Is this the year you want your financial picture to shine? We’ve got some good news: There are no tax increases looming, and the banking, housing and labor markets are solid. That means this is the perfect time to shore up your personal finances and prepare for the long haul.
Here are some steps you can implement when opportunity, cash flow, existing debt and mental fortitude allow. Barring a sudden global economic or personal meltdown, you...
As humans, we need some form of social interactions (some of us more than others). However, we all do need and thrive on the simple act of connecting to people.
For the majority of us, our social fabric is created through work. We see these people every day. We have work in common. We get to know them in ways the spouse and significant others simply don’t. When we leave these people due to job change, it can be painful.
0124By Chad Brooks
Gaining the trust of a boss is a double-edged sword for many workers, new research finds.
On the plus side, earning the trust of a supervisor is critical to employee empowerment and engagement; however, it also increases employees' sense of being overworked and saddles them with the burden of having to uphold their good reputation, according to a study recently published in the Academy of Management Journal.
"On the one hand, can trigger...
095Mary Sherwood Sevinsky
1. Get on LinkedIn
I can’t say enough about LinkedIn. My colleagues, friends, and clients can vouch for this – no doubt! Many professionals are coming to have a better understanding of the platform and how it can benefit them. But most don’t recognize what a powerful skill and knowledge building tool it can be.
By following influencers, channels, and individuals as well as engaging themselves in groups, a member can keep...
019by Sumaiya Kabir
We all dream of becoming a successful person one day. This specific thought of “becoming a successful individual” has been instilled in our minds ever since we were children. And as we grow up, it seems that our main focus, or target narrows down to this particular concept. We try hard to achieve our goal. We really try hard. But is it really that hard to become a successful person?
Why is it that we see a certain group of people as...
Talk is cheap. You probably already intuitively know the ones who talk the most about how busy they are are actually wasting time complaining.
Are you among the big talkers? Hopefully not, but you may inadvertently find yourself amongst the ranks of another group of equally unproductive folks -- the overly action oriented. These are the entrepreneurs who churn and burn through their days in a way that wastes energy and who seem to...
07by Lewis Howes
I just got back from Summit at Sea, which was awesome.
I got to see a lot of great friends and take a quick break from the book tour (although I didn’t sleep much).
As I got back, I wanted to take a minute to recap what has happened so far with the book launch, since I’ve barely processed it myself.
My man Quddus Philippe takes over as the host of The School of Greatness for this episode as he interviews me on the success of the...
Being the newest member of an office can be pretty challenging. It’s almost like in high school, when you’re the new kid on the block. Everyone’s looking at you but you’re not sure if they’re friends or foe.
So you carefully gauge how you can become part of the group without being considered pushy. You know there’s a thin line between friendliness and an annoying wannabe.
Keep in mind that you’re joining a group that already...
07by Katarina Milovanovic
For some people public speaking is worse than watching “Insidious” all alone in the dark, the first and second part back to back. It’s their worst nightmare, and when they think of speaking in front of a crowd they feel nauseous, but if you think about it for a moment, you will realize just how ridiculous this fear is. However, the fact is that the fear is so deeply ingrained that no amount of rationalizing can help you.
013By Chad Brooks
The old adage of "It's not what you know, but who you know," still rings true, but online resources are becoming increasingly important to the job search as well, new research finds.
Nearly 80 percent of U.S. job seekers are using online resources when searching for work — nearly the same percentage as those turning to professional and personal connections for leads, according to the study, conducted by the Pew Research Center.
As a creative person at a startup or larger company, it feels surreal to do what you love and belong to a team that’s pursuing a worthwhile endeavor.
Chances are, you were hired because you possess the traits of ownership, autonomy, creativity, and grit. Owning your output, shipping on time, and finding your own answers to questions makes your Mondays meaningful.
Alas, like all creatives, you are also prone to the comfort of routines,...
If you’re pondering how you’re going to get where you want to be, there are some simple steps you can take that will help you create your own career development plan. Let’s not be confused by the word “simple.”
Sometimes the simplest of concepts or steps can be tough to do because they require some thinking and some effort. Yet, your think time and effort are an investment in your future and happiness, which make it all...
