What a career coach's resume looks like

My new resume design took me awhile to put together. I played with it, I wanted it to stand out, and I GET that the content could use some cleaning up, but here it is anyway. It's a work in progress, as all resumes are.

You may drag this resume onto your desktop for further examination.

You can also download a PDF version at the bottom of this post.


Paul Campillo's resume

Feel free to download a PDF version of this resume by clicking on the link below.

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Big Dreams & Paying The Price

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Bank Account 9-19-12
Bank Account 9-19-12

The Big Goal

It's always great to dream big, and fantasize about the kind of world you want to live in.

When you ask yourself what you really, really want, you may be surprised by your answers.

I recently did this exercise, and allowed myself to dream as big as I wanted, and was surprised that my imagination didn't necessarily produce super lofty goals because the desires I have seem to remain the same over time.

I won't list everything, but let's take a look at some of the highlights (not in any particular order):

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  • Have $50,000 in the bank by August 1, 2013
  • Speak in front of hundreds of people (I don't have to do this often, just a few times. I prefer smaller audiences)
  • Write three bestselling books (1 published traditionally, 2 self-published)
  • Travel around the world (Siberia, India, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Philippines, Russia are top of my list)
  • Shoot a documentary
  • Go surfing, skydiving, canyoning (again), and sailboating.
  • Create transformational workshops, courses, and trainings around Wake Up Smiling concepts.
  • Build business ideas with strong teams (Social Tale-Spin and Everybody's Famous)
  • Create an 8 Life Pillar app
  • Build a strong network of relationships
  • Invest money in other people's start-up ideas and support them in their businesses
  • Live from my heart first, then my mind
  • Keep vibrantly healthy and in tune with my body
  • Be in a committed relationship to a woman that makes me wake up smiling
  • Earn at least $1 million dollars a year in income


And that's the short list, even though the meatiest parts are up there. And looking at this list, I can say without hesitation that I really believe I can accomplish all of it. Of course, not all of those listed are "accomplishments" because building a strong support network of friends/business partners and being in a committed relationship with one person is an ongoing, continuous process.

Obviously, some of the list requires more detail and specific end dates, but I'll take care of that later.

The point is, this is my version of dreaming BIG, and I know that as I move towards these goals, more opportunities will avail themselves, and what I'll be able to accomplish will expand.

It's been my experience that whole new paths open up as I move into action and start making some serious progress, and then it's up to me whether I take those paths when they present themselves, or stay the course.

Having a list like this is great, and everybody ought to have one. But as I look at the list, a thought knocks me over the head...

Paying The Price

When I have big dreams and have set lofty goals, the one question that I forget to ask myself is:

What's the price I have to pay for 'x'?

You ever think of that? What's the price you're going to have to pay to get something? To achieve that? To accomplish such and so?

What price are you willing to pay to make that dream a reality?

Practicing, rehearsing, and building those habits is the price you have to pay.

The hundreds of hours of piano lessons you put in, so you can play competently in front of others.

The daily grind of speaking a language that sounds so awful coming out of your mouth that you wonder how you can continue, but still motivated by the idea that one day you will speak it fluently.

The exercising and walking each day to get your weight back to sanity or the torturous process of sculpting your abs for that beach body look.

The discipline of writing everyday no matter what, and posting it for others to see and critique, because you know your work will improve with time.

Or how about speaking in front of strangers when ever you get a chance because one day you want to be speaking in front of hundreds of people at a time.

Watch the following video, and then answer the questions that follow.

Many people know Hugh Jackman is from Australia, and is probably best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-men series. But many also don't realize that he's won a Tony award, and as demonstrated from the video, is a complete performer, meaning he can sing, act, and dance while hosting the world's most prestigious entertainment award ceremony.

Bravo, man!

But here are the pertinent questions:

How many hours of practice did he log to get to his current level of vocal ability? (FYI, his vocal skills will also be on display in the upcoming December release of Les Miserables)

How many hours of dance rehearsal and choreography has he put in to perform at this level?

How many hours of practice (singing, acting, dancing, and theater) do you think he put into doing this ONE SKIT, to pull off one of the greatest opening numbers in the history of the Oscars?

And finally...

What price did he have to pay to get to perform at such a high level?

Here's another example.

