Psychologist and author Theodore Issac Rubin said, “Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after achieving a difficult task that demanded our best.” I tend to agree. How about you? Completing easy tasks does come with a certain sense of satisfaction. Anytime we can check something […]

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The Buddhist and Stephen Covey agree. “To know and not do, is really not to know.” In other words, when learning something new, never underestimate the importance of doing it. For example, if your favorite tennis player told you her secret to hitting a slice backhand, could you do it consistently? Not likely. The same […]

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Fear Of The Unknown Is Choking Out Your Creativity For most of us, uncertainty is frightening. We try to control as much as we can. We want to know what’s ahead, and what the results of our actions will be. This felt need can stifle our desire to explore and discover new things – in […]

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“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” This proverb, attributed to Buddhists, speaks to the very nature of the laws of attraction. When we’re poised to take on something new, we begin noticing things around us that can move us toward our goals. Our brains, bombarded with incalculable stimuli, are selective about what […]

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Is Your Comfort Zone Holding You Back? Are you ready to move up the ladder, but feeling plagued by the “What if’s?” Are you nervous or unsure about a new role you’ve got your eye on, or a lateral move into an area that will broaden you experience and responsibility. Rest assured. You’re not alone. […]

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The Struggle Is Real Fear of failure is pretty widely accepted as a real thing. But its lesser-known counterpart, “fear of success,” can look and feel the same. Both have similar consequences. Fear of success can be characterized by anxiety fueled by the belief that if you’re successful at the thing you’re dreaming of, you’ll lose […]

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Are you feeling stuck in exactly the place you don’t want to be? Are you looking for the right moment – that perfect set of circumstances – that will change your life? Well, here is some simple advice: take advantage of opportunities that present themselves. Did a colleague or friend invite you to attend an […]

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We’re conditioned to believe that if we’re not actively engaged in doing something, we’re not using our time wisely. But being in constant motion doesn’t equal being productive. Sometimes taking time to stop and think is more valuable than pushing yourself to exhaustion. One of the great secrets of successful business people is their commitment […]

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Traditional thinking has always been that men are bigger risk takers than women. But research from England’s University of Exeter and the University of Melbourne, in Australia, is challenging that notion. Dr. Thekla Morgenroth, the study’s author, says we believe men are bigger risk takers because risk is typically measured using masculine behaviors. High stakes […]

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The higher you move up, the bigger your impact on larger numbers of people, significant business processes and, very likely, a higher percentage of the company’s bottom line. Your world becomes more complex, filled with responsibility. Yet, the transition from one rung to the next may leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. If that’s so, […]

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Change and Continual Learning Are Essential To Growth Whether you’re the CEO, a middle manager, administrative assistant, or the security guard, continual learning and growth are key to your success. You need look no further than your cellphone or computer to see how rapidly technology is changing the way things get done. Today, keeping up […]

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “In life, it’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s how you respond.” Many of our greatest heroes understood and lived those words. For instance, Nelson Mandela, who didn’t allow years of being jailed to stand in the way of being forgiving, or becoming President of the nation that […]

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Think about something you’ve learned. For example, how to manage meetings, make effective presentations, write well, play tennis or golf. How to be a good listener, a great salesperson, teacher, parent or surfer. Whatever you know how to do today, you’ve learned it by degrees. I call it learning in layers. The first layer of […]

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Others See More In Us Than We See In Ourselves Abraham Lincoln once said, “I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” Sometimes, when we are blind to our own talent and potential, others see our gifts and believe in […]

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The Secret to Not Quitting What’s your approach to goal setting? Most of us use the process we’ve been taught: set a goal, make a plan with specific action steps, identify needed resources and determine a timeline. Even if we follow the plan perfectly, we don’t always get the result we want in the timing […]

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Is Oprah Happier Than You? How about Jennifer Lawrence or George Clooney? I admit it: I haven’t actually asked any of them how happy they are, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say yes. It’s not for the reasons you might think. Not because they have so much money that they […]

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  In a recent HR Magazine Q&A with Edward Hess, co-author of “Humility is the New Smart, Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age,” he says, how well employees learn continuously and relate to others will become the great differentiator. Increasing automation and cheap access to information have made the traditional model of “smart” […]

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The Difference Between Mentors and Sponsors Mentors and sponsors, although different, are closely aligned. A mentor is someone who advises you on job performance and career goals. A sponsor connects you to actual job opportunities. One person can be both mentor and sponsor. Here are 3 important questions to ask yourself if you’re looking to […]

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