You’ve moved past restlessness into the “Must Switch Gears” phase of your career. You know that if you wait any longer, you’ll become bitter and jaded. It’s time.
People stand on this precipice thinking that their next move is a leap – the more dramatic, the better. They often find themselves paralyzed because the jump is too scary. But the truth is, when you’re at this point, you need to get focused and gather data. You need to...
013by Dhaval Gajera
Who likes difficult times? I know I don’t. I don’t think you do either. But guess what? I am in love with difficult times. Obviously when they happen, they make you feel totally alone, worthless and even stupid. But after they have gone, and I reflect on the things that I’ve learned rather than the bad times, I feel I have gained a gold mine because these times reveal who I am, and they teach me many important life lessons. It’s how...
It’s no secret that there’s a lot of competition in the professional world. Sometimes, it seems as if everyone is out for themselves, and that you’ve got to be cutthroat in order to get anywhere in a career. The fact is, however, this is the exact opposite of what one should do when trying to take a career to the next level. Succeeding in business is all about networking and building strong relationships, something that can take months and...
Successful entrepreneurs are really not so different from you and me. They demonstrate an indomitable work ethic, a belief in their own vision and a drive to do what is necessary to succeed.
What separates the successful from the also-rans is a willingness to learn as much as possible before plunking down any of their hard-earned money.
So how do you join their ranks? Choose good mentors, who can guide you over the bumps and avoid some of...
118By Nicole Fallon
Are you constantly checking your work email? Working through the weekend and on your days off? Taking phone calls from the office at any and all hours? While you're certainly not alone, you're probably also way more stressed out than you should be.
Numerous studies have shown that overworked employees are at a much higher risk for physical, mental and emotional health issues. A recent New Yorker article cited research that linked various...
By Nicole Fallon Taylor
Everyone wants a healthy work-life balance, but it seems that few are able to achieve it. Some even say that true balance is unattainable, because it doesn't exist in the modern world — smart devices ensure that workers are connected to the office 24/7, eradicating the line that once existed between "home" and "work" time.
"Smartphones are the modern professional's biggest blessing and biggest curse," said Lewis Howes,...
Owning your own business means the to-do list never ends. The first reaction of many entrepreneurs is to hustle longer hours and focus on efficiency in business. This is an important stage, but at some point there is no more of you to give.
If you are not careful and keep going to the well of efficiency and hustle, you will end up with zero margin. A day that is hurried in every second ends up costing you more than it will ever...
018 by Robert Morris
Writing your dissertation is certainly not an easy task. It is hard to know where to start when so much depends on this one paper. These 10 tips will help you structure your thoughts and make a compelling argument. So get some coffee or tea, grab a pen and paper, and let’s get started!
1. Do Your Research
Your dissertation will not be successful without solid research. Find scholarly journal articles and books on your topic. Make sure you...
07by Amy Johnson
What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years? Five years can seem like a long time if you have a plan and you know what you want to achieve, but without a plan, 5 years can pass by very quickly.
Check out these 5 actions that you can follow to help ensure a happy and successful future.
1. Decide what you want to achieve within the next 5 years.
Decide what you want to plan for within the next 5 years. From starting your own business to...
110by Sean Kim
All of us could have more time in our days. Whether it’s to spend more time with ourselves, with our loved ones, or to learn a new skill we’ve been wanting to learn. The truth is, most of us are not maximizing the time we already have to its full potential. With a little bit of structure, analysis, and optimizing, we can spare at least 3-5 hours of additional time in our schedule to learn a new language, instrument, or even cooking!
08by Matt Duczeminski
You’ve probably heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” While I don’t advocate using personal relationships as leverage to get ahead in your career, especially over actually having the talent necessary to succeed. There’s nothing wrong with creating a network of qualified individuals to help you get where you want to be. But it’s not always easy to create these networks. You have to step out of your comfort...
by Paris Law
Assertiveness has become a bit of a buzzword. We constantly hear about the benefits of being more assertive. Assertiveness enables us to take care of ourselves without being overbearing.
There is research being done on the delicate balance between being passive and aggressive. Ultimately the “assertive you” will boil down to knowing your self worth and practicing the behaviors of being more assertive.
There are many strategies for being...
