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I woke up and stared at my phone.

It was Steve’s birthday. What do you say to your best friend on his birthday? Tell him how important he is to you? Send him something funny? Simply tell him Happy Birthday?

No, none of that was worthy of him. Instead, I texted him a life-changing quote that I read every year on my birthday – a quote that’s so deep… so intense… that just contemplating it for a single day is never enough.

It’s from David Deida, and it goes like this: “What do I need to do or become before I die, so I can die full, complete, and happy?”

I pushed send… and deep thoughts started filling my head about what I’m doing in life and why I’m here.

A few minutes later, I got an email from Brad Howard. The subject line said, “If today were the last day of my life…”

Inside was the Steve Jobs speech – the one he gave 1 year after being diagnosed with Cancer.

“For the past 33 years, I’ve woken up, looked in the mirror and asked myself…

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?

And whenever the answer has been, no, for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life…

Because almost everything…

– All external expectations…

– All pride…

– All fear of embarrassment or failure…

These things just fall away in the face of death…

Leaving only what is TRULY important…

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose…

You are already naked…

So there is no reason not to follow your heart.”

– Steve Jobs

There Is No Reason NOT to Follow Your Heart

This quote from David Deida and the Steve Jobs speech, there’s a reason they came into my life 5 minutes apart today.

It’s a reminder that one day, each of us will die. [click to continue…]

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I’ve written some nasty, awful, and downright mean blog posts…

And deleted them the next day. You’ll never read them.

They came from a place of hurt and pain.

They weren’t going to serve anyone when written from that place. But I haven’t lost the ideas that I want so desperately to share. I just needed to process some of the hurt, pain, and anger, to get to the point where I feel like I can actually share with you what I really want without out all the ego and emotions.

I’m very sad about the current state of medicine. I feel the sadness of the physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and everyone else involved.

And I’ve been the receiver of their sadness transmitted in awful bedside manners, curt explanations, dodging my questions, no regard for my long-term health, downright bad recommendations, never telling me about the side effects, and there was that time I got yelled at.

I’ve received this pain and gotten very angry about it.

And if that’s what had to happen for me to be able to write this message right back to all the people in the health industry… I’d gladly do it all over again.   [click to continue…]

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I never thought our little SCD Lifestyle blog would allow me to quit my job…

But one day, in our 4th year doing this, I quit my engineering job. I walked away. I took the leap.

People have asked me what it was like. Did I throw a party? Fly to a beach somewhere? Pop champagne?

No. In fact, the truth is: it was scary!

That day we really went for it, my heart was racing. I felt hot. I felt dizzy.

What was I thinking? What if we fail? Could this really put food on the table for my kids?

Instead of celebrating, I immediately started working my @ss off…

It didn’t hit me until later, but that decision was a pivotal milestone in our growth from a little blog to a 7-figure online health business with a growing team of 8 employees…

And part of a bigger mission of helping millions of people.

Many of you have asked for more “behind the scenes” details about how we were able to turn our passion for health into a full-time career over the last 6 years.

Over the next few days, we’re going to pull back the curtain and share details about how we got to where we are today… and teach you how to do it too. [click to continue…]

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We’re looking for a Customer Happiness Engineer to help us support our growing community.

This is a paid contract position you can do from home and would require between 30-40 hours a week.

We’re looking for someone who:

  1. Understands our community. Maybe you, or someone you know, has dealt with health challenges. You have empathy for the sick and a passion for helping others.
  2. Has sweet writing skills! You probably have a background or some experience with writing. Copywriting experience is a definite bonus. This role will primarily be communicating with people through the written word, so this is an important one…
  3. Follows us or has a good understanding of real food diets such as SCD, Paleo, GAPS, Weston A Price, Autoimmune Paleo, etc. giving you the ability to help address customer’s inquiries on more complex issues. Any formal education in this area would be a plus.
  4. Has the ability to manage time and workload efficiently, strong organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize and modify priorities accordingly. This role allows you the flexibility to work from home, but you’ll need to be able to manage yourself well.
  5. Has excellent communication skills and the ability to address customer’s needs and concerns in an empathic and impactful way. You have patience, and the ability to intently listen. Experience in online customer support is not necessary, but would be a bonus.
  6. Has the ability to confirm and identify business and customer needs, challenges, and opportunities in order to develop viable solutions.
  7. Is available to work 30-40 hours a week.
  8. Lives in the United States.
  9. Is “tech savvy” with things like Office, Google Docs, Dropbox, Facebook Groups, email, etc.
  10. Is extremely dependable… not the “This usually doesn’t happen, but it happened again” type.
  11. Doesn’t take things personally, have feelings hurt easily or get offended. Stays objective and likes to always use logic to make decisions – like an engineer :-)

If you’re the type of person who likes working alone and does not like communicating and interacting with others, then this probably is NOT right for you.

On the other hand, if you’re the type of person who is passionate about communicating with and supporting a large community of people on a healing journey, then this might be perfect for you! [click to continue…]

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