Legend has it that Stevie Wonder used to write a song a day, everyday. Now, he didn't use them all, obviously, and more of those songs never made it to an album, let alone a single.

But still, a song a day. And that doesn't include actually composing the music, editing, rehearsing, and playing with band members. Oh yeah, and being blind certainly has its drawbacks to the whole process, although he probably would never use that as an excuse for anything.

What price did Stevie have to pay in time and energy to hone his craft? How many hours did he invest into writing songs, composing music, rehearsing, forging strong relationships with promoters, managers, band members, and agents?

Think about how much frustration he had to endure? How many times did he get screwed over? What else did he have to sacrifice?


Paying the price is one thing. This is what you have to give in order to get something. The bigger the goal, the more you'll have to give. Simple math.

But sacrifice is the other side of the coin. It's what you give up in order to get something. This includes abstaining from all the fun and enjoyment, and giving up some of the everyday pleasures and comforts that nobody sees, but then ignorantly suggest that it was talent that carried the our hero to stardom.

It's giving up the ski trip with your friends to focus on studying.

It's not seeing your girlfriend or boyfriend for long periods of time while you're working on a life changing project.

It's going to war for your country, forsaking all the comforts of home life and leaving your family not knowing if you'll return in one piece.

Here's a definition of sacrifice I learned some time back. I think you'll find it useful:

Sacrifice is when you give up something of value, for something of greater value.

If you're not giving up something valuable, then there is no sacrifice, just mere exchange. And you have to give up a lot in order to realize the big dreams that seem beyond your reach, and experience the awesome life you only fantasized about living.

What am I giving up? What am I willing to give up for this greater dream?

For physical health, maybe it's giving up sweets and the comfort that comes from NOT exercising.

For a successful and growing business, I will have to give up the ten great ideas I have and concentrate on just one. I will also have to give up recreation time, relationship time, etc.

To earn ridiculous amounts of money, I will have to give up the safety net of the past and make myself extremely vulnerable to others.

To learn a language fluently, I will have to give up the certainty I have when communicating, to sound silly, awkward, and embarrass myself while I learn.

To shoot that documentary, I will have to give up time with the people closest to me as well as every luxury, and travel to a foreign country to make a movie that may turn out to be a fruitless endeavor.

Making those sacrifice requires courage, incredible faith, and an unwavering commitment to the vision.

And even after all that, it may not even work out in the end. The endless hours, the tireless energy and effort you put into something, and everything else that suffered along the way while you pursuing your dreams may turn into nothing.

It's easy to see why many never make that big sacrifice, and that makes settling easier to do, even justified. Why take the risk if I'm not guaranteed at least a modicum of success?

Look at your own dreams. Look at your REAL VISION, and ask yourself, are you doing everything you can to get it? Are you willing to drop everything to go after it?

When I think about it, my answer is "no". No, I'm not doing everything I can. Not totally, and not with full abandon.

I see where I wavered, where I stepped off the practice field, where I succumbed to old habits, or just gave in and gave up.

Yet, I pick myself back up again. And I give up again.

I give up every time I don't pay the price. Every time I don't exercise, don't practice, don't rehearse, and don't focus on what "I say" is most important to me.

The Repetitive Questions

When ever motivation is low or when I need a kick in the pants, I'll have these questions posted nearby to remind me of what it takes to make epic sh*t happen.

What price am I willing to pay for my dream?

What sacrifices am I willing to make?

What's the price that I will have to pay for mastery or to be a high level performer?

And the practical side to all of this is in my answers.

I'm going to have to write for three hours a day, at least five days a week, and not one second less.

I'm going to have to start producing videos at least once a week.

I'm going to have to increase the intensity of my workouts.

I'm going to have to offer a lot of my work for free.

I'm going to have to join Toastmasters (again), and attend consistently.

I'm going to have to spend hours of concentrated time creating products, and the corresponding offers that g0 with them.

In other words, it's time to step the f*** up!

See y'all next week.

Paul "Payin' the Cost" Campillo

Unmotivated, Distracted, and Passionless - Now What?

[dropcap type="2"]W[/dropcap]eek 4 is complete. This week, being unmotivated, distractions, and my waning passion. But first, SCOREBOARD:

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Total Earnings

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Bank Statement 8-29-12
Bank Statement 8-29-12


What do you do when you stop caring? Really, what do you do? Do you keep working at your job even though you know, deep down, that it's dulling your senses and killing any life you have left? Do you stay in a relationship just for the kids, even though you feel more and more depressed as time goes on?

