Master (Life) Gardening 101: Those Dreams Aren’t Going to Grow Themselves

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Think about the first time you planted a garden. You started by tilling the soil. You might have added compost to bolster the nutrients in the ground. You placed the plants, gently resting them in their new spaces, and filling the remaining bits of each hole with healthy soil. You might have placed mulch around the tender plants and given your new garden a good, healthy initial watering. If that’s the last you tended to your garden, it likely didn’t thrive. If there’s one thing even the most novice of gardeners knows it’s this: gardening is an ongoing process. As…

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“Who has Time for Vacation?” You do!

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The person standing in line behind you at the coffee shop is prattling on about her upcoming vacation plans. Her trip sounds just like the recent ad you lingered over earlier that morning. Her friend chimes in with the details of her pending getaway. It seems to be that time of year when time-off requests are as common as trips to the water cooler. “Must be nice,” you think. “Who really has time for such things? Certainly not me.” Your calendar is chock-full of commitments. There’s work – both your full-time job and the side-gig you’re trying to get off…

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You are the Master Gardener of Your Life

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As the days have gotten longer and warmer, backyard gardeners have rolled up their sleeves and plunged their hands into soil to prepare for the new growing season. Before plants were placed in the ground, those with the greenest of thumbs began their task by testing the soil to determine what supplements were needed to support the plants they want to grow. They were also thinking about which plantings work well together, not just aesthetically, but chemically as well. Studies have shown that some plants impart certain nutrients to the soil that others thrive on. So, knowing how two plants…

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6 Post-Fail Steps to Rebuild Your Confidence

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You had a brilliant idea. It really was brilliant. You did your homework. You crafted a solid pitch. The boss gave you the green light to go ahead and put your plan into action. You worked at it. You honed it. This was your baby and it was going to be awesome. And then it wasn’t. It fell flat. What was pure genius on paper didn’t translate through execution. It happens. You know it happens. You’re a champion of others who are willing to take risks and try to move the ball further down the field. Speed bumps and flops,…

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8 Benefits Your Mentor is Reaping

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Having a mentor is invaluable. You know that. You’ve built your network to include several mentors who support, guide, and encourage you. You’ve reaped the rewards. Your mentor(s) has expertly walked that delicate balance of inspiring you while simultaneously helping to keep you grounded. You have no doubt that you have gotten where you are today due in part to your mentor. What you might not realize, however, is that the mentor-mentee relationship is one of mutual benefit. Your support network gets as much benefit out of helping guide you as you get from it. Improved Listening Skills Good mentors…

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Words Matter: Change What You Say to Squash Stress

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You’ve got a lot on your plate. It feels like every time you get your arms wrapped around your responsibilities, something new gets added. “I’m overwhelmed” you hear yourself saying. As the words leave your lips, the weight of them settles on your shoulders. It’s true, you think. You are the living, breathing embodiment of stress. “I just can’t fathom how I’m going to handle another thing,” you confess. Another weight presses down on you. Take a deep breath and a good, hard look at your word choice.  The language you use and the tone in which you use it…

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It’s Personal: When Your Story Becomes Your Business

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Independence. Freedom. The persistent nagging of a great idea that refused to be ignored. The desire to make a difference. These are just some of the reasons entrepreneurs have breathed life into their own businesses. The motivation behind pursuing either full-time self-employed pursuits or a side-gig are as varied as the people who pursue them. Some have a desire to be their own bosses and they search for the right outlet that allows them to blaze the trail of entrepreneurship. Others find their own needs aren’t being met and their quest to develop the product or service they wish existed…

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How to Write & Deliver a Killer Presentation

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You may never set foot on a stage as a speaker at a TED event. The words “Keynote Speaker” may never appear next to your name in a conference brochure. You may never be invited to be the commencement speaker at your alma mater. And you may be more relieved than disappointed by these statements! Even if you aren’t in a position to take the stage and deliver the speech of a lifetime, you will be called upon to speak throughout your career. From project kick-off meetings to sales pitches and potential investor meetings, public speaking is an integral part…

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Off-Target on Your Career Goals? Try Some Spring Cleaning

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As the calendar transitions from the waning days of one year into the dawning freshness of a new one, there’s a lot of chatter about setting new goals and making resolutions. Then we settle into our routines. By the second week of February, 80% of us have cast aside those January 1st plans. Perhaps the idea that renewal can only come once a year makes us rush into changes without doing the prep work to make sure they stick. Here’s the good news: There is no shortage of opportunities to make a new run at things. You just have to…

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What Love is: Finding Joy in Any Job

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If we were to total up the hours of your life – every single one of them from birth to death – about 30% of those hours would be spent at work. With that much time dedicated to our careers, it’s no wonder we’re encouraged to find work we love. From the day you start considering college majors or first jobs to the day you retire, you’re told to look for work where your passions lie. Of course, it’s not exactly that easy. Some of you will end up toiling in jobs you like, but don’t love. You work at…

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