Finding Motivation: How Author Elisa Schmitz of 30Seconds Inspired Me to Change Careers & "Become the Fire" by Margaret Steck

Finding Motivation: How Author Elisa Schmitz of 30Seconds Inspired Me to Change Careers & "Become the Fire"

Become the Fire: Transform Life's Chaos Into Business and Person Success by Elisa Schmitz is a fantastic read for anyone that needs inspiration for starting a successful business or endeavor. I took notes as I read the book, answering the questions she asks within each chapter and highlighting some of the key aspects I want to develop in my own endeavors. 

The book reads as if you're having coffee with a friend who's taking the time to walk you through the steps she took to launch her businesses. And in my case, I do consider Elisa a friend!

I first met Elisa in 2014 when I was helping my husband launch a family app, and I found 30SecondMom (now 30Seconds) online. I loved the idea of moms helping moms by providing tips for just about anything, and I wrote to Elisa to find out how I could become a contributor to the site. 

Fast forward nine years later, and I absolutely love the opportunities through 30Seconds – especially to meet up with Elisa for lunch or coffee whenever she visits Seattle!

Become the Fire will always be a resource I'll reach for when I need that extra motivation or to look back to see if maybe I've missed one of her great pieces of advice. Above all, I loved the simplicity of looking for opportunities all around and envisioning how to fill a need and make life better for others!

Just that simple exercise alone in Elisa's book helped me to identify my next career in life – to become a fitness trainer for peri-menopausal and menopausal women. Moreover, I feel as though I have a good friend in Elisa whenever I need a little extra motivation or advice as I navigate through the unknown!

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This is really inspiring. I read the book and loved it!
Elisa Schmitz
You are amazing, Margaret Steck , thank you! I am so honored that you read "Become the Fire" and enjoyed it. I'm humbled if the book's message sparked something inside of you, and so excited to watch you shine as you start your next chapter in life! What a great way to make a difference for women. Sign me up!! Thank you for sharing this. I'm so grateful we connected, and I'm thankful for your friendship. Hope to see you in Seattle again soon!
Margaret Steck
Thank YOU, my friend! I am on my way to become ACSM-CT certified, and I couldn't be more excited!
Elisa Schmitz
That is SO COOL! Keep me posted on how things are going. I'm really excited for you!

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