I originally developed the Dreamnautics™ process as a tool to help one particularly confused and desperate
A number of years ago my life seemed picture perfect. I had a promising career, was married to a great guy, had
a beautiful house and enjoyed a wonderful lifestyle.
Unfortunately, in spite of all the terrific stuff in my life, I was miserable. I felt out of place in the
corporate world, my work was only marginally fulfilling, and I felt disconnected, empty and numb.
I started searching for information that would help me figure out what I wanted to do “with the rest of my
life.” Several years, three expensive and time-consuming career development programs, and many dozens of self-help
books, audio and video programs later, I still couldn’t figure out what I really wanted to do with my life. I was
interested in so many things that I simply could not choose a new career direction. I felt stuck and powerless.
The self-help books I’d read contained many interesting and valuable ideas, but none of them seemed to provide
all the pieces of the puzzle for me. I kept hoping to find a single source that would guide me through a complete
process. The more I searched the more frustrated and confused I became.
Finally one day my frustration turned to exasperation. “Jeez! You have a degree in physics, but you can’t even
figure out what you want to be ‘when you grow up?!’” railed the little voice inside my head. “You’re an engineer,
for cryin’ out loud! Start thinking like one! If you can’t find a program that fills your needs, then design
one for yourself!”
I was both surprised and annoyed by the mental “smack down” I’d given myself but I sensed that my little voice
might be right. It was time to start thinking like an engineer and take a systematic approach to redesigning my
With a highlighter in hand, and a pen and notepad by my side, I began revisiting all
the self-help books, workbooks and audio programs I’d accumulated. I also continued searching for
materials that would fill-in the missing pieces. I devoured every career development resource that I could get my
hands on. I took detailed notes and did tons of exercises. I looked for patterns in the materials, tested their
advice and made note of which techniques helped me and which didn’t.
I also did a great deal of introspection. I analyzed my life circumstances and examined what was working, what
wasn’t working, and, more importantly, the “why” in each case. I also revisited my past and mined it for clues and
After a while, the fog began to lift. Confusion, frustration and despair gave way to self-understanding and a
new sense of direction. Not only was I finally able to see a bright and exciting road ahead, but my past began to
make sense to me and yielded some profound and invaluable insights for navigating my new future.
One day, as I was shuffling through all my notes, I had an “ah-ha” moment. It suddenly occurred to me that if I
was having problems trying to choose a new career and direction in life, others might be facing the same problem.
If the information that I put together for myself could help me through such a confusing and frustrating
issue, maybe it could help others as well.
My engineering background and my tenacious nature helped me slog through the process via trial and error. I knew
most people would not be as methodical (maybe a little “anal”) or as tenacious (okay…obsessed) about it as I
was. Maybe I could help make that process a bit quicker, easier and less frustrating for others. From that moment
on I’d found my direction in life and I haven’t looked back since.
Redesigning and re-engineering your life can be a scary, confusing, and challenging
journey. It helps to have a guide—someone who knows the terrain, who’s actually “been there”, and isn’t
making stuff up out of thin air.
Experience is a tough teacher, but a very effective one. I’ve personally tasted the despair of an unfulfilling
existence and have managed to re-engineer my life into an authentic, meaningful and fulfilling one. It is my
fondest wish and my heartfelt mission to help you do the same.
May you find the path in life that is truly your own and create a life that makes your spirit soar and your
Wishing you an amazing journey!