The Bowhunter's Guide To Career Freedom

BF100: Host Philip Havens and the 100th Podcast Episode Celebration

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This Episode Celebrates The 100th Episode Of Bowhunting Freedom

Bowhunting Freedom host Philip Havens celebrates the 100th episode of the podcast. The launch of the show on October 24th seems like such a long time ago. Today we celebrate you, my listeners, followers, and fans. I also try to kick you in the seat of the pants to get you to question what you are doing for work and in your career. Is the career path that you are on going to get you to the destination in life that you want?

Welcome to the 100th episode – I’m celebrating this week
This episode brought to you by Philip Havens Technology LLC
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Did you know that there are more podcast listeners than Twitter users in the US?
17% listen to podcasts vs 15% who have Twitter accounts
I’ve been busy with some new website and content marketing clients
Career & life coaching services coming – reason why?

Main topic to discuss

Reference Michael Hyatt’s recent email – Where are you right now?
Is your life leading to a destination you want to end up at?
Discuss last 7 week series of top shows from 2015

Discussion about the free career guide and some of the points made in the career guide
There is an audio version of the career guide available in episodes #84 for part one, #85 for part two, and #86 for part three
Read some recent emails and make comments

Email #1

Hey Phil… I recently got into twitter (I’ve been on other social media for a while). I started following you and noticed that you talk about career changes, and doing what you love, etc.

A little background about me. I’ve loved the outdoors ever since I could remember. I am heavily involved in church and an outdoor ministry. We take men on hunting retreats all over the southeast where we talk about what it means to be a Godly father, husband, and man. I am a husband and father.

I am a Supervisor at a manufacturing facility where I have worked for a little over 10 years. I am very unhappy at my job and all I think about is having a career in the outdoor industry where I can go to work happy each day and make money while doing it. I read on I think it was the career guide that there are always jobs open in the outdoor industry. I guess my question is, how does one find out about those jobs?

I’m very involved in social media, photography, and videography. Whether these be for myself or for the outdoor ministry where I volunteer. What is there out there where I can find a job that fits into what I love? God bless!

Email #2

I am an IT architect with the dream of becoming an outdoor writer. I appreciate all you do. I just got an iTunes review up. I appreciate what you do and can’t wait to make the leap!

Email #3

Good afternoon, Phil. I want to start off by thanking you for the service that you provide. Your podcast is incredibly valuable and I know it is helping and blessing many people. I also want to thank you for following me on twitter. I had not heard of your podcast until you started following me on twitter and I looked at your profile and found out exactly who you were and what you did. Since then I have been binge listening to all the episodes and have made it through 45 or so in the last 5-6 weeks and can’t wait to get through them all.

To tell you a little about myself, I’m 32 years old with a wife and two young daughters. I have a job that pays me fairly well within a very large corporation. While I do find some satisfaction in certain aspects of my job I know it is not my dream career, and their are many days that I am incredibly frustrated. My current job requires that I work a lot of hours, and while I do get a decent amount of vacation time it doesn’t always offset the hours that I work and the time away from my family and away from enjoying time in the outdoors. My frustration with my current job has pushed me to explore other opportunities and discovering your podcast could not have come at a better time. After listening I felt compelled to contact you and thank you, as well as ask a few questions.

I’m making an effort to try to take one actionable step on at least one of my goals every day. I know that I have a passion for hunting but I’m unsure of exactly what career in the hunting industry would help me fulfill my passion and would be my “dream job.” I want to explore different opportunities to try to learn about them and see where I think I fit best. To do this I’ve started to compile a list of people that are doing various jobs throughout the industry (much like your list of podcast guests) to learn about what they do and see if any opportunities exist for me to help them while also gaining experience and trying to develop a network of people I can talk to.

My main question is what do you recommend as the best way to go about contacting these people? Should I send an e-mail, call, contact on social media, etc? And when I do contact them should I be very direct in what I’m looking for in the initial contact or should I ask for the opportunity to speak to them (either in person or through phone conversation) to get more information? Obviously none of these people will know me prior to my first contact with them and I want to make sure I make the most of every opportunity to glean information and network.

I have many questions and I’m sure I will come up with more throughout this process, but I have already been very long-winded and I want to respect your time. Thank you for taking the time to read my email, and thanks again for your service. Keep up the good work!

Email #4

(I received the following email addressed to one of my other guests)
I recently listened to Philip Havens podcast and you were on it. It sounds like I have a similar mind set as you. I have a God-given talent of thinking outside the box and can modify or invent things in just about any market. I have a few outdoor inventions that I know will be an instant hit, but I’m too afraid to make a business mistake and get ripped off. I have been sitting on development and sales for years now for that reason. I contacted Greg Abbas last year and haven’t set up a consult with him yet, but planning to do so within the next week. Do you have any good advice for me or any contacts that will not take my ideas or money and run? Thanks for any info.

