Earlier this year, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking at The Big Event in Sacramento hosted by Brian Sharp. What a fabulous experience! 400 people attended, and each speaker gave a 25 minute TED-style talk telling our story of how we became an entrepreneur. Think business meets motivation!

My topic was “Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion.” In this video, I share my story… the behind-the-scenes (and from the beginning) of how I went from an aspiring Broadway performer to practicing lawyer to successful entrepreneur. People often tell me how cool or strange it is to them that I “effortlessly” just made this shift from performer to lawyer to owner of a coaching/consulting/speaking company. “Effortless” is not a word I would use to describe my journey. Rewarding, yes. Makes a lot of sense looking through the rear-view mirror? Absolutely. But not effortless. This video reveals how it happened… the good, the bad, the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up, and the ugly (can you say FEAR)?

It is my desire that this video will both deeply move you and inspire you to take action to propel your own dreams forward. Wherever you came from and whatever has happened in your life, you have the power to rewrite your story starting today — if you want to, of course. You may be exactly where you want to be. If so, enjoy it, my friend.

What’s YOUR story? How did you get to this point? Do you plan to change it? I would love to hear from you!

About Lisa Montanaro

Lisa Montanaro is a Productivity Consultant, Success Coach, Business Strategist, Speaker and Author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses. To receive her free Toolkit, Achieve Powerhouse Success with Purpose, Passion & Productivity, visit www.LisaMontanaro.com/toolkit. Lisa is the author of "The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life" published by Peter Pauper Press. Through her work, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how Lisa can help you be purposeful, passionate and productive, contact Lisa at (530) 302-5306 or by e-mail at .

6 Responses to “Looking Through the Rear-View Mirror: Sharing My Video from The Big Event”

  1. Michelle

    Absolutely LOVED this! I could relate to so much of what you presented. The talking reference,(that’s probably the one trait everyone would agree on, I talk “too much”, but I’ve toned it down over the years 😉 my desire for Broadway,(I loved and still love dance, and the rest of it) the reference to being multi-passionate and the family responses. I too was the a first generation college student, my Dad is french Canadian, and both my folks actively discouraged pursuing my creative loves and told me to get my head out of “Fantasyland” and find a “real career” so I slowly stopped sketching, didn’t apply to fashion design school or acting or dance in college, so I started at Community College, then took sociology and psych for my Bachelor Degree. But then what?? I almost applied to law school, but decided I didn’t want to work crazy hours as my health wasn’t so great. So I went to grad school for counseling psychology and became a psychotherapist, for ten years in private practice instead. Then a ton of strange quirky health issues started to become worse, my brother died from an accidental overdose of pain meds in 2006, I got on SSDI,and realized I am NOT returning to counseling again. But before I was totally convinced, I still had an active license and CEU’s were needed so I took Life Coach training. At first to get the CEU’s for my counseling license renewal, then I realized I really liked it. Though, just like you said, I’ve got a feeling it’s not the “end all”. My Mom had a stroke two weeks ago and it’s been a stressful few weeks with her hospital surgery and recovery. The kind that makes you reevaluate things on a much deeper level. I really needed to hear your story today. To see your success, and to know, that as my health improves and I continue to play around with my passions and learning, that it’s certainly not too late and I don’t have to pick “one thing”. Thank You for being so free to be yourself. It’s so inspiring and it’s given me exactly what I needed to hear 🙂

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    • Lisa Montanaro

      Michelle- Thanks so much for your heartfelt comment! It means so much to me that the video and my story/message spoke to you. I am so sorry about the losses you have gone through. But it is so wonderful to hear that you are turning all of them into a “redemptive life story” and reevaluate things on a deeper level. It’s not too late! Use all of your talents, skills, passions and experience and be yourself. I look forward to hearing how things progress. Warmly – Lisa

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  2. Christine

    Wow, Lisa, you’re awesome. You own the stage. Speaking is indeed your Art -;) What a life’s journey. I love the idea of transparency and integrating all the aspects of your life into your work/business. ~ Christine Dodier, Spaces in Place, http://www.spacesinplace.com, Walnut Creek, CA

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    • Lisa Montanaro

      Christine – Wow back at you. I appreciate that feedback. It means the world to me. I am delighted that you watched and got something out of it. Looking forward to you fully embracing your brand and all the aspects of your amazing life, Ms. Global Citizen -:)

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  3. C.Lee Cawley

    “I had a quiet moment and was able to indulge and watch The Big Event video from start to finish! I SO enjoyed hearing your story and how you decided to transition your life at each point and why, really I just enjoyed everything! You are such an intuitive soul but you also explained how you planned and worked hard to make the changes work for you, so that you COULD pursue your passion! You are such a gifted speaker, it was very inspirational! I have this little idea in the back of my head… and am inspired by your video to pursue it now. Thanks so much for posting it!” ~ C. Lee Cawley CPO, Simplify You, Arlington, VA

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    • Lisa Montanaro

      C. Lee – Thank you so much for your comment! I’m thrilled that you were able to watch the video, and that you found it so inspirational. I love that it’s going to help you take action on an idea that you have. How exciting! I appreciate that you identified that even though I acted from the heart to make many of the decisions on my journey, that I also strategically planned out many of the actions that I took. I think it’s important for people to recognize that it takes a lot of heart, but also a lot of solid planning and action steps, in order to effectively navigate life’s transitions, career/business or otherwise. 🙂

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