Career

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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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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Fake It 'Til You Make It?

Fake it 'til you make it video frame

You often hear the advice; “Fake it ’til you make it.” But, what does that really mean? I have some thoughts on how to apply that more meaningfully to your career, business, and entrepreneurship.

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When you lead, you set the pace

Jets in formation

Leadership One lesson that I learned in the military is that when you lead, you set the pace. But, it took some bad advice and a few hard knocks before I discovered this. When I first joined the military (many, many years ago), one recurring piece of advice was; “Never volunteer or be up front, but…

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Public Speaking Fear – 3 Surprising Tips to Overcome Yours

Old-time Disastrous Public Speaking on Stage

What techniques do you use to overcome your fear of public speaking and boost your self-confidence before an important meeting, presentation, talk, etc.? For most of my life, I used to fear and hate public speaking. Getting up in front of people to talk? No thanks! But, I actually enjoy it now. No, seriously I…

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The comfort zone is ok, until the day it isn't

It’s easy to get stuck in the predefined “comfort zone” that we’re all trained to be in as employees. That’s fine if you are happy. Really. It is. Happy with your job. Happy with your boss. Happy with your work experience. Happy with what you make. But, you must leave that comfort zone if you…

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