Awesomepreneurs We Love: Therese Schwenkler

Once in a great while, a blog comes into my life that lights my heartwork on fire.

The Unlost, led by this week’s awesomepreneur we love Therese Schwenkler, is just that blog.

If you haven’t yet found The Unlost, here’s a crash course in my favorite hub for “non-sucky advice” (written by the Schwenk herself):

If you’ve ever wondered what the heck you should do with your life,
The Unlost is for you.

If you’ve ever felt fearful or heartbroken or absolutely alone,
The Unlost is for you.

If you’re sick of being so damn fake,
The Unlost is for you.

If questions are tugging at your soul and if dreams are whispering in your ear,
The Unlost is for you.

And, finally, if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the fabulawesome founder of The Unlost, this interview is for you.

Awesomepreneurs We Love: Therese Schwenkler

therese schwenkler, awesomepreneur

1. Who are you?
Give us a quick heartography of yourself in 50 words or less.

I am a Marketer of Truth: My passion involves taking historically “boring” and “uncool” messages of wisdom and truth and repackaging them in a way that’s entertaining, humorous, and relevant to people in today’s modern world.

2. What do you do?
Describe your heartwork.

My “marketing of truth” currently takes the form of writing a website/blog called The Unlost. I also recently launched my first product, which is an e-course for discovering your truest career & life path.

3. How did you get started as an awesomepreneur?

I started writing The Unlost one and a half years ago, and I can’t really explain why– I just felt compelled to do it. Every night and every weekend, I’d come home from my cubicle after work and do this. It was this strange thing I couldn’t not do. I had no clue at the time what it would become or where it would lead me, but one thing was clear from the start: it felt like something I was born to do. I’d never felt more alive.

4. Do you have a day job?
How do you fund your heartwork?

Not anymore. A year after starting The Unlost, I quit my day job in accounting in order to focus on expanding The Unlost. For awhile I funded this heartwork with savings, and now I’m in the process of making it a self-sustaining business.

5. What is your biggest work challenge?
When does your heartwork feel like hard work?

My heartwork starts to feel like hard work when I focus too much on the business side of things. Although I love business, I know something needs to change when it starts to feel like something I “have” to do rather than the only thing I’d rather do. I’m continuously paying attention to this and doing my best to ensure that my focus rests primarily on what matters most: the joy of the work itself, and not overarchingly on the results or the outcome.

6. What is the best thing about being an awesomepreneur?
Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because in the process of doing this work, I feel as if I have become my most authentic self, and there’s no better feeling. My work is a part of me: in a very real way, it’s opened me up to my truest nature.

7. What is your #1 tip for working with heart?
What do you want to share with other awesomepreneurs?

Find that thing you’d do for the sake of it, for the pure joy of it– that thing that’s so much a part of you that you can’t not do it. Find you heartwork and live it. Because if you do this, then you can never fail and you can never lose. Regardless of the “external” results or rewards (or the lack thereof), you have become yourself in the process: you have become who you really are.

Two of my favorite quotes:

“Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Act because you need to act.” – Paulo Coelho

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.” – John Ruskin

Earlier this month, I had the honor of getting to know Therese a little better through her essay from the new book Letters To Me: Conversations With a Younger Self. You can download the bad boy to your eReader for less than $5 bucks. Need a nudge? Read my review of Letters To Me and my follow-up thank you note to my younger self: Dear Me.

And, for those of you advanced awesomepreneurs, I’m making you an offer you can’t refuse–pen your own piece to your self-in-progress, send it to me, and I’ll publish it here! (Don’t forget to give a shout out to Therese (at) for the awesome-spiration!)

We love Therese Schwenkler!

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2 Responses to “Awesomepreneurs We Love: Therese Schwenkler”

  1. Therese
    December 5, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    The Schwenk! Everyone used to call me that in college, but I haven’t heard it in awhile. Made me smile! Thanks so much for having me as an awesome-preneur, Rachael. Love you, love what you’re doing, and love your site!


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