Jamie Sears thought she had found her dream job as a lobbyist for the Arizona Supreme Court. However, after she had children, she wanted to work less hours, be more present, and spend her days hanging out with family. Despite her initial reluctance, she decided to go back to school to become a teacher.

She struggled in her first year in the classroom. However, when she shifted her mindset and allowed her students to participate more, she experienced a breakthrough. At the same time, she realized that the standard teaching materials didn’t engage her students at all – and this ultimately led her to create a membership site. Now, at Not So Wimpy Teacher, she helps teachers go from feeling overwhelmed to feeling confident and excited about teaching writing.

Today, Jamie joins the podcast to share her journey from political major to thriving entrepreneur. You’ll learn how she found a niche that deeply needed her and why the membership model gave her the power to take her wildly successful course to the next level.

Key Takeaways

  • Why Jamie left her previous career as a lobbyist to become a teacher – and why the skills she learned in her previous career uniquely help her empower kids.
  • The moment Jamie realized that her side project, which she was thrilled to make even $11 from in its first month, had scaled to become a wildly successful business.
  • How she shifted from a hobbyist to an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • How producing free videos on Facebook revealed a massive need – leading her to create her hugely successful course.
  • Why the membership model stops her from overwhelming subscribers.

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Memorable Quote

  • “I saw this turnaround when I started to treat children like they were as important as I was. Instead of trying to be the boss, I was the leader or the coach. I was allowing them to participate instead of trying to control them.” – Jamie Sears
  • “At all my other jobs, I was lacking passion. I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing.” – Jamie Sears

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Shelli Varela

When you reframe your inner story, you reframe what’s possible. This is the mantra of our host, Shelli Varela who achieved incredible success, blazing a trail to become a fire captain, author, TED speaker, and host of The Yes Effect on Entrepreneur's list of 48 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs. Today, she uses the same approach to show people how to magnetize their message to achieve their dreams, and discover how they can make a BIGGER impact.

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