You Are More Than Your Job

You Are More Than Your Job

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
Your job is just that — a job. Maybe you’re a “senior analyst” at work, but in life you’re much more than that. Your worth as a person is not tied to your position on the org chart. So when someone criticizes a report you wrote or a presentation you gave, remind yourself that they’re criticizing the report or the presentation, not you. Being passionate about your job is great — but there are limits. If you become so wrapped up in your professional identity that setbacks at work affect your self-worth, that’s a problem. Keep a healthy perspective by distinguishing who you are from what you do. By shifting your perspective this way, you build resilience and protect your self-esteem from challenges and even failures (which are inevitable, after…
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In Hectic Times, Use Habits To Stay Grounded

In Hectic Times, Use Habits To Stay Grounded

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
When your life is disrupted by a big life event — a job change, a baby, a relative’s illness — how do you maintain your focus and well-being? Add some stability to an unstable time by making sure you have habits that align with your long-term goals. Harvard Business Review recommends thinking about the five to 10 things you need to do every week to keep your life on track, and write a list of them. Many critical habits fall into one of four areas: personal reflection, professional reflection, relationships, and health (both physical and mental). You should also think about how you’ll create accountability for yourself. Will you post the list where you’ll see it often? Use an app to set reminders? Check in with a friend each week?…
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Leaders Need To Learn How To Take Criticism

Leaders Need To Learn How To Take Criticism

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
If you’re in a leadership position, you need to know how to take criticism well. Being resilient will help you stay focused on what the company needs, rather than on the naysayers. One strategy is to prepare how to handle criticism. Brainstorm several ways to respond to criticism and write them down for reference. It can be hard to know what to say in the moment, so general responses will ensure you have something ready. They could include: “Thank you for sharing your point of view. I’d like to consider it more and get back to you” or “Let me repeat what you said, to make sure I understood you.” Another good strategy is to remind yourself that the criticism may be aimed at your role rather than at you…
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Making Creativity Predictable

Making Creativity Predictable

Attitude and Mindset, Featured, Innovation
We may never know exactly where creativity comes from, but you can create the conditions that invite it. Consider the problem you're trying to solve — and then walk away from it. Letting the problem marinate gives your brain a chance to draw connections and sort through possible paths forward. Keep a journal of ideas that inspire you, whether they’re from books, conference sessions, or random conversations. The goal is to have something to refer to when you need a mental jolt. You can also get inspiration by doing things that don’t interest you. Does a magazine have an article on a topic that bores you? Read it anyway. You never know where your next big idea will come from. This works because it activates parts of the brain that…
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Be Honest About Your Work

Be Honest About Your Work

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Featured
It's been said over and over. People do business with people they know, like and trust. How are people supposed to trust you if you are not honest about what you do? Over the past several weeks I have met a number of people introducing themselves as coaches, consultants, and specialists who will teach me how to multiple my earnings. Each of them fell into one of three categories: network marketers, forex investors, and cryptocurrency investors. None of these people had any skills that would qualify as a coach or consultant. Additionally, not only did they not want to say what they did, they did not want to name the company they worked for. Even if you are self-employed, you work for a company. It may be Your name, Inc.…
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‘Do What You Love’ Has Been Widely Misinterpreted

‘Do What You Love’ Has Been Widely Misinterpreted

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
It has become a mantra among life coaches and their proteges. "Do what you love." In response, an inordinate number of people are refusing to take jobs that don't meet every requirement they out forth. The result is not what they thought it would be. The decision makes them unfulfilled and unemployed. In the show 'Mad Men' Marie Calvet tells her daughter Megan, who is despondent about not being hired as an actress, "Not every little girl gets to do what they want. The world cannot support that many ballerinas." The truth is that both of these are true. How can that be? It's about looking at the big picture. Doing what you love means setting goals. Preferably you should set big, audacious goals. Everything you do should be geared…
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Lessons From A Stray Cat

Lessons From A Stray Cat

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
In the area around my home is a stray cat and her two kittens. For a week we worked with animal control to catch them, get them medical attention, and find them homes. The cats did everything they could to escape us. I started to think about what the cat was trying to run from: a good home, warmth, food, etc. Of course the cat didn't know that. All the cat knew was it was trying to avoid the unknown. Then I started to think about how many people do the same thing. What kind of amazing opportunities have you missed out on because you were avoiding the unknown. Just because something is unknown doesn't make it bad. Sometimes you need to take the leap into the unknown to get…
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The Goal Of Business Is To Go Out Of Business

The Goal Of Business Is To Go Out Of Business

Attitude and Mindset, Featured
If the headline of this article seems strange to you, you're not alone. Most business people spend their time trying to make sure they don't go out of business. The difference is the reason for going out of business. You don't want to go out of business because of lack of capital or lack of customers. So how do you want to go out of business? A product or service is designed to solve a problem. Whether that problem is how to get from one place to another (car), how to get the word out about a business (advertising and marketing) or how to keep kids from being bored (video games) you need to solve that problem. Why do you want to try to go out of business? You want…
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Succeed At Networking Events by Being Generous

Succeed At Networking Events by Being Generous

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Featured
You're not the only one who walks into a networking mixer full of dread. Before you make a run for the door, try a different approach. Tell yourself that it isn't about you. Instead of trying to meet potential clients, or making another connection that will advance your career, focus exclusively on what you can do for the other attendees. Refrain from telling anyone about your own area of expertise and think about how you can help others in the room. Introduce yourself and immediately ask about them — who they are, why they're there, and what they're looking to achieve that evening. Then think about what connections you can make, what favors you might offer, what introductions you might broker. Not only will the event be more fun but…
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The Entrepreneur And The Side Hustle

The Entrepreneur And The Side Hustle

Attitude and Mindset, Communication, Featured, Focus, Planning
The gig economy provides new ways for entrepreneurs to enhance their earning and in some cases provide funding for their ventures. A side hustle can be an amazing tool for entrepreneurs. More than money, they can offer new ways to meet people and a way to exercise different skills and abilities. There is, however, a downside. Depending on what your side hustle is, it may impede your ability to establish yourself in your entrepreneurial field. If your side hustle came first, you have (if you've been successful) created a brand for yourself in hat side hustle. You'll need to expand that brand or target a different audience. If you've been selling essential oils, that audience may not accept you as a web designer. Target different markets for each job. If…
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