010 by Robert Locke
Going on a forest walk or simply strolling through a park will do you a power of good. Not only physically by improving cardiac health and blood pressure, but it also will supercharge your brain power. There are mental and psychological benefits from being in contact with nature that you probably never even realized. Here are 6 benefits that your brain will get from a walk in the woods.
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods….I love...
Job seekers often struggle with a termination. Take this example: “I’ve been working in the construction industry. Since the housing bust, business has dramatically declined. Recently, I had a disagreement with a co-worker and got fired over this trivial thing I never would have gotten fired for five years ago. What do I say about this?”
This client is not alone. We’ve all had positions that didn’t go as well as we had hoped. It...
Are you getting interviews but not job offers?
As a career coach, every week I speak to job seekers like you…they are amazing, talented people with resumes good enough to secure interviews—but they don’t stand out enough in the interview to get the offer. This is a problem for everyone, from brand-new graduates to seasoned executives.
RELATED: Need some job search advice? Watch these tutorials!
In a sea of qualified, talented people, how can you...
by Ryan Niessen
Do you ever have a little voice in your head telling you to get the heck out of your job?
How many times a day does it bug you… and how long has it been there?
Usually (thanks to this small, yet annoying voice), we know when it’s time for a change.
We’ll do our best for as long as possible to improve our attitude or circumstances, and then eventually, something gives.
The good news is that, in my experience, the sooner you can...
by Don Goodman
Whether you’ve remained employed and happy for many years, but now need to find new employment or you’ve had a change of heart on your career, having to take the resume out and update it is a daunting process. It’s even more dreadful when you look at your resume and realize a lifetime has gone by since you’ve updated it.
Effective job searching has changed in many ways and as a result, so has the way resumes need to be written....
09 by Kathryn Sandford
“The problem is that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the people who are most certain of them.” (The Decider, July 21, 2007) – Bill Maher
In my life I have had seven definite ideas that have held me back from being the best person I can be. When I think about what Bill Maher says about ideas, mine were ridiculous, but I believed them to be “true.” If you feel you are not living your life to your fullest...
014 by Personal Branding Blog
Communication is not only verbal but also includes mimics and gestures. Therefore, you should be careful about how you use your body when expressing yourself if you don’t want to create any conflicts between your body language and the point you are trying to make.
Below you can find the most common body language mistakes to avoid at work in order to give a professional image to others.
Body Language Mistakes
012 by Ivana Taylor
In 1998, I became a “consultant.” What that means in plain language is that I wasn’t working for a corporation anymore and that I had to find work to make money. Since the only requirement for being a consultant was knowing a lot about a particular topic, it seemed the obvious way to go.
But that wasn’t enough.
Saying that you’re a consultant in any niche isn’t enough to make the phone ring. You’re going to need a little...
It’s a great feeling when that light bulb goes on in your head and you have that “aha moment” that says a great idea is in the works. However, when you start thinking it through a bit more, and you progress to the initial product development stages, you may begin to doubt your idea is useable. It doesn’t mean you should give up on your idea or jump to focus on a new idea just yet.
Useful ideas provide what your audience needs...
Good customer service dictates that business owners take the mentality of, “The customer is always right.” In many cases, this type of thinking will help a business grow, since good customer service is crucial for winning repeat business. By always delivering top-notch service, a business owner earns long-term loyalty, as well as business referrals.
Unfortunately, this approach doesn’t work with every client. In some cases,...
Let's say you’re one of those people who can talk on the phone while typing an email, sipping a cappuccino and brainstorming ideas for a new product. You’re used to dividing your attention among several tasks. But is multitasking the best choice when you’re the owner of a budding startup?
Or does it distract you from leading your company in the most effective manner? Three tips for curbing your distraction problem.
024by Ariella Coombs
In today’s rushed world, good listening skills can fall to the wayside. Everyone is concerned with only one thing: number one.
RELATED: Need some networking tips? Watch these tutorials!
However, these bad listening habits that we develop can damage our intelligence, relationships, and reputation. Not to mention, it makes for bad conversation.
So, what are some easy ways to train your brain to be a better listener? Check out these...
Cracking the code of the behavioral interview is the holy grail for those who find themselves having to go through human resources on the way to the next career position. Let’s focus on style, not content. Until we have the right style in front of people, our content matters little.
