How to be a badass

The long-awaited guide to breaking into data is finally upon us!


A Badass’s Guide to Breaking into Data tells the story of how a young environmental engineer retooled her skill set to become a data scientist, and later turned her passion for data into a thriving business. Paramount to this storyline, the ebook provides 52 pages of free advice about how to break into the data professions by either getting a data job or starting your own small consultancy. This book is free to download and share, but please implement its suggestions responsibly.

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This book is for people who want to develop or advance their careers in the data space. It’s also for people who’d like to become independent consultants or entrepreneurs within the data niche. Because I’m an American expat who can often be found working from my luxury villa on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, and because I travel to about 10 countries per year, my brand often attracts the “nomadic entrepreneur” type. They too may find this guide useful.

Being a Badass Means Not Giving a Fuck

Life’s hard and then you die. But only pussies take the nihilistic approach. Instead, go out fighting.

Benjamin Franklin describes it perfectly – “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” And you won’t be able to do that by giving a fuck about any little thing that goes wrong.

Being a badass means having your own purpose, dreams, path and desires and sticking to them. If anyone dares to tell you to let go of what you strive for, punch them in the face and move on.

Do you love this badass t-shirt but your girlfriend hates it? So what?! Go ahead and get it! She’ll love it afterwards. Or not. It doesn’t matter.

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Killer Confidence Generates Instant Respect

Being a badass often involves blindingly trusting your own strengths.

You own this world, your life and everything you want. A badass is a solid motherfucker who could take on a pack of lions… one hand tied behind his back.

This kind of stone-cold confidence will get you the respect you deserve. And nobody can say a successful person isn’t respected.

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This badass guide covers:

  • Course recommendations for becoming a self-taught data scientist or engineer
  • Tips on getting real-world programming experience in data
  • Tips on showing off your data-savvy (and increasing your sphere of influence)
  • Who you should be following if you want to be a top data professional
  • How to build an awesome data blog (and make a name for yourself while you’re at it)
  • Must-do tips for building out your data coding portfolio
  1. Tell me how it’s been helpful. Ping me on Instagram or Twitter and directly tell me your thoughts about the book.
  2. Spread the love. Share this book with your buddies, friends or family. Share it across social and tag me in your post… I’ll reshare it!! Better yet, review it on your own blog and ping me from there.

Hi I’m Lillian – I’m the one who wrote this badass guide. I am a data strategist that specializes in training and advising. I’m the owner of two tech businesses, Data-Mania, LLC and Catapult Coaching.

Fun fact about me: From 2010 to now, I’ve held down a full-time career while also traveling to 40 countries across 5 continents.



I know. It’s hard. You’ve tried to change things here and there, but it always slips back to the same old, same, old. This life that is your life just crept up on you and despite having the best of intentions, it is not what you thought it would be. You are doing everything and more for your kids to set them up and give them the best start in life. But the more you do, the worse it seems to get. It’s okay. I’m here. I have your back. Do not be too hard on yourself.

>>> CLICK HERE to receive my FREE worksheet titled 3 Steps To Be A Badass MOM. It will help you see your life as it is, make some serious decisions to get your life in alignment with your values and do what is most important and best for your children.

Trust me. I was right where you are. Then I woke up. Saw it as it was. And change it I did. If you find yourself reading this and thinking I’ve been a fly on your wall, I can help you change it too. I just saw a post on FB yesterday from a mom saying: why did I wait so long? WTF!

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You have to be UNABASHEDLY BADASS in your desire to feel the way you want AND DESERVE TO FEEL and take action to create the life you and your children deserve and would rather be living.

YOU deserve to feel good. But to do so, you will have to re-orientate your priorities, ease up on the icing and focus on baking the cake. Once the cake is baked, you can choose how you add the icing and how much of it you want (provided the cake doesn’t collapse).

Oh, and one last thing…

As for SERENDIPITY? I think it speaks for itself. If you have got to this point in this blog, I think that you will feel that it was serendipitous.

You were meant to find this piece of writing at this moment in your life, so that you can start to put some badass into your parenting practices and bake some amazing badass cakes!

What does this look like? Over the next few weeks, I will be going into just this. Don’t forget to sign up to my mail list to make sure you don’t miss it and the other blogs in this How To Be A Badass Mom Series. This is the first of many!

Partnering you,


PS. I would love to see you in my Facebook Parent Support Group, The Conscious Parent Community, you can join HERE. Hop on over and I’ll see you there.

PPS. If you didn’t download the 8 Page Badass MOM Guide from within the blog post, you can do it here. I’d love for you to have this step by step guide so that you can add some kickass badass into your parenting!

Rank What You Do

Take all the things that you spent your time on (the things you tracked) and assign them a letter.

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I- I’m incompetent or suck at it

C- I’m ok at it but don’t really dig doing it

E- I’m excellent at it but it doesn’t energize me

S- This is my sweet spot I’m awesome at it and it fires me up and makes us money

What percentage of your time is spent in each area?

Here’s a snapshot of how one of my clients spent a week recently:

Take a look at how it breaks down based on percentage of time spent in each area:

What do you notice?

He’s only spending 9% of his time in his sweet spot. That’s not good. He’s spending 62% of his time on the crap that he’s either no good at or doesn’t really enjoy.

Here was my advice in our coaching session:

  1. Outsource the 62% stuff
  2. Get the ‘Sweet Spot’ stuff to 80% or better

Simple…yes. Easy…no.

This will take some planning, training and a willingness to get uncomfortable on his part.

But, it’s doable and necessary if he wants to scale his business, make more money and enjoy his life.

Does the use of your time reflect what you said you wanted? If not, change it.


It doesn’t take a genius to see how this can happen and help someone be successful. The secret sauce is discipline.

Here is my advice on how to implement this stuff:

  1. Put it on the calendar (the sweet spot stuff)
  2. Say ‘no’ more than you say ‘yes’
  3. Bite the bullet and hire/outsource to someone who is really good at those other things and then get out of their way. ***I have 5 people on my team who are all rock stars at the things I suck at or hate. I have a weekly call with them for about 30 minutes to get us on the same page. They do the rest.

Your level discipline will make or break your plan. It’s all on you.

Take back your time. Work in your sweet spot. Be a badass and produce up to your potential.

Join The Fight and take control.

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