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  1. 133. Nobody Gave Me An Instruction Manual with Stephanie O’Brien Lori Saitz 41:15

Leaving things better than you found them and being honest and open are good traits to have and will likely serve you well.

The former makes the world, or your little part of it, better because you were part of it, while the latter both shows respect and earns you respect.

Stephanie O’Brien was raised with these values. Although her life took an interesting path, they became her true north and steered her through challenges, including a business relationship that ended due to misaligned values.

Growing up, she didn’t fit in well with a lot of classmates, which led her to an early interest in creating fiction stories and writing novels.

Stephanie wrote her first novel when she was 12. Then she destroyed it before anyone other than her mother could see it, even though her mother warned her not to do that. Throughout her childhood, she explored a variety of hobbies – reading voraciously, writing fiction, playing the piano, and more.

After her family took a Robert Kiyosaki real estate course, she discovered property management was not her thing, in part because – how crazy is this?! – tenants were stealing the doors!

Then Stephanie’s mother took a course on Coaching, which led Stephanie to launch a Coaching business for entrepreneurs. It was a natural and welcome transition, getting to work with people who aligned with her values of leaving things better than they found them instead of stealing doors from their landlords.

She was still writing fiction novels, she had her Coaching business, and her entrepreneurial path was picking up, so everything seemed fine.

But Fine is a 4-Letter Word.

Stephanie came to feel like she was stuck in a prison, resentful of her business.

The question she had to answer was who was guarding the door?

The answer turned out to be one many creative, multi-passionate entrepreneurs have to discover eventually.

Her values proved to be her liberation – and yours, too, as you’re about to hear.

Stephanie’s hype song is “Armeria no Torikago”.


Invitation from Lori:

If, like Stephanie, you find yourself in a prison of your own making, the 5 Easy Ways to Start Living The Sabbatical Life guide is the golden key to your freedom.

Once you read it, you’ll

✅ Discover a counter-intuitive approach to making intentional changes in mindset and lifestyle.

✅ Learn how to own your feelings and your struggles so you can address them.

✅ Find out how to face fears, step out of your comfort zone, and rewire your beliefs.

It’s only 7 pages, so it won’t take you long to get through. Especially when you find yourself caught between what you know to be your passion and what you believe you have to do for money. Yes, you can have both. You just have to step outside yourself and look at what’s going on.

When you’re ready to say F*ck Being Fine, this guide is the place to start. It’s time to be open and honest with yourself so you can make things better.

Go to https://zenrabbit.com right now to download it for free.

Now it’s time to meet Stephanie. It looks like she’s just sitting there daydreaming. What’s on her mind? I have a penny, let’s use it to get her thoughts!

Lori Saitz Gratitude & Meditation Expert and Podcast Host

Lori Saitz is the founder and CEO of Zen Rabbit and host of the podcast “Fine is a 4-Letter Word.” An award-winning author, speaker, and broadcaster, Lori is on a mission to teach the world to be calm and grounded no matter what’s going on.

High achievers come to her because they have a strong drive to be productive, but at the end of the day never feel accomplished enough. As a nationally recognized gratitude and meditation expert, Lori guides those entrepreneurs and business and community leaders from stressed and chaotic to peaceful and focused and shows them how to live a sabbatical life. Then they then start seeing sales increase, relationships strengthen, and overall health improve.

In August 2022, Lori took a month-long sabbatical road trip with her 19-year-old cat. Read her account in chapter 8 of Love Warriors: The Conscious Expert’s Guide to Healing, Joy, and Manifestation. You can often find Lori in her sanctuary, aka the weight room at the gym. She also loves cupcakes, Thai food, and classic rock music.