• NebSa

    I’m glad you have other priorities besides making money. You’re an awesome teacher. That’s good enough for me.

  • Jonathan Bender

    Beautiful, Tad. I’ve been in the overworking place – sometimes deliberately, and sometimes not – and also have experience in the I’m-broke-something-must-be-wrong-with-me place. And I know many successful coaches who are doing great financially, but exhausted. Is that a life? Thanks for bringing this out in the open. You’re, once again, a brilliant role model.

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave

    thanks jonathan :-)

  • http://societyofjoyfulpeople.com/ PJ Ferguson

    Lol, hippies of a feather…

  • Tabitha

    As I was lying awake this morning at 2:30 am, worrying about money, worrying about being a financial failure at the age of 42, worrying that I maybe “shouldn’t” have taken the 2 week vacation that I desperately needed because it was strapping my bank account, worrying that I will never find new clients, I wish I had known this article was around for me to read. I REALLY needed this, Tad. Thank you.

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave


  • http://www.ThriveWithAutism.ca/ Jackie McMillan

    This is a really good reminder, Tad. I tend to get into phases where all I do is minimal self-care and work, and then I run out of fuel (motivation). Seems to me that what you’re doing is topping up different tanks in turn. I have some hopes that this fall, I’ll have put into place enough of what I’ve learned from you and others that I can actually achieve a positive balance on several fronts. Have a wonderful summer,
    Much Appreciation, Jackie

  • Vincent Parker

    Thanks Tad for reflecting what a number of coaches must be feeling. I am getting closer to having a life that I feel comfortable with. Where I have time and energy to share with my family and friends and at the same time doing the things that sit right with me. The post has come along at a time when I was just beginning to question what I was doing but this has been a reaffirmation of what I believe in. Thanks again

  • janice betts

    Thank you so much for this. There is no shame in having different priorities, but I see so many people in the so called heart centred business community focusing on “manifesting wealth” and tsk tsking at people like me who just do what they love because they love it and dont’ care about cars and luxury homes. Every time I am literally down to my last dollar, and my phone is cut off again, money starts to trickle in so I can at least pay the bills and buy some food. The universe takes care of us if we trust it and follow our hearts.

  • Alison

    WOW, I SO appreciate this post! It’s hard for me to put in words my gratitude towards you for being so damn REAL. Thank you!

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave

    you’re welcome :-)

  • http://kiteforthesoul.com/ Naomi

    Found your blog through Rebecca. Thanks for admitting this. My first impression was that you were pretty well off hippie as your site and content are fantastic. Would love to know Part 2 of this story :)

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave

    hey naomi, thanks so much. so interesting what our assumptions can be based on surface appearances. this is Part 2 for me: http://marketingforhippies.com/tired-of-being-broke/

  • Guest

    I think there are a lot of us reverse squirrels. Welcome to the fold :)

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave

    good to know i’m not the only one :-)

  • Av

    I needed to read this. Thank You!!

  • Av

    I love that line “I’ll take the scenic route”. It really resonates with how im feeling/living right now. Embarking on starting a family in my mid/late 20’s, when my counterparts are all climbing the corporate ladder. I’m more interested in being a stay at home mom, while providing mobile hair services (im a stylist) to local clients for the next few years. Im happy with my life plan, but sometimes get so wrapped up in how much farther everyone my age (including my fellow business school graduates) are advancing, and always second-guess whether i’ll regret this later. What makes it worse is I live in DC, the most money-hungry city bar none! “Keeping up with the Jones’s” is the name of the game here, and if you don’t jump at any overtime thrown your way, you’re “insane” *insert eye roll*. While my issue is more about ambition than finances, I’m glad to see there are other people choosing what’s important for themselves!

  • http://www.verandalane.com/ RavenDelana

    I have found my people!!! I stumbled upon this gem of an article while grappling with the fact that I am currently out of money and, at the same time, trying to plan for my biz next year when I’d like to commit to PWYC pricing for my coaching. It feels crazy! Like, my answer to not having money is to ask people for less money!?! But that’s what I’m gonna do. Because it feels right. If it works, I’ll be living the life I desire. And if doesn’t…well, I might end up where I am right now. I prefer where I am now -occasionally broke- to where I’ve been before making tons of money but hating life. This was a nice reminder that being broke doesn’t make me a bad coach or even a bad business person. It’s just a culmination of decisions that I’ve made about what I value in life. If and when I decide to make lots of money, there I will be. Same person, same intellect, same level of ability, just more money.

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave

    Welcome home :-) you might love this: http://marketingforhippies.com/morkes/

  • dawndancingotter

    So…yeah. Yes. I can more than relate.
    I have a few of those factors you mentioned above that are ‘stressers’. I have 2 sons, no partner, I live in Penticton BC, which is not the same as downtown Calgary or Toronto. I have no debt other than my mortgage, but then again, I have a house, so, awesome.
    My way – I stopped caring about money at all. I started, instead to care about my path of service. That includes me, includes my kids. Surprisingly, everything gets paid on time, and I travel internationally 2-3 times a year with my work. I get to do what I do. Its remarkable, delicious. Money seems to take care of itself, and me.
    I really admire your footprints in this world, Tad. You encourage this world full of new economy seekers to be courageous. We need that steady drumbeat…thank you.

  • http://marketingforhippies.com Tad Hargrave

    <3 thank you dawn. we're all drumming into each into being.

  • http://www.NeighborsOnPurpose.com Briana_Barrett-Squirrel

    Me, too, Sue!
    First time I read

    “I make 6 figures, and I’ll teach you how: just pay me $3k for this course.”
    I went …euh… you just told me how.

    I love you for your authenticity.

  • http://www.NeighborsOnPurpose.com Briana_Barrett-Squirrel

    Amen to both of you!
    I have started correcting myself every time I say/read the words “rich” or “wealthy” by adding the word “financially” in front, when that’s all that’s meant. It’s an effective micro-‘prayer’ that brings me a visceral sense of how I value other wealth.

  • http://www.NeighborsOnPurpose.com Briana_Barrett-Squirrel

    Tanya, I think I love you. I want to be just like you when I become a mamma, because I share these values!

  • tondeaf

    I think this is kind of how Richard Branson lives. Wait. He doesn’t scramble at all…

  • Tobius Raphael Millar

    Thanks so much, Tad. I’m a professional artist living purely off art sales for the last year now, so I’m obviously broke more often than not.. When I’m clear headed I really don’t mind scraping coins because I know that painting is my true calling and I can’t hold any other job, but there’s a lot of anxious noise that floats through the air and I sometimes unconsciously grab on to that and my world starts to feel like it’s crumbling. This article has definitely put a few skeletons to rest.. Again, thank you. :)

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