PHOENIX - A lot can happen over a pint of beer. Relationships are made and broken, business deals are brokered, heck even our great nation got its start in a dimly lit New England pub. One man in Arizona had an epiphany and structured his entire life around that pint of beer.
"I was able to get into something I was passionate about as a hobby and I turned that hobby in a career," said Ron Kloth, a stockbroker turned beer brewer.
In the late 1990s, Kloth scratched an itch most people can't reach. He left his strong and steady job in the financial business for the uncertainties of self employment in the beer industry. Now he owns and operates Papago Brewing Company in Phoenix, Arizona. He brews his own beer and hunts down other craft varieties to serve in his pub.
For him, the move paid off.
"This gives you the freedom to do what you want to do as opposed to what others want you to do," Kloth said.
Indeed the dream to be your own boss is one shared by many and we found life coach to walk us through the steps.
"The first thing I would do is advise them to discover if it is really their passion," said author and life coach Kristen Brown.
Before you can start down the long road of a life reset, you have to determine what you really love doing. For Kloth, brewing beer was it. Your dream may be vastly different.
That brings us to Brown's second item on the list, which speaking with someone who is already doing what you want to do.
"It's either going to excite you and make you want to go towards it, or you're going to go you know what, I'm 45 years-old should I really be going to med school?"
By now you've tapped into your passion and spoken with someone about their successes and failures in that area. Now it's time to move forward, although very slowly.
"Take baby steps," warned Brown. "Those small steps will add up to a stunningly wonderful result if we allow it,"
Those steps worked for Ron Kloth. He focused on what really made him happy, consulted with other brewers and took the leap of faith. He was motivated by a perceived quality of life and success, but not by money.
"It's not about getting rich," said Kloth as he leaned against his dimly lit bar. "You have to be in it for the business and what you're doing."
Have you successfully switched careers to live your dream? Do you want to? Tell us about it in the comment section below.