Career Success

This Year, Forget Goal-Setting & Try Something That Works!

This Year, Forget Goal-Setting & Try Something That Works!

Every January, the journals and notebooks come out of the drawer and we list the most important things we want to accomplish that year. But by April, 95% of us have completely forgotten about our goals. Bottom line, goal-setting doesn’t work for an overwhelming majority of the population. But there is an effective alternative! If you’re ready to try something different, use this simple method to create the changes you want in your life!

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Is it Time to Sue Your Employer?

Is it Time to Sue Your Employer?

Bringing formal legal action against your employer should always be considered a last resort to correcting an difficult situation or problem at work. So how do you know when it’s time to call an attorney? Here’s a three step process to help settle, manage, or otherwise negotiate a problem at work and avoid bringing the kiss of death to your career.

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The Fine “Art” of Argument

The Fine “Art” of Argument

In many situations and relationships you can either be right or you can be happy—but not both. Which is more important to you? By learning how to diffuse a potential argument and turn it into a productive discussion, you can preserve – and even strengthen – your relationships with others.

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The New World Corporate Culture

The New World Corporate Culture

The popularity of “culture” has made it a leading topic for positive change. But as the concept of company culture expands to include tangible, value-added employee benefits, are we creating unrealistic expectations—a sense of entitlement—in the minds of existing and future employees?

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Do You Think Like an Entrepreneur?

Do You Think Like an Entrepreneur?

Sadly, one of the first lessons many new entrepreneurs learn is that they’ve traded corporate boredom for financial stress and logistical overwhelm. If you’re contemplating leaving your company for self-employment, make sure personality, personal values, and work ethic are in alignment with an entrepreneurial mindset. Most successful entrepreneurs were already thinking in “maverick-mode” long before they left their employer, with many operating a small side business or providing non-competitive consulting services.

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Relationships

What Did Your Father Do During the War?

What Did Your Father Do During the War?

For a group of young boys, it was a frequent topic of conversation. With each boy determined to outshine the last with tales of his dad’s heroism and bravery, we listened intently to stories of gallantry and valor, all performed under the flag of patriotism.
Until it was my turn. And then I’d feel the anxiety rise in my chest, my throat turning dry as I’d manage to mumble something like, “I’m not sure, or “I don’t remember.”
Because I had no “bragging rights.
The stigma of having a non-serving dad in wartime was something I carried with me for a long time. All the way through grammar and Jr. High.
Until I learned the truth. And what I discovered, changed the way I thought about my father—forever.

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When Someone Really Needs Your Help

When Someone Really Needs Your Help

Sure, we’ve all had to deal with dead batteries and leaky water pipes—the common frustrations and irritations of life. But occasionally, someone close to you will experience a personal tragedy—a time of extreme distress. And when it happens, even though you’re ready, willing, and able to help, you may feel awkward or uncomfortable because you don’t know exactly what to do or say. But don’t let that keep you from helping out when others need you the most. Here are the basics, and if it helps, think of it as CPR for the soul.

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The Fine “Art” of Argument

The Fine “Art” of Argument

In many situations and relationships you can either be right or you can be happy—but not both. Which is more important to you? By learning how to diffuse a potential argument and turn it into a productive discussion, you can preserve – and even strengthen – your relationships with others.

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The Perfect Age

The Perfect Age

I remember driving to work one morning and listening to three radio personalities offer their opinion on the best age in life. After a minute or so of discussing the pros and cons of a younger body versus a wiser mind, they unanimously chose 35 as the perfect age. At the time, I was 28. The idea of being 35 seemed impossibly old. Hell, I could feel thirty looming in near future and that was bad enough. The idea that my thirty-fifth birthday would be something to celebrate seemed insane. That was over thirty years ago.
How accurate were the radio DJ’s at predicting the supposed best year of my life?

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Why Things Will Never Make Us Happy

Why Things Will Never Make Us Happy

The first of the year is the traditional time to set new goals, to identify what’s important in our lives and make plans to accomplish our objectives. For some of us, that means a new job, buying a home, or acquiring the latest model car. Others will focus on pure financial goals, setting a desired net worth, or accumulating a specific amount of cash in the bank, hoping it will give them a sense of freedom.

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How Much Power Does the Past Have Over Your Future?

How Much Power Does the Past Have Over Your Future?

