Archive for January 2017

How to maximize your lifetime earning potential

Case full of money

Your biggest salary jumps typically occur when you accept a new job at another company. Once you’re inside the system the policies for raises and promotions aren’t very flexible. Your manager has a little wiggle room, but not much. That new job offer is your chance to make the biggest impact on your lifetime earning…

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Don’t treat your career marathon like a sprint

Don't teat your marathon like a sprint

Redefining your career, starting a new business, and improving your life are all “marathons.” You can’t try to sprint to the finish line and hope to achieve sustainable success. Don’t treat your “marathon” like a sprint from Larry Cornett on Vimeo. I’ve made this mistake in the past too. We all want success as quickly…

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Humility is overrated – Has it hurt your career?

Blow your own horn

Ah, the delicate balance of confidence and humility.   Leadership Traits You’ll often see traits listed for great leaders that include a lot of “power” behaviors. Being confident, decisive, and taking charge. But, then you’ll see humility listed as well. It varies by culture (and perhaps occupation), but we sure do send mixed messages! Seize the…

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The Business of You – Career Growth and Transformation

Brilliant Forge - The Business of You

The world has changed. Careers have changed. When I talk about defining and creating the “Business of You,” it’s really about taking control and intentionally designing the career you want and the life you deserve. All too often, I think we let the river of life take us where it will. Early in life, we…

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I make myself rich by making my wants few

I make myself rich by making my wants few - Henry David Thoreau

The best way to achieve financial independence and gain your freedom is to attack it from both sides. 1. Improve your income sources. 2. Simplify your life to reduce your expenses. It’s really hard to achieve this if you only focus on the income side. But, that’s what most of us do. Better jobs Raises…

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Become Your Own Source of Stability

Become your own source of stability

This entire election process and transition has been incredibly stressful in the United States. It has been one of the most divisive elections that I’ve experienced in my lifetime. Friends and families have been torn apart. Angry words flow constantly. Mockery and threats of violence have sadly become commonplace. But, what I sense more than…

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Trading your life for money, make every minute matter

Bad Bay Area traffic on the Waze app

I knew that I was trading my life for money. But, after 8 solid years of commuting every day in horrific traffic to a corporate office, I made a terrible mistake. I calculated how many hours I spent commuting in crawling stop-and-go traffic every year. Then, I added up how many hours of my life that…

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