Lift Off is an amazing experience for all of our participants, but the extraordinary growth their businesses see within the first six months is even more so.

We wanted to feature some of the most fascinating Lift Off alumni and their businesses, so over the next several weeks, I’m chatting with and featuring them in an interview series here.


Today’s interview comes from Rachel Rodgers, of Rachel Rodgers Law Office, a business lawyer for Gen Y entrepreneurs who answers the legal questions you need to know in an accessible, affordable way.

Fun fact about Rachel – she worked in the Senate Office of Hilary Clinton. She’s insanely qualified to do what she does.

Some highlights from the interview include:

  • How she went from a male-dominated industry to a booming solo venture
  • What she can do for entrepreneurs on a budget
  • How Lift Off helped her build up a business model – and turn it into cash

Listen to the interview here.

The Skyrocket Series features Lift Off Alumni, where they were, and where they have come. (So far!) Packed with juicy information on everything from productivity to business law to what it’s really like to start a business, you’re going to love this series.


Today, Kirsten Simmons of Rethink Productivity discusses productivity for people who think GTD stands for some kind of disorder, how psychology research influences productivity, and much more in this interview with Dusti Arab.

Listen to the interview here.

This week Megan interviewed Nailah Blades of Lift Off 4. It was tons of fun — they attended the same Lift Off group, after all!

Have a listen to this 18-minute audio — stream it, download it to your iPod, share it with friends and colleagues, and enjoy!

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The following is part of a series wherein Megan Elizabeth Morris relates her experience of the Lift Off Retreat in autumn of 2011. Got questions you want to ask? Comment or email her here. Want to start at the beginning? Click here.

One of my privileges while working for Productive Flourishing has been to coordinate Lift Off alumni interviews, so it was brilliantly easy for me to learn more about Lift Off from an attendee’s perspective when I started to seek out information. What I found was very strange, though: Nobody was saying anything bad. Or even *neutral*.

That’s weird, I thought.

I talked to Rachael Acklin and Heidi Dobbs, of course. And in between, I reached out to others not in the interview queue. I thought I’d get more varied perspectives that way, but all they did was gush. It really mattered, they said. It blew them away. They were delighted and surprised. They returned with raised energy, a sense that they weren’t alone, and tools to build. At some point, I gave up looking for negative viewpoints; Megan M, I said to myself, this is as close as you’re going to get to a sure thing. Most of the time, I don’t even believe in “a sure thing”.

Lift Off RetreatBut I signed up anyway.

About that time, I realized that I had no idea how to prepare for this experience. I ironed out the flight arrangements and made plans to stay with friends before and after the retreat so I could fly in earlier and fly out later — to get cheaper fare. I filled out a questionnaire that made me think hard about what was going on with Ideaschema and what I wanted to accomplish. It boggled my mind to try and answer the questions on it, but Charlie and Angela both reassured me that the feeling was totally normal. (A few weeks later, I realized my answers were all wrong. They told me that was normal, too!)

I waffled and whiffled and couldn’t shake my nervous. I wasn’t looking for a silver bullet — I don’t believe in silver bullets — but I felt like I badly needed a tipping point. I wanted Lift Off to be my tipping point, and I had no idea if I was hoping in the right direction.

I don’t remember the days leading up to my trip. I packed. I tried to let go of my worries.

My biggest fears: I was afraid they’d make me relax. I was afraid my plan wasn’t strong enough for anyone to help me with. I was afraid no one would know a damn thing about authors or publishing, and I’d be dead in the water, unable to USE the fantastic resource I’d paid for.

Could any of these things happen? Could all of them happen?

Up until I set foot on Lift Off Ground Zero — and honestly, probably not for another day and a half after I arrived — I had no idea what the impact of my decision might be.

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This week Megan interviewed Cheryl Dolan of Lift Off 4 — the Lift Off group they attended together! The following is less than 20 minutes of video all about their experience, and it’s tons of fun. Take a look:


MEM Lifts Off: Prologue

September 23, 2011

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The following is part of a series wherein Megan Elizabeth Morris relates her experience of the Lift Off Retreat in autumn of 2011. Got questions you want to ask? Comment or email her here. This is the beginning.

Before I set foot on Lift Off Retreat territory — the territory was beautiful, by the way — I didn’t know much about it.

I coached with Charlie for nearly 2 years before Lift Off really made my radar, but when it did, it boomed. My business footing had been uncertain for long enough to make me nervous. When was all of this hard work going to pan out? Was I supposed to just keep doing what I was doing until it did?

And what if it didn’t?

Let me tell you about Ideaschema for a moment.

Ideaschema’s my primary project, even considering the other wonderful projects I have my hands in. Ideaschema was created to be whatever I needed it to be: An umbrella company to help me accomplish my Great Work, to help as many people as possible, and to express myself creatively to the universe. We were doing creative work for great clients — some community-oriented marketing, lots of illustrated materials and promotions. But Ideaschema was still supposed to be a reflection of everything going on inside my head, and that was… a lot.

You might have already concluded that Ideaschema’s messaging was suffering a bout of extreme vagueness. I’d long made peace with no one knowing what I did for a living, and we were sputtering along okay. But the vagueness wasn’t clearing up on its own the way I’d hoped. I was about to make a break for what appeared to be a clearing up ahead: Book promotions for authors and publishers.

And I only knew a few of those.
What? Me? Excited?
This was an initiative based mostly on hypothetical string & sealing wax. We’d done a few projects (for free) to test the waters. Our community seemed to love them. The whole thing sounded okay when I told myself about it.

That’s all the feedback I had, however.

I had no idea if it would really work, and I had gone too long without respite. I needed stable footing fast if I was going to maintain my sanity and stay the solopreneurial path. I needed this thing to work. I needed support, and some (small) degree of certainty.

I was thinking about hoofing it alone (as usual). But I’d done that for a decade, and I had to admit I was tired of just sticking it out. I was afraid, and I still felt alone. I needed something big, something new, and something that was highly likely to work.

What the hell was that going to be?


Heidi thought she’d never be able to attend Lift Off. But then… she made it happen anyway. Want to know how she did it?

Megan Morris has nabbed herself another alum interviewee, and this week she chatted with Heidi Dobbs about Lift Off 2 — and the obstacles she had to overcome in order to attend.

They recorded 41 minutes of juicy discussion on how to overcome entrepreneurship’s practical and emotional challenges, and what it means to pursue meaningful changes in your business. When you know it’s right, but you think you just “can’t”… what do you do?

Below is an mp3 of the interview, just for you. Stream it, download it to your iPod, share it with friends and colleagues, whatever your fancy:

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Heidi says, “There is no such thing as can’t.” And she wasn’t kidding about emailing her, either.

PS from Megan: We had a bit of a microphone snafu, so the sound is a bit odd on this one. Everything is clear and audible, though, so we hope you’ll enjoy it regardless!


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Rachael Acklin tells all: a Lift Off alum interview

June 3, 2011
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Megan Morris, the Brand Evangelist for Productive Flourishing, grabbed some time with Lift Off 1 alum Rachael Acklin this week. Megan asked Rachael about her Lift Off experience, as well as what she’s been up to since then. (Here’s a hint: the delightful Ms. Acklin has been creating & branding up a storm!) You can [...]

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