Valerie Khoo


This is the personal blog of Valerie Khoo – artist, author and podcaster. Valerie is passionate about exploring the worlds of creativity and business. She is co-host of the popular podcasts ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’. Valerie is a mentor to artists, writers and business owners on how they can turn their passions into thriving professional practices. She is author of ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’. Valerie is also CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, one of the world’s leading centres for writing courses.

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  1. Robinoz

    When I was in my late 20s I worked for a 50 year-old whom I met at the lift most mornings. He’d say, “Good morning Rob, another day of desolation and despair.” I often wondered how he bothered to get out of bed each day if that was his attitude to his job. Years later as an adult educator, I told my students that negative, pessimistic people wear you down, that they should look for the positive, optimistic people and align with them. I hadn’t thought of classifying these types as “Functional” and “Vital” people, but the description given above describes these people perfectly. It’s a far better career and health choice to align oneself with the Vital and it also makes each day at work more enjoyable.

  2. Amanda Kendle

    I couldn’t agree more about changing your job or changing your attitude. Sure, there are exceptional cases, but certainly here there are plenty of choices to be made. What a waste of all those hours if you are miserable!

    1. Valerie Khoo

      I honestly can’t why people do it. Well I can understand the fears when there are big financial or family commitments. But I certainly can’t understand when people are unencumbered and have the choice to go elsewhere! Nuts.