Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B

Join me for the next installment in my Chat with Mer series with Tess Vigeland, Author, veteran journalist & former host of public radio’s Marketplace: Thurs. 10/29, 12pm PT/3pmETtess-vigland-mmi

What if not having a plan is key to having what you truly want?

Tess has been on an incredible journey.

A few years ago, she had achieved significant fame and success anchoring national public radio’s Marketplace Money. At the pinnacle of her career, she left her dream job to leap into the great unknown. For the first time in her life, she did not have a plan for what she would do next.

What followed was a messy, humbling process that has ultimately turned into a fulfilling new chapter of her life.

I was in the audience three years ago when Tess took the stage at the 2000-person auditorium at World Domination Summit to talk about her decision to leave her job, and what it brought up for her. At the time, she was vulnerable, undecided, and conflicted about having left her position, which was still fresh; plus she had just found out that she was not selected for another, highly coveted anchoring position that would have been a logical, prestigious next step in her career progression. Her undoneness was powerful that day, and the audience swallowed it up. She was so relatable, so raw, and so real about her struggle. It was an amazing moment.

And, it was a moment that changed her life. A book publisher was in the audience and approached her, leading to the publication this fall of Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want. The outpouring of support she received, and the powerful conversations attendees and others in subsequent months who related to her story, led her on an investigative, and very personal journey to embrace the unknown and see where it led her.

In this interview, you’ll hear Tess’ incredible story of self-discovery, and how sometimes not having a plan is the best way to get what you truly want in your life.

You will learn how to:

  • How to let go of the baggage that keeps you in a job – and a career- that doesn’t suit you anymore, because of all you’ve “invested”
  • Three things to look out for that are signs that it is time to quit
  • How a lifetime planner can benefit from not having a plan – and how to sit with the discomfort that comes up when you do
  • How the way we view work and how work views us today makes us sick
  • How to separate who you are from what you do


This call will be live, and we’ll open it up to your ideas and questions at the end.

And, I will be giving away copies of Tess’ book to those who participate in the live Q&A.

The call will also be recorded, so if you can’t make it live but want to listen in, sign up and you’ll receive the replay afterwards. You can even send me your questions ahead of time and we’ll try to answer them during the presentation.

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