Or do you just drop it, say thank you, and move on to something greater?

It's not an easy question to answer, there's just too many variables involved. But this is where I find myself, even at the beginning of my long quest.

No, I haven't given up on my goal of $50,000 in the bank by August 1, 2013. Not even close. And no, I'm not depressed or lost my zeal for life. Far from it.

But I am questioning my way of getting to this goal, because as I plod along on Value Detectives, I'm realizing that I don't necessarily want to do web design and internet marketing for just anyone. I actually learned these skills out of necessity to get my own sites going, but when others (who are even less clear than I am) get involved in the process, it can feel like the workload has doubled.

Surprising revelation, I know.

Can I make money at this? Sure, and I've done that. But I find myself NOT trying hard enough to get my own site and business going, and that is concerning me.

I could list numerous reasons why, but we'll just say that I'm not super stoked or passionate about convincing people that they have a huge hole in their marketing, when most are pretty clueless about the entire subject of marketing, particularly marketing online (from my experience, anayway).

And this bothers me. It bothers me because I go back and forth between providing this valuable, much needed service for others on the one hand, and on the other, I say to myself, "Why do this for others when I could be doing this for myself and my own projects?!"

I would be more than happy providing this service for people who's projects I actually CARE ABOUT. But to do it for just any ol' body is not making me jump for joy. (As I write this, there's definitely a clue for me to really get within this paragraph)

It's conflicting, and I realize that on some deeper level, I'm not congruent and in sync. My mind is split, and my actions express what I feel deep inside. In those moments, when I'm conflicted, Value Detectives is laborious at best, and energy sucking at its worse.

And this conflicting behavior leads to a lack of productivity and inaction, and an increase in distractions...


When you work for yourself and from your own home, there are pros and cons. The worst part are the distractions, and for every distraction, there's a reason why behind it.

I know a few reasons why I get distracted, but lets's list some of these, though not in any particular order:
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  1. I'm Alone

    Working from home sucks because you have little interaction with others. The neighbors must think I'm a hermit or a recluse, until they see my car gone for the two-three days a week that I need to work for that other company or get groceries so I can survive.


    It's important for me to distinguish being alone (physical) and loneliness (emotional). Being alone doesn't bother me, and I'm used to it. It doesn't necessarily give me an advantage over having a smart team around, but there are some advantages.


    Loneliness is something that creeps into my psyche from time to time, and I'm ok with that. It's rare, but when it does come, it comes with a wallop.


    The point is, when I'm alone it's so much easier look at email, answer a phone call, read a text message, and click on anything that appears interesting, because it's as close to human contact that I can get at that moment.


    Of course it's not human contact, but it at least FEELS closer to it than what I was. Also, when you're alone, working as a one-person team, there's no real accountability....

  1. No Real Accountability

    Who's going to say, "Hey! Did you produce 'such and such'? Nobody. I'm accountable to myself, and that can be good and bad.


    When deadlines are set, and they're not met, what are the ramifications? What are the consequences? What's going to happen if this doesn't get done? It's all on me, and it's easy to block out and justify why something doesn't get done.


    I do it all the time. And that's just a lack of discipline...

  1. Lack Of Discipline

    It's easy to run on auto-pilot and default mode. It's easy to get caught up in Youtube, the politics of the day, Facebook friends' updates, click on pics of hot chics, read email of other people's agendas (what else is email, anyway?), look at the latest sports news, chat with friends, etc.


    It's just a lack of discipline, which could mean a few things. Either I'm doing the "wrong" thing, which could mean I don't care about this activity or project enough. So why am I even doing this?


    Or, maybe I'm not clear on what the next step is, so I click on anything (an article or an email link) that will give me a focus for the time being.


    Or, maybe I am clear on next steps to take, but I don't think I'm skilled enough to do a particular activity or  so I sit there stuck. Imperfection is just another form of fear, and maybe I need to take my own advice.


    I'm sure there are more reasons for undisciplined behavior, but these are mine.


Obviously distractions aren't getting me anywhere, but as I look at the reasons WHY I'm distracted, then I really have to re-examine the path I'm taking, as well as the activities I'm willing to do to get where I want to go.

