You’re in the right place.
I’m glad you’re here. And you’re in very good company.
Even the smartest and most talented people outgrow a career path.
And that’s especially true if you’re someone who’s growth-oriented. Someone who thrives on learning, sets goals, invests in your growth, and values wellness & spiritual growth – and has a sense that there’s something special you’re here to contribute.
I respect that you’re not willing to settle.
Not willing to accept the messages that “Work is work,” “It’s just a job,” “Most people don’t enjoy their work,” or “It’s too late.”
Not willing to settle for a life of regret and for work that’s a slow death. (That sounds dramatic; but I know even work that used to be satisfying can get to the point where it feels exactly like this.)
You’re probably good at making things happen, and have accomplished some interesting things in the world. Built a career, perhaps raised a family… If you’re like me, you may still be in the middle of that last one (I had a late start – but perfect timing.)
Now you’re ready for more. You’ve outgrown the last dream, and, maybe for the first time, aren’t clear what’s next. Or you have ideas, but the way forward isn’t clear.
And I very much understand that this change point can be uncertain, confusing, and scary.
Recently a client told me that she felt like she was “fighting for her life.” You may fear that you’re seriously off track – while everyone around you seems to have it together. Friends and family want to help but don’t really understand.
You wonder if you’re being idealistic to want something more. But you know in your gut that the current path doesn’t hold the aliveness you need – or make the difference you want your life to be about. You know you can’t keep going long the way things are. Yet what instead?
That’s exactly why I created Brilliant NEXT.
I’m Rikk Hansen.
Bringing together everything I learned over 28-years as a career and leadership coach (helping many hundreds of people) I founded Brilliant NEXT to support professionals and entrepreneurs, usually in midlife, to discover passionate clarity of purpose and direction – and to find a next career path that,
- lights you up,
- shines with your true gifts,
- makes a difference you care deeply about,
- and supports a life you love.
Here at Brilliant NEXT we serve this mission in two ways:
- We guide and support professionals to find and fulfill their Career Calling – with free resources, world-class programs & coaching, and a vibrant peer community.
Our programs and support save people many months, even years, in their process of finding exciting new direction.
- We train, mentor, and certify Career Calling Coaches – so they can make a great living while helping many others to discover their career calling.
“I definitely have “new fire!” … I feel alive again! I feel like I’m around people that are exciting, that uplift me, that I enjoy being around. I wish that for everybody. That they find work, that they do work, that really makes them come alive.
“…I’m starting to have people come up to me and ask about career stuff. They can just see it. In fact my girlfriend told me the other day that I’m as happy as she’s ever seen me.
“…What started off as a career reinvention ended up really being a life reinvention.”
~ Josh H., Software Systems Mng., Silicon Valley
We’re not for everyone. This site won’t be that helpful if…
- you’re just entering the workplace.
- you’re mostly wanting job search advice.
- my talking about career renewal as a spiritual journey makes you uncomfortable.
- you don’t need your work to be more than a paycheck.
- your goal is to make a lot of money, fast, so then you can do what you love.
If we’re not what you’re looking for I’m happy to point you towards other career experts I respect. (Just drop me a note about what kind of resource you’re looking for.)
What you will find here is a depth of expertise and resources about:
- How to know when it’s time to leave the old thing.
- How to discover a compelling new dream.
- How to find freedom from the doubts and fear that go with a big change.
- How to claim your true talents, and your value, more fully than ever.
- How to bring together what you love with how to get paid well for it.
- How to find a path for work that’s in harmony with other important parts of your life – with a lifestyle and the LIFE you want.
- How to find certainty of purpose and new aliveness….
Community: You’re not Alone
Beyond supporting you with my own experience and expertise, this site is the doorway to a community of other bright people on their own calling quest.
Just connecting with other accomplished people who aren’t sure of their next direction, and who’ve committed themselves to finding it, can be surprisingly affirming. The magic of this sharing and mutual support is at the very heart of Brilliant NEXT.
Ready for reinvention? Get on the Brilliant NEXT list for helpful resources and special value announcements. Just click HERE.
More About Rikk…
One of the nation’s leading experts in guiding career reinvention, Rikk Hansen has become know as the “America’s Calling Coach.” Having spent 28 years in the career and leadership development field, he’s guided thousands of midlife professionals and entrepreneurs to find their career calling, and has trained many talented career coaches.
Currently, as founder at Brilliant NEXT, Rikk has pioneered a trademarked system called “New Fire Discovery” that’s helped numerous mid-career women and men find certainty of purpose and exciting new direction for work and life.
“Rikk is a true professional and an incredibly talented practitioner in the fields of career counseling and adult transition! Looking back on our discussions, I realize what a powerful influence he has been on my own professional development and effectiveness as an educator.” – Garrett Stokes, Sr. Manager, Career Development @ Amazon.com
I still have a hard time believing it’s been this many years, but my mirror reminds me it’s true. I’m grateful for every year. I had some great mentors early in my career, continue to be amazed by the people I get to coach and train, and am still learning.
In the early ‘90s I had the pleasure of co-founding Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal along with Carol Vecchio in the Seattle area. Centerpoint was (and still is under Carol’s talented leadership) an innovative nonprofit that received national media attention and recognition from career development leaders, including Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?
In a later career chapter I spend several years leading career and leadership development programs in a corporate setting. While I’m not a natural fit in that setting, I worked with many wonderful people and created programs that made a difference I cared about. Getting to work with leaders and members of several American Indian tribes was a special honor.
Currently, I’m raising my teenage son here in the mountains near Yosemite in California (I’ve always been most at home in nature.) An introvert who loves people, I spend more time in front of my laptop than I care to admit, have way too many books, and cherish my spiritual connection above everything. The more I learn the more I begin to glimpse just how far I still have to grow.
In those rare moments when I have creative energy left over from parenting, teaching, writing, and building a business, you might find me along the streams here playing with abstract nature photography.
Again, welcome! I look forward to knowing you and sharing your journey as you find and follow your Career Calling.
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