“Oh, the Places You’ll Go….” If You Just Make the Time

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, penned “Oh the Places You’ll Go” in 1990 and it sold more than 10 million copies by its 25th anniversary. That’s not surprising, of course, when you consider the illustrated book is a favorite gift to give graduating students, as well anyone else about to set out…

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Dare to Believe: Live the Life You Love

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Whose dream are you living? When you’ve been plugging away at a career or life path, it can be hard to remember what pushed you in that direction. Take a moment to retrace your steps. Are you following your belief system or someone else’s? How you answer this question may be the reason you are (or are not) having success progressing toward your goal. Often, we live our lives under somebody else’s belief system, and these views can hold us back. These beliefs may be hidden because we often don’t even realize they are there.  (For an example from my…

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Cultivate your Vision & Tend Your Dreams!

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Do you love your life? Does your current trajectory reflect your vision and dreams? Has your life veered off its course at some point? Come to think of it, have you ever really had a handle on what course you should have been on to begin with? There’s a lot of heavy thoughts to unpack in those questions. Maybe you’re not quite ready to sort them out. Maybe you are. Either way, I want to tell you something important: you’re not alone. We’re all on a path of self-discovery and even when we think we have things figured out, we…

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The Rolling Stones were wrong. You Can Get Satisfaction.

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How satisfied are you? Look at where you are in your career. You may not be in the place you envisioned for yourself a decade ago, and that’s okay. Plans change. Goals change. The question isn’t whether you’ve followed the planned trajectory or not; it’s whether you’re happy in this place you’ve come to today. More importantly: Are you on the right path to go where you want to go? Are you satisfied with where you’re headed?  Keep in mind, your overall satisfaction will be directly impacted by how well your circumstances meet both your needs and wants. What’s a…

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5 Tips for Making LinkedIn Work for You

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Gone are the days when an online presence was an option for a business. Today, your digital footprint is akin to your front door. It’s not just where your clients are finding you; it’s also how they decide whether to work with you or buy from you. After all, more than 80% of consumers use online research before they make a purchase. If you think those stats are relevant just for your business and not about you, think again. Marketing yourself has moved online too. Networking with potential clients, business partners and employers requires a healthy online presence. Being active…

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7 Secrets to Being a Masterful Mentor

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Your support network has been an invaluable asset. Granted, it’s changed as you’ve progressed through your career. You’ve leaned from different mentors and champions at various points in your professional growth process based on what direction you were heading in at that time. Throughout it all, you’ve understood that success takes a village.  Now a colleague or friend has approached you for support. Before you take on the role of mentor, consider these points: You’ve got to have faith It’s flattering to be told someone else wants to learn from you. A good mentor/mentee relationship, however, is a two-way street….

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Tame the Chaos: Boost Your Productivity by Getting Organized

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“I work best in organized chaos.” “It may not look like it, but I do have a system.” “I don’t have time to tidy up my desk. This is working. I promise.” “I tried to keep a calendar, but it became more work than it was worth to keep it up to date.” Look familiar? As convincing as we make those phrases sound, the truth is a lack of organization impacts our productivity. In fact, research shows that the average professional can dedicate up to six hours a week to finding things and information. Just imagine what you could accomplish…

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4 Tips to Making “Work at Home” Work

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You’ve done it. You’ve been diligently getting your ducks in a row and you are now embracing your entrepreneurial spirit. You’ve traded in your commute for your very own home base.  Or you’re not launching your own business, instead; you’ve found a position that allows you to work from home (even some of the time). For many of us, this is the stuff dreams are made of, right? Working from home offers a lot of perks ranging from increased flexibility to reduced costs (good bye gas and tolls!). On the other hand, working at home isn’t as simple as settling…

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Know When to Hold ‘Em: Mastering the Art of Delegation

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Have you ever attempted to juggle? There are talented artists who make the task of keeping multiple items moving from hand to hand seem effortless. Yet, no matter how graceful and seamless they appear to bounce items from palm to palm, the truth is there’s a limit to how much the juggler can keep moving before something drops. Here’s another bit of truth: We’re all jugglers, although most of us are a little less obvious about it. You and I may not be floating items through the air between each hand to entertain an audience, but we certainly are keeping…

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Map Your Own Course to Success

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Odds are the way you answered that at 5 years old changed by the time you were 15, and perhaps a few more times before you arrived where you stand today. The question to ask now is “Are you were you want to be?” and if not, “What’s keeping you from getting there?” Naming the roadblocks that are holding us back is not often the challenge. We can point to a lack of resources or opportunities. We can identify missing skill sets or a row of doors closed off to…

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