Email #5

Philip, I just wanted to thank you for your podcasts and your mission. I have been on the fence when it comes to starting my online business, but my wife and I made a decision to jump down from the fence and pursue my dream in 2016.

I have had this passion for a long time to teach people how to hunt. So I am starting a web business designed to teach beginning and new hunters by mentoring them.

I registered my domain in 2010, but I have just sat on the idea with very little activity. I have a goal for 2016 – 2020 to see the trend of hunters in the United States go from a decline to a stable level or upward trend as the sport grows in popularity through the process of helping people get started in the sport of hunting.

I also really appreciated your podcast with Mark Kenyon who I also think is a classy guy with a great vision and mission.

I am very blessed to have grown up in Idaho with a lifetime of hunting experience. Now it’s time to give back to the sport that has given me so much.

I would appreciate your input and any suggestions you would like to offer as we start this venture. I am currently learning how to grow my social network (facebook, twitter) and doing some stuff to make my website better. I plan to start a podcast myself in March and grow my influence that way also.

Keep up the great work and God bless your future plans.

Email #6

Phil, I am overdue in thanking you for emailing your guide. I also really appreciate your question.

My biggest challenge right now is trying to decide where I truly want to go. I’ve spent many years taking life as it comes, and I’ve been blessed in many ways, but very uninspired and growing dissatisfied with accepting that for the next 15-20 years. I bought my first bow in November, so am brand new to archery, but find my self rather delightfully obsessed and interested unlike anything I’ve discovered for many years. So I don’t know if an “outdoor” career is in the cards, but I sense the outdoors in my DNA, and untapped.

I grew up in small north-central Kansas towns, mostly rural living until before “moving to town” in high school. Life was tough, broken home, etc., but I found confidence, peace and a sense of worth working on a farm. I joined the Air Force but didn’t want to make a career of it, attending Kansas State after. Since then it’s the corporate, cubicle farm scenery for me on a daily basis here in the NW Chicago burbs. I’ve had success, have always longed for a different reality, but have never had the vision and/or courage to break out. I have a tremendously supportive and loving wife and two boys, a good life overall and my overcharged sense for stability and golden handcuffs has always been overriding factors. That and the all important, absent vision – Never can say what I want.

But now the discovery of archery and bow hunting is becoming a metaphor for exploring where I want to go. I spent several thousand dollars in 2013 working with a “life coach”, but he (we really) couldn’t draw anything out. I’m finding that your career guide (at a lower price – free) captures the spirit of what that fellow was taking me through, but now I have the bow in hand giving me something to aim (pun intended) my thoughts around.

I’ll also add, I really appreciated your Dec 18 and 25 podcasts. The stories were inspiring. (Fifteen years ago I off and on daydreamed, and nothing more, about doing something similar to what you’re doing, but in printed form; interviewing people who were doing what they loved for a living – wish I’d acted on it). I too am a man of faith, at least striving to be, and trying to figure what in the world God would have me do, how this all fits. I’m very happy that I stumbled across your podcast based on a simple search and a craving for more archery info, but I also found spiritual messages.

Anyway, thanks again Phil, and perhaps we’ll be in touch.

Email #7

Phil, First I wanted to thank you for your podcast. I don’t recall how I found it but I have been subscribed for almost a year. I remember when I first starting listening to the shows I found them interesting, but they didn’t apply to me since my wife and I own and operate two fairly successful businesses. One day this fall while deer hunting with my son I looked for something to listen to in my podcasts and found your one year anniversary show with parts of Dan Perez’s interview. I can’t fully describe how I felt listening to that show but it shook me to my core. I loved everything about Dan’s story. I could relate to everything he talked about except his passion for his job something that’s missing for me. All I can think about is Dan’s story about calling his wife while taking pictures of a farm from a creek with his Nokia phone and telling her he can’t believe he’s getting paid to do this job. I want that feeling, but I’m stuck in that state of fear you refer to often in your shows.

My wife and I own a two businesses that are both providing us a very nice living, but create a great deal of stress for both of us. I just turned 53 and our youngest graduates high school this coming May. It doesn’t seem like the time I would go out looking for a different career, but I can’t imagine doing what I’m doing now for the rest of my life. After listening to the anniversary show I went back and listened to episode #2 with Dan Perez and I can’t get the thoughts it provokes out of my head. I also listened to the audio version of the 7 steps guide to career freedom and I printed it out and did the exercises. I’m afraid to show it to my wife because I expect her reaction to be Are you Crazy! I keep thinking if I just change a few things at work it will be better. I believe that I’m just fooling myself.

Phil I don’t know what I expect you to do, but I would take any advice you have for me. Thanks for you and your podcast and I will be putting you and your family in my prayers.


Most importantly, thank you for listening!

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