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Finding the answer to “What’s next?”

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What’s next? These two little words carry a lot of weight, have significant meaning and ask a big question. Two words that cross boundaries, sectors and all walks of life. Two words that are so simple and often taken for granted or conveyed with a sigh, gesture or nod. Yet, these two words – what’s next – hold the future.

For me the question, “What’s next?” seems to be popping up everywhere. In my work and life, and has been playing a masterful dance around m

y subconscious. You know how the subconscious works. Remember the last time you finally decided which car you were going to purchase. You thought to yourself, “Not too many people have that model and I can be a little unique.”  Then BAM! like a miracle, don’t you see that car everywhere you turn. Everyone has it – YOUR car. Your subconscious has been put on high alert. So I guess, in terms of what’s next, I am on high alert for you.

“What’s next?” seems to have become my battle cry and mantra of what people SHOULD be asking. In the development stages of my book, “The Wealthy Teacher: Asking the question What’s next?” many titles floated through the  shredder on my path to finding what true meaning it was conveying. As others reviewed the manuscript the conversation evolved and it became crystal clear that was the only logical choice. However, I should have recognized sooner that I was in the ‘What’s next?” business my entire career.

As a former educator, students constantly asked, “What’s next?” However, as I transitioned out of that world and mindset, the significance diminished.

But whoa! It’s back and it’s back strong. I am still in the “What’s next?” business. However, this time around, instead of providing the answers, it has become a journey of discovery.

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last time you asked “What’s next?”  It is a question that appears over and over in our life. It can also have a different meaning and origination point. Is it a question brought on from frustration or from anticipation? You will need to know the difference in order to respond and to get it right. A lot hangs on the answer. Will a choice be made that brings the question up over and over? Or will a choice be made that generates opportunities and alignment? Or, will you rely on others to provide the answers?

What I have been discussing falls in the realm of change. There are so many change theories and strategies that have evolved over time. However, what I have found to be true for me, and continually works best for the individuals and organizations I assist is this simple formula. Let values and passion design the purpose that becomes the compass for the next journey. That is my mantra.

So my question is, how do you approach, “What’s next?” in your world? Do you know how to respond and take action? Do you make sure your decisions are grounded in your values and passion?

Follow your Passion and Success will follow you….

Dr. Victoria Boyd, Author of: The Wealthy Teacher: Answering the question, What’s next?Boyd-WealthyTeacher CVR (2)

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Light At the End of the Tunnel

Oh yea…. sometimes you need to step back and take a breath. I have been AWOL for a couple of months. My fault, the-day-to-day distractions and intensity of getting a book published put writing  for the blog on hold. However, there are some parallels that emerged during the hiatus.

The Wealthy Teacher book will be published by Morgan James Publishing of NYC. Wooo hooo. Now the real work begins, I can really see my light, but I also want to help all of the educators facing a job loss see their light at the end of that tunnel. They are asking what’s next, where do I go, what do I do? I can help and so can you!

My goal is to give as many educators as possible a book free or for S&H cost only. They will then recognize that someone understands their plight and feelings. That I walked in their shoes and know that with a sound plan that taps into what really drives them, their passion, that they can create their own light beam.

How can you help? 10 days ago a campaign launched to fund the books for educators and there are only a few days remaining. Remember, I was also an educator and have the same limited resources but a burning desire to support and guide them. Please take these 3 easy steps.

Step 1 – Visit:

Please visit the site today, there are only a few days left to get the needed resources.

Step 2: Click the RED Fuel Project button and support my efforts.

Step 3: Spread the word, share with your network and help educators facing layoff, and forced retirements.

If you have other ideas on how to support educators leaving the system, please share.

Let’s make that light shine bright!!

Sacrifice and You

Through life we often make sacrifices. For family, friends or to reach targeted goals. We look at it as a part of the journey we must endure. Some sacrifices lead to bigger and better outcomes and are worth the temporary discomfort. However, those sacrifices that go against our core beliefs can have a profound and lasting effect. Learn to distinquish actions that are good for you. Remember the E+R=O theory. Events + Response = Outcomes. Events happen, you can’t control them. What matters most is how will you RESPOND? Will the response be aligned with and grounded in your values? This key factor determines if the outcome will have short term solutions or life long implications. Are you prepared to make the right response?


Sacrifice is something educators become accustom to but NEVER sacrifice your ‘YOU VALUES’. If you do not make intentional actions to stay centered, happiness and satisfaction will always be an elusive commodity. Be happy, be centered and let your YOU VALUES be the focal point, heart of what you do and guide the decision making process. This will allow you to claim the spotlight of center stage in your life.

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