A guest post by Tara Sophia Mohr, creator of Playing Big.

The story that Tara Gentile told here yesterday is true.

I had come across Tara Gentile via Twitter and was so impressed by her personal story. Then I had a dream that I had done a coaching session with her and it had really helped me.

Yup, a dream.

I wrote her and asked her if we could do some sessions. She said something along the lines of, “Great to hear from you! I can’t imagine I have anything to offer you, but let’s just set up a call to say hi.”

I said:  “No, I really want to pay you money. Based on your website, you seem to be very “pro” that whole thing where one person pays another for their work. May I please hire you?”

She persisted. I persisted. After some discussion, we decided to work together.

In her post yesterday, Tara talked about how working with me was a step in her own playing bigger. Believing that she could offer value required defying an inner critic who’d declared she had nothing to offer a woman who wrote for Huffington Post and sported a Stanford MBA.

Her inner critic was very wrong. I’m glad she was willing to question it, because Tara helped me transform my work into a thriving business.

Tara also helped me play bigger.
She pushed me to set higher goals for the number of people I could reach, the money I could earn, the partners I could work with. Her vision for me was free of all the stuff my inner critic and limited thinking was telling me.

Together, we looked at my passions and expertise, and discovered what my blog readers wanted more of from me. It turned out that what my audience most wanted to learn was what I most wanted to teach. My biggest passion was their biggest quest: playing bigger. Specifically, how visionary, creative, entrepreneurial women can play bigger.

From there, I developed my Playing Big program – a natural outpouring of all that I already knew from my own journey to playing bigger, from coaching other women, from my MBA training, and from a lifelong passion for helping women share their voices. Over 100 women from around the world – from Dubai to Detroit – have participated in Playing Big, and now an amazing group is signing up for round two.

It’s fascinating to me that for both Tara and I, the presence of another person helped us play bigger. That resonates with one of the big truths I know: we learn to play bigger in supportive community, in relationship.

Okay. On to the fun part.

Because I am such a fan of Tara,

because I am so passionate about fabulous women like you playing bigger,

and because I know that playing big happens because of relationship as well as tools and skills,

I’m sponsoring a scholarship spot for someone to attend her Art of Earning LIVE event Philadelphia.

I’m thrilled to foot the bill, because I know doing so advances my mission: helping brilliant, creative women stepping into their full potential.

If you’d like to enter to win the sponsored spot, ask yourself:

  • Are you ready to transform your relationship with earning?
  • Do you have the bandwidth to give time mental space to this event this year?

The scholarship covers the $1000 tuition & 3 meals; it does not include travel or accommodation expenses.

If your answer to the two questions above is yes and you can get yourself to and from Philly, please leave a comment below sharing, “What does “playing big” mean for you and your business in 2012? And what do you hope to gain from The Art of Earning live?”

Here’s to your playing big in 2012.


Tara Sophia Mohr


Here’s how it works:

  • Post your answer to Tara’s questions in the comments below by Friday, January 20 at noon Eastern.
  • Tara & I will pick a winner using good business sense & a bit of feminine intuition.
  • The winner will be contacted via email on Monday, January 23. The winner must respond via email within 24 hours.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The winner will be announced publicly here at taragentile.com by Tuesday, January 24.

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