Money follows value. And people act, in any given moment, based on what we value most in that moment. Any action taken by anybody in the world in this very moment represents what they TRULY value. No exceptions.

And as I click on another Youtube video, this reflects what I value the most in that moment. And that means something needs to change, stat!

Realization: The value I provide to others must include activities which I value doing AND must also include problems that I am passionate (highly value) about solving.


I simply mistook my capabilities and skills as my passion. In reality, I'm not passionate about doing web design and marketing FOR MOST PEOPLE. It's enjoyable, but it can also be very frustrating, especially when all involved are going in different directions.

When I'm working on a project with someone else, especially a design project, then I can expect a lot of miscommunication and I usually end up with more work than I originally set out to do. Working with the right people is crucial to my sanity, and goes a long way in the quality of work I produce.

For me to be firing on all cylinders, I need to be doing what I really ENJOY doing (which involves something I'm highly skilled at and something I'm talented in), AND I have to be working on a problem that I'm extremely EXCITED about solving for others.

You may have heard the mantra, do what you love and the money will follow, especially since a book with that same title was written. And you may have also heard that doing what you love will NOT bring in the moolah, so don't focus solely on what you're passionate about, because the market doesn't care about what you love to do (and they don't).

It's not an "either/or" situation for me, and as I tend to conclude, the answer is usually a mixture of BOTH.

I think people ought to do what they love and enjoy their work and lives as much as humanly possible, and integrate that with what they're talented and highly skilled in. Yes!

But I think the missing piece of the equation to the "do what you love" motto is applying those skills, talents, and unique abilities to a PROBLEM you're also passionate about solving.

Passionate Doing x Passionate Problem Solving = Following Your Bliss

Motivated, But More Importantly, Inspired

And as I reflect upon what I just wrote, I see that I have NOT brought the two elements together in my everyday experience properly. And that's why I fizzle and slow down on my main project before a month's work has been put in.

Following my bliss is essentially doing what I love to do and applying that to a problem I'm passionate about solving or alleviating. Not just solving for self, but for other people as well.

I've done this before. I think we all have to some degree, and it seems, for significant results, spectacular even, we must marry the two. Of course, it's easier said than done, BUT, it does give me a north star. And as I write this, it gives me a greater sense of clarity on my next steps.

But, can you imagine not doing this AT ALL?

You're NOT using the unique talents you were born with -- AT ALL?. You're NOT doing what you REALLY, REALLY enjoy doing -- AT ALL?. You're NOT working on problems you're passionate or deeply care about solving, but instead work on problems that bore you, dull you, and turn you off?

Yes, you may be highly skilled at doing something, but if the other elements are missing (caring deeply about something, expressing your true talents, etc.), then how are you benefiting? How will you reach your true potential? How can you feel invigorated and TRULY ALIVE?

Guess you'll just have to wait for the weekend to experience that, huh?


Value Detectives is still part of the plan, but not how I originally envisioned it. I will need to angle it so that I am working with the people I want to work with (still to be defined), solving THE problem I care about the MOST, and focusing on applying my unique abilities to the work, so I'm not bored or even frustrated.

My main strategy is now clear.

Marry my talents, skills, and unique abilities with a problem I deeply care about solving. And that will become my ultimate business.

It will propel me to refine and define myself more precisely. It will bring the best out of me because I will have a specific message to give people, rather than having the 3-5 elevator pitches I have on hand depending on who I'm talking to.

It will also keep me driven and inspired, instead of the whole, "I need to work for the money" mentality. Granted, I still do a bit of that, but I am learning not to compromise my core integrity and sell out on my dreams.

And NO, the $50,000 dollars is not a dream of mine. I just see it as a means to do greater things, as well as an awesome indicator that I am giving tremendous value to the people of the world.

I am actually living a portion of my dream now, it just needs some expansion. I really enjoy writing, but next year, I want to be on a train, speeding through Europe, working on my next book.

Next Steps

For the week, I will:

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  • Figure out and really nail down my offer for Value Detectives (What I'm willing to give, who I'm willing to give it to, and for how much) -- September 5, 2012
  • Work on video script for Wake Up Smiling (outline is almost complete)
  • Finish reading The $100 Startup -- Still September 5, 2012
  • Figure out the Kindle platform and get Butt-Naked Abundance on Amazon


That's it for now. Take care of yourself and have a great week.