RELATED: Need some interview tips? Watch these tutorials!
Accept the premise that a job interview or any other business interaction is simply a subset of human...
1. They Turn Mistakes Into Lessons
As much as we try to strive for perfection, mistakes are an inevitable part of life. While it's easy to beat yourself up when a new job just isn't working out or a relationship falls apart, focusing on learning from what went wrong will help you turn a mistake into something productive. When something goes wrong, consider it an opportunity to grow and become an even better version of yourself.
2. They Go...
1. Develop Personal Core Values
Many organizations hold there values in high regard and expect there employees, team members, and leaders to exemplify them. The US Air Force and US Army are two such organizations. Air Force core values are: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Army core values are: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. All members of the service regardless of rank,...
1. Targeted subject line.
Include the job title and a branding statement here.
2. Opening statement.
In the first one or two sentences, concisely spell out the obvious reason why you are writing. (Don’t make a hiring manager guess which position you’re applying for if it is a listed position, or which one you’re interested in if it is an exploratory letter.) Start the letter off strong by giving a solid example or metric that illustrates how your...
1. Be the friendly, approachable person that everyone seeks to find at a networking event.
Approach the event less like the dreaded sixth-grade dance. View the event as an opportunity to make a potential new friend. Too often—especially those of us who cop to the idea that being an introvert is the reason we hate networking—approach networking events with a sense of dread. We think that everyone else finds it easy and that we are the only ones who hate it,...
1. Figure out what you want.
It’s tempting to grab the first opportunity that presents itself. But before you jump into anything, Bristol suggests taking time to evaluate exactly what you want in your next job. What truly excites you or sparks your interest? What steps do you have to take to make that passion into a career?
2. Know your value.
“The sheer volume of the experiences you have can support businesses in many ways—identify them,” says...
The easiest of these to refute is the last one. For Human Resources and hiring managers, grammar mistakes can be one of the first red flags that move a resume into the “C-Pile” within the first few seconds. And a resume immediately placed in the “C-Pile” means it’s been completely rejected. Grammar mistakes are one of the top 2-3 irritants for many of these resume reviewers. Many job seekers ask “What’s the big deal?” Why does it matter if my...
Its not uncommon to hear many ladies these days, complain that guys are no longer acting in the gentlemanly fashion. The general rules of society have been bent so much that manners that were once thought of as outlandish and uncouth, are slowly becoming acceptable. Even among the upper circle.
This however does not mean there aren't those who still uphold the most ideal standards of society and interpersonal relations. A careful look would reveal there are...
The American dream used to be to own a house and drive a dependable car. If you had these two things you were living the dream!
Today, the American dream has changed a little bit. Now, the dream is to own a large executive house, drive two brand-new luxury cars, have a boat for the lake, and take a couple of vacations in the tropics each year. Based on this upmarket trend, one might think that we are much better off financially than we were 50 years ago. While...
Your boss is avoiding you. Your colleagues are getting chosen for special projects before you. Your company hired someone new to take over some of your job duties. You feel like your team is moving forward without you. What's going on?
While any of these scenarios on their own don't necessarily spell trouble, they could be an indication that your job is at stake. Sometimes it's expected — for instance, if you know that you haven't been giving 100 percent...
Sometimes, you ask yourself, what is success really?
Well, I would say the answer to that very much relative but I’ll still give an answer. Success, at its core, is breaking fundamentally breaking down a problem and coming up with a relevant and efficient solution.
So if it really is that simple, how do you go about being successful in any and everything?
Understand how the game is being played.
To be successful at anything, you have to study...
One thing I’ve realized is that, if I want to teach people how to be millionaires or advise them at least, I have to study people who have already reached this level of wealth.
And that’s why I’m sharing a few of the things I’ve observed. I hope they help somehow - no matter the financial stage you’re currently in.
1. Millionaires work hard.
Millionaires know there are no shortcuts to success. There’s only hard work executed relentlessly and...
1. You forget to update your contact information.
When it comes time to update the resume, the first thing most job seekers think about is adding details on the last job they held and any new skills gained, but they forget about basic details like contact information. Make sure your resume includes a phone number and email address you regularly check. If you’ve moved, make sure to include your current address or the new City and State.
2. You don’t...