Destination Success: The Journey Matters

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How do you define success? It seems like a pretty straightforward question, right? As a word, success has a clear definition: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. Your personal definition of success may be identified by meeting certain life and career goals. Success could come in the form of a job title or a salary bracket. It could be something you identify by a measure of fiscal comfort, your relationships with others, or some other tangible component of life. No matter the specifics, however, you always come back to that dictionary definition. You set a goal. You met that…

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6 “Better than Coffee” Tricks to Boost Your Hustle and Bustle

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Remember when you sat down and mapped out your goals and objectives with a target deadline that lie in the seemingly distant future? You had great plans. You bolted out of the gate with gusto. Full steam ahead! Things were going to be spectacular. Then life sort of happened. You got delayed here. You were tripped up over there. Things didn’t move so swiftly. Or maybe they did. Maybe you’ve been gunning along just fine but as you get closer to your finish line, the stress started to mount. You forgot to factor in year-end business obligations and holiday social…

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6 Reasons Side Gigs are for More than Superheroes

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Mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent had a side-hustle. When he wasn’t interviewing sources and writing powerful journalism, he was flying around Metropolis as Superman, saving the world one adventure at a time. In comic books, the outside-the-office gig was left to superheroes with alternative identities. In real life, however, those who pursue passion projects in addition to their daytime jobs are more commonplace than supernatural. If you haven’t given much thought to tackling a second venture in your spare time, you may want to read this. A Profitable Hobby This is your opportunity to delve into that thing you’re passionate about…

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Grateful for the Fall? Three Lessons to Learn from Failure

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Gratitude. All around you people are listing the things for which they are grateful. A warm glow emanates from them. After all, there’s something warm and fuzzy about appreciating what you have, what you’ve achieved, and where you’re headed. Right? Except right now you’re having trouble feeling the love. That bright idea you’ve been nursing and pursing all year is a big flop. It’s hard to feel gracious when you’re disappointed that your plans are D.O.A. It’s not helping that the well-meaning around you are quoting Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,”…

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Grammar Check Part TWO: You Need TO Get These Grammar Rules Right, TOO

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How you speak and write can belie how brilliant your ideas are. As noted in our recent article, misusing a word or common phrase can quickly turn your professional presentation into a perceived display of ignorance. In addition to the commonly misused phrases covered in the last article, well-meaning writers run into a litany of common grammatical errors. The bad news is: It can happen to any of us, at any time. A rush deadline. A flurry of ideas. A long work-session without enough coffee. Our fingers begin to wander across the keyboard, words begin to blur in our fury…

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Grammar Check: 8 Common Phrases You’re Probably Getting Wrong

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You’re about to sit down and meet with someone important. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a potential investor, client, or a hiring manager because regardless of what role the person on the other side of the table holds, you want to make a great first impression. You’ve studied your materials. You’ve got a game plan. You’re even ready to impress by breaking out those 25-cent vocabulary words you once learned. You know your stuff and you’re ready to talk the talk that’s going to prove it. Before you open that door and extend your hand in greeting, stop and read…

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Gratitude is Good for You: 6 Reasons Your Career Needs a “Thank You”

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Gratitude is good for you.  Researchers who have studied the matter have found that those who focus on what they are thankful for tend to be more optimistic, happier, and healthier.  Sounds great, right? Wait, there’s more good news. Gratitude isn’t just good for your personal life. It can also enhance your professional life and here’s how: Gratitude is a team player Researchers Adam Grant and Francesca Gino wanted to know how a simple “thank you” impacted work teams. Through a series of four experiments, they found that individuals were willing to take on extra tasks when they felt appreciated….

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How to Create and Refine Your Elevator Pitch

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Opportunity is knocking. Do you hear it? If you’re listening for the knock on the proverbial front door, you may miss it. Opportunity doesn’t always present itself with fanfare. It’s not always direct.  It may not come from the career networking event you’ve signed up for. It may not be found in the list of open positions you’re combing through on Indeed. It may not look like your current job. It may not be within your existing field. You never know where your next opportunity will come from. It may very well arise in the midst of a conversation at…

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We’re Not in This Alone: 5 Reasons You Need a Mentor

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“If I hadn’t had mentors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am a product of great mentoring and great coaching.” ~ Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo You are creative. You are brilliant. You are a force to be reckoned with. You’re breathing life into your own business or you’re contributing to someone else’s; either way, you’re a successful professional with great ideas and immense potential. You’ve got a handle on it, right? You don’t need a guide. You’re self-navigating like a pro. Listen, as a woman who leads the second largest food and beverage business in the world, it’s safe…

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More than Child’s Play: The Benefits of Letting Loose and Having Fun

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You’re staring intently at the space on the table in front of you. The others sitting with you are also focused on the same space to you. You frown. Rub your temple. “Hmm,” you mutter. Then it hits you. “Yes!” You’ve got the solution!  No, you didn’t just solve a work-related conundrum. You’re plunking a set of wooden tiles down on the Scrabble board to turn someone else’s “ox” contribution into “orthodox.” Even better, one of those letters now rests on a triple-word-score tile. Eureka! Sound familiar? If not, you need to keep reading. The word “play” often conjures up…

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