I haven’t been back to my old hometown in years. The last few times I was there, I felt like I was visiting a graveyard—lots of buried memories and too many headstones. So it wasn’t long before I began to feel uncomfortable and knew it was time to leave. A lot of it has to do with the recollection of things left unfinished—incomplete plans, broken dreams, and lost relationships. Looking back, I know most of it . . .

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Why So Many Fail to Achieve Their Dreams

Why So Many Fail to Achieve Their Dreams

“I was at the right place at the right time!”
“I was fortunate to have the right people working for me.”
How many times have you heard a business owner or entrepreneur offer a self-deprecating quip that minimizes his hard-eared and well-deserved success? It’s an overt show of modesty, and it’s about as far from the truth as you can get. So what does it take—exactly? What are the necessary ingredients to insure your business start-up has the best chance of becoming a financial success?

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Health & Fitness

The Key to Aging Without Apology or Regret? Become the Exception!

The Key to Aging Without Apology or Regret? Become the Exception!

Seniors are much too often represented as a stereotype of decline and ineffectiveness, cast to play the widely-accepted but unbefitting role of a wobbly oldster, besieged by senior moments, obsessed with early dinner discounts, and constantly stalked by the looming shadows of an assisted care facility. But a new generation of exceptional elders are changing the general perceptions of aging, and in the process, are creating a mindset and a life-plan that can improve and enrich the last half of our journey.

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The Perfect Age

The Perfect Age

I remember driving to work one morning and listening to three radio personalities offer their opinion on the best age in life. After a minute or so of discussing the pros and cons of a younger body versus a wiser mind, they unanimously chose 35 as the perfect age. At the time, I was 28. The idea of being 35 seemed impossibly old. Hell, I could feel thirty looming in near future and that was bad enough. The idea that my thirty-fifth birthday would be something to celebrate seemed insane. That was over thirty years ago.
How accurate were the radio DJ’s at predicting the supposed best year of my life?

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Will Belonging to a Tribe Result in a Longer, Happier Life?

Will Belonging to a Tribe Result in a Longer, Happier Life?

You say you’re not tribal? Then you may be hurting your chances of living a long and healthy life. In a recent Ted Talk titled, “What Makes a Good Life?” (www.bit.ly/TED-GoodLife) Robert Waldinger recapped findings from the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest study of adult life every done. After tracking participants for 78 years, one of the most important (and surprising) result to date was the importance of . . .

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Men and Their Sons

Men and Their Sons

In my senior year of high school, one of my teachers told me that when I was much older, I would be able to look back and remember three or four days that had been the most important—days that would ultimately shape my life. These were the days that changed me—forever. The one that immediately comes to mind is the morning I received the phone call from . . .

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Re-thinking Your Age in a Youth-Oriented Culture

Re-thinking Your Age in a Youth-Oriented Culture

Sixty may be the new forty, but conventional assumptions and cultural bias about aging can still undermine your career, your professional relationships, and even the way strangers interact with you. The best way to protect your personal power and maintain your professional influence as you get older? Be proactive in maintaining your life skills, health, and mental acuity to insure others perceive your age as an asset instead of a liability. First, let’s face the facts.

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What Do You Do With a Negative Soul?

What Do You Do With a Negative Soul?

Negative people. We all have them in our life. You may even have one in your own family— someone who’s outlook on life is overly pessimistic, complains about everything, or worse, they spend every moment telling you what’s wrong with your life. The result is an energy draining, frustrating experience no one wants to repeat. Big question: Should you try to change them? Depends. How important is this person in your life? If it’s your spouse, they obviously deserve more priority than the cranky neighbor who refuses to return your wave.

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Zen For Skeptics (and Engineers)

Zen For Skeptics (and Engineers)

I went to college to become an engineer . . . to learn math, physics, and principles of electrical design. Black and white stuff. No gray in engineering.
I remember my first introduction to digital computers. I learned to program the Digital PDP-8 and PDP-11 by moving banks of switches into either the on or off position. Ones or zeros. No other choices, no other possibilities. You were either right or wrong. As a college senior, I belonged to a plucky bunch. Very sure of ourselves, we were confident we would change the world with our highly disciplined, university-trained minds. Maybe you saw us on the way to class. We were easy to recognize . . . a few of us still carried slide rules on our belts. The more affluent . . .

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