What I’m about to say may seem counterintuitive.  It turns out that early career setbacks can actually move you toward success.  In his New York Times article, Tim Herrera shared evidence found by researchers at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.   They studied two groups.  One group barely secured a National Institutes of Health grant. The other […]

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The great Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Think about that.  If you’ve thought through how to achieve your goals, before you take one action step, you’re well on your way.   Many think the secret to achieving is the doing.  But I agree with Zig.  Without planning, anticipating obstacles and charting a realistic path, the […]

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How we go about achieving our goals can be as unique as each of us.  That’s why its important to avoid quick-fix solutions.  There are many right ways – not just one.  Figuring out your “right way” is what matters.   First, understand what you want to achieve, why and what your unique process looks like.  Dig into your past […]

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Robert Collier, one of America’s original success authors, said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”  While that’s a message I communicate often via Office Talk, it bears repeating.  It’s good to remind ourselves that we can’t do it all at once.  We may not be able to see all the […]

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A study at the University of Basel in Switzerland suggests that if you set attainable goals, you’ll experience more satisfaction.  The findings imply that setting goals that you believe you can achieve will make you feel more in control, which will lead to greater well-being. As you and I know from experience, setting attainable goals is […]

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While Business Insider’s list of seven things people who’ve hit success milestones by age 35 have mastered isn’t groundbreaking, little reminders are always helpful, no matter your age. It’s okay to ask for advice. Let go of that fear of not having the answers.  The world is complicated and no one knows everything.   Dedicate time every […]

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Didn’t get that promotion or great job for which you had applied?  New York Times Smarter Living Editor Tim Herrera says it’s okay to feel bad about it, but don’t get stuck there. Here are some ways he says you can reframe and grow. Stop obsessing about “what if” by writing down three things that recently […]

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When it comes to the genuinely confident, their journey is one of satisfaction and – yes – better pay.   That’s according to Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.” He says genuinely confident people earn more and are promoted more quickly. Part of their success comes from their ability to look within for inspiration. […]

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The great Zig Ziglar once quipped, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” He is right. Motivation is fleeting. It’s something we call on when we’re pressed against the edges of our comfort zone. To Ziglar’s statement, I add that a steady diet of the […]

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To be viewed as more valuable to a current or future employer, be proactive about increasing your skills portfolio. If you’re seeking a salary increase, a promotion or a new job, it’s important to demonstrate that you’re not afraid to challenge your own growth potential. Do so by being on a constant lookout for your […]

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If public speaking freaks you out, here are four rituals that Harvard Business Review Contributor Nancy Duarte says can pump you up, or calm you down. The Empathy Ritual can help you connect to your audience. Get to know your audience by working the room before you speak. Or sit in the audience seats looking […]

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Success is created by the self-responsible – people who know for sure that they are accountable for their lives professionally and personally. Successful people don’t wait for others to secure their future. In fact, because they trust themselves to step up and take care of their needs and interests, they succeed in spite of circumstances. […]

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George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” As hard as change can be, it is necessary IF you want to grow, or at least remain relevant. Even if you want to stay where you are until you retire, changes in your industry […]

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Are you crystal clear about what you’d like to accomplish over the next month, six months or 2 years? If your goals are specific, congratulations! You’re ahead of the game, and you’re likely to achieve them. If your goals are more general, perhaps even vague, you’re less likely to make meaningful progress. When you’re specific, […]

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Can working for someone you consider a bad manager damage your health? A recent Gallup blog post, characterizes having a bad manager as a one-two punch. You feel miserable at work, and as a result you feel miserable at home. This compounds stress and harms overall well-being. When employees are unhappy and unhealthy, absenteeism, performance, […]

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Human nature can lead us down the path of emotional comfort. For example, Gallup says one of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they build their team is picking people who are too much like them. As a result, they surround themselves with a homogenous group. While homogeneity may reduce conflict, Gallup points to research […]

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 Are you starting an entrepreneurial venture? Have you already begun one? Or, do you work in a place where the entrepreneurial spirit thrives? If so, here are the 3 types of people Gallup says you need on your team. The Rainmaker. The aggressive, optimistic, risk-taker who is intensely motivated by sales and revenue. The […]

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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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 If you’re in a high-tech field, you’re likely familiar with the term SCRUM. It refers to an iterative and incremental framework for managing product development. One philosophy that undergirds SCRUM is advancing progress by failing fast and fixing early. What might that look like? Well, if you’re working on a big, complex project, try […]

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