Personal Development

Here’s our comfort zone: I know what I’m doing. I look cool. I don’t have to do anything really icky. Here’s our discomfort zone: I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. I look like an idiot. Ewww, that’s icky. That’s really all it boils down to. And yet, so many well-meaning, self-help people exhort […]

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You are the language you speak. If you talk about can’t and don’t, you won’t. If you talk about go and do, you will. You are the language you believe. If you focus on limitations, you’ll operate within and be constrained by the assumptions you have about yourself and others. If you presume that you […]

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Shannon does a great job at work. Everybody says so. Her performance reviews are always “Exceeds Expectations” and she’s been steadily promoted to a position of major responsibility. So, why isn’t she happy? She’ll tell you she’s burned out. She has no personal life. She has no time. She can’t think. She forgets the birthdays […]

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Just when you thought the three R’s were Reading, wRiting, and ‘Rithmetic, I have three more for you: Resumes, References and Research. Resumes: The key to writing an effective resume is to focus on your objective. When you figure that out, everything else falls into place. What’s your objective? It describes the job you do […]

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“Stop doing that.” “You’re wrong.” “Do what I tell you.” “Because I said so…” If that’s a sampling of what you’re telling your employees and all you’re getting for your effort is turnover, follow your own advice and stop doing that. Times have changed. Back in the day, as they now say, employers ruled and […]

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I’ve long held that the most difficult times of our lives are when are forced in some way to redefine who we are. We go from being a teenaged high school student in June to a nearly adult college kid in September. Then, in a blink of an eye, we go from college kid to […]

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I just got your message marked urgent. You have an interview tomorrow morning. You want to know what to do, and you want to know it now. For starters, relax. You’re so uptight you’re likely to shut down the interview along with the interviewer. Go for a walk, jog, or swim and think about how you want […]

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Tell me – what do you think is more important? Is it knowing deep inside that you’re making the right choice, doing the right thing, wearing the right clothes? Or is it looking outside for confirmation that you’re doing it all right? Now, plenty of people will tell you that the only thing that matters […]

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Rise and shine. I understand you have a job search to conduct, a position to secure and a success story to write; that the company you’re in and the job you’ve had were good enough when you signed on, but that’s changed. What happened? “When I got this job I had a college degree and […]

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I have become convinced that the escape button is both the blessing and the curse of today’s world. On one hand, it provides us with the option to undo the everyday mistakes we make as we navigate through life. I can think back to a time, for instance, when writing all the words I do […]

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