PRO U Member Jane Ball Featured in Toronto Star
April 14, 2012 | Posted by PRO U | Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Personal Development | 5 Comments
On this week’s JK Mastermind, Jay Kubassek brought on PRO member Jane Ball as part of a series of 10 Mastermind sessions with her. Over these 10 sessions, Jay will personally coach Jane to help change her mindset through PRO and help her live the life she wants to live as an entrepreneur. Her journey with PRO will be chronicled in the Turning Point, a series about life reinvention in the Toronto Star, one of Canada’s largest newspapers.
As her first foray into the world of self employment, Jane is naturally a little nervous. “I’m afraid of failure”, she says, “and letting everyone down.” Jay understands: “It’s realistic that you feel afraid or apprehensive,” Jay tells Jane on the Mastermind. “I don’t think you’d be normal or a human being if you didn’t. You’re in a place of unknown and outside your comfort zone. And that’s the space you have to be in to improve your life.”
During the next several weeks, Jane will learn what Jay calls “the survival skills of the Internet”
and learn the right skills and daily method of operation to move her business forward in alignment with where she wants to take it. “It’s much easier to deal with day to day challenges when you feel like you’re on the right path,” Jay says.
In the next JK Mastermind session, Jay wants to help Jane paint a very clear picture of what she wants to accomplish in her business. “When you have a clear picture in your mind of what you want, it makes the actions you have to take much easier,
” says Jay. “And if you’ve ever felt like you’re in a box and trapped, you’ve got to think outside the box to escape from it.
“That’s where it’s really important to have a mentor who exists outside the box,” he adds. “You want to create a new circle of influence that’s outside the box to help you get out of it. Developing this circle will surround you with people who encourage you to succeed and go on where others might not, and that encouragement will help you build belief – which is the driver for the actions we take that can lead us to success.”
The path to success is not a straight line, and Jay encourages Jane to “give yourself permission to fail along the way.”
For Jane, having PRO as a guide on her path to success is a new experience: “I’ve never had a mentor before in my life. And when I started dreaming about my independence, the Internet didn’t exist. It’s almost as if I didn’t find my dream because it wasn’t there yet.” Jay believes that Jane has the right timing of coming into her own as an entrepreneur: “Everything has its own right timing. Maybe you would have wished you could have had this opportunity at 16, but understand that as a 50-year-old, you can reach and inspire people that a 16-year-old can’t. You’re going to be an example to a ton of baby boomers out there who don’t know that they have options out there to reinvent themselves. By being featured in the Toronto Star, you’re going to be an example to a lot of people and show them that they have more choices in their life than they knew about before they knew about you.”
The first goal of the Mastermind series with Jane is to change the foundation of what drives any entrepreneur – her thoughts.
> “The goal here is to really help you shift your mindset on a very deep, core level so that it starts to happen naturally,” Jay says. As someone new to this industry, Jane is experiencing a learning curve as she begins to transform her mindset. “It might take me two hours to do something that someone more familiar with this would take 20 minutes,” Jane says. “It can be overwhelming. I was already in the process of learning something and that gap has made it so that I basically had to start over. There wouldn’t be enough knowledge retained to just jump back into it. But I’m getting better with it. I’m slowly getting past that gap and I can go straight to things now instead of starting from a place of no knowledge.” Jay tells her the learning curve will shorten as she goes along: “You’ll learn quicker as you learn more.
The hard part is digging that hole and getting that foundation in place. That’s the hard part. When you start to build up and build up your value, your lists, your business – that’s the fun part. Most people don’t want to get their hands dirty or go through this part of it, and it’s very difficult to do it on your own. That’s where we come in.”
As a lifelong employee, Jane is new to the entrepreneur mindset. “It’s like learning a new language that most of the world has never learned,
” Jay says, of waking up your inner entrepreneur. That’s music to Jane’s ears: “It’s a language I’ve been wanting to learn my whole life. This opportunity has changed my life. It made me make a decision that while everybody else was running back to work, I’m moving forward. And everything’s falling into place for me right now.”
Read more about Jane Ball and The Turning Point series in The Toronto Star.