
GlobalNiche got me to streamline my interests in a way that would get me credit at my job.
"I always kept my passions and academic pursuits separate, imagining they would not count in academia. And maybe they won’t but for now I decided to combine them to the best of my ability, to ask for credit for those involvements and see what may come next.
Honesty, sharing of personal experiences and constructive support make the online community thrive.
"The GlobalNiche community is the most enthusiastic, kind and straightforward group of people I have ever encountered. The founders created not only Google and Facebook groups but also have lots of videos and real-time video chats to truly encourage feedback and face-to-face interaction which makes the community thrive much more than an online discussion board.
I feel a huge shift in my life. So much more hopeful and confident about who I am and what I want to do. I no longer feel apologetic about my interests. I can dream about a future that will feel fulfilling regardless of where I am.
"Anastasia and Tara encouraged me to dream, to come up with a strategy to make it happen and then they coaxed me to share it with the world (commitment piece!) instead of quietly harboring it for my leisure time. Since signing up for the program, I have articulated a dream project of mine that seemed too large, too looming and impossible before. It gave me the impetus to switch my research focus to an area where I can combine my extra curricular passions with my scholarly work. I have applied and received a summer grant to start preliminary fieldwork. The fact that the university was so willing to accept this project as a potential success shows me that I should not have waited this long. Without encouragement and guidance from the GlobalNiche, I wouldn’t be here today.
My emotional state is important to my productivity. This has been the most productive year in my entire academic career.
"Even though I worked so hard, I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere. Now things seem to be falling into place better than before. Most importantly I feel like I am using my time for something meaningful. What a difference!"
(There's more, and it's amazing. Read Zeynep's full GlobalNiche story in the review section of our course provider.)
Thanks to Jessica and Zeynep for sharing their GlobalNiche shifts with us.
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