Tag: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?

What has prevented you from reaching your goals? Is part of it fear? Fear of what? Writing it all down in private, in a journal  (paper or digital) helps to process what’s going on internally. From there, you have a better stance from which to address…

How to Stop Imitating Your Heroes and Just Get Started Already

In a Facebook group, a business owner asked how to become “unstuck” in the planning stage. There are projects waiting to be finished, but she’s busy reading more content from other business owners who inspire her. How can she become “unstuck” and not just copy someone…

Thoughts on Influence

As we looked through Aunt C’s personal property the other day, preparing to give away most of it, I noticed items here and there that I had given to her through the years. Aunt C displayed prominently a personalized birthday card that I sent her 6…

How to Handle Social Disapproval [Cornell Study]

According to a Cornell study, social approval (or lack of it) does not affect people who have a sense of purpose. Or, rather, it does not affect them as much as it does those whose self-esteem hangs on being liked. Anthony Burrow, a co-author of the…

How to Think about Regret

Thoughts on regret. It seems that regret should be handled like pain – it’s a warning that something is wrong and should be addressed immediately. Regret seems to be useless beyond that initial stab of discomfort. Otherwise, you’ll end up trying to change what is unchangeable-…

If you need one more reason NOT to procrastinate, here’s one.

There once was a person -let’s call the person Mr. X- who had a fatal disease. Mr. X spoke of all the things he still wanted to do in life. They were not improbable things – he wasn’t asking to vacation on Saturn. They were fairly…

What is Your Primary Gift to the World?

Author of The Introvert Entrepreneur, Beth Buelow, asked on Facebook the other day, What is your primary gift to the world? Of course, you do not need to be an introvert nor a businessperson to answer this question. The primary gift that yours truly brings into…

What is your scent?

A couple of years ago, I attended a weekend women’s conference. I was there to enjoy the company of friends, not really expecting much more than a restful mini vacation. While there, a speaker -whose name I wish I could remember- asked a question that has…

An Introvert with Roommates (6 Tips)

Yours truly has had roommates, dorm mates, apartment mates, house mates, duplex mates… you name it. It was torture. Hello, I am an introvert. I’m not blaming my roommates; they were all fine. It’s me. It’s the way I am built – I need more solitude…

Teach Someone What You Know

Once you’ve succeeded at something, no matter how small, be sure to teach someone else what you know. What may seem like an insignificant accomplishment to you could make a huge difference in someone else’s life. Here’s an example.

Success is a Moving Target

The sweet spot of success lies somewhere between where your interests overlap with someone else’s needs or wants. As you gain experience, as you discover what you really want and what the client or customer wants, the target moves.  It will forever move if you’re paying…

When Your Work Seems Useless

Zig Ziglar says that you can have anything you want if you just help enough other people get what they want. Bring value to the world, in other words. What if your work seems to be completely useless?

5 Lessons Learned from My Former Employers

Whether you are in the job of your dreams or not, always be vigilant to the lessons around you. They can prove to be useful later. Here are 5 lessons I’ve learned while working for other people.

Dirt Sandwiches

Each lifestyle has a dirt sandwich – something unpleasant about it. Each person must determine for which lifestyle are you so hungry that you don’t mind a little grit in your teeth.

1 Tip to Understand Your Multiple Career Interests

Author Barbara Sher is known for coining the term “Scanner” to refer to people who wish to incorporate more than one interest in their careers or who wish to have multiple careers in a lifetime. Through her books, including Refuse to Choose, Ms. Sher has helped…

When to Stop Researching If You Are On a Deadline

One useful thing to learn in research is when to stop. In this era of unprecedented information access, where the acronym TMI (Too Much Information) is used to ask someone to stop sharing, it’s great to know when to push away the plate of info and…