Life

What stops you from taking action in your life?

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How to overcome the biggest barrier to adopting successful habits How many times have you shared advice with someone only to have them say, “Pssht, is that all? Everyone knows that. It’s common sense.” But, I’m sure you’ve noticed that common sense does not naturally translate into common practice. During my decades-long career, I can’t…

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Keeping the joy in your work will make you complete

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Don’t let a promotion steal your mojo What gives you joy in your work? When do things feel right? Pay special attention to those details. You’ll need to ensure that promotions or changes in your career don’t extinguish that joy. It can happen subtly over the years and you won’t recognize it until it’s too late. A…

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Are you focused on the expired opportunities in your life?

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Maybe it’s time to let go One of the hardest decisions to make in life is whether you should continue to invest in something or cut your losses. We face this in our friendships, marriages, investments, entrepreneurship, and in our careers. When you try to get help with making your decision, you receive a wide range…

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How to carefully plan your monumental career ascent

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Maybe it has something to do with moving up into the Sierra Nevada mountains after spending over 20 years of my Tech career in Silicon Valley. But, I keep thinking about the similarities between successfully navigating a lifetime career and climbing a mountain. As you are just getting started, from a distance, the mountain looks…

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Should Someone Pay for the Unique Experience of You?

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It depends. Are you actually unique? You’re looking at a custom woodworking hand plane that sells for over $5,500.00 CDN. Yes, over $5K. Not the typical $20-$200 for a plane you would buy at The Home Depot. This is a story about finding your niche and hyper-targeting people who are willing to pay almost anything…

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What Is Your Special Sizzle That Creates an Unfair Advantage?

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There is no level playing field in life, despite the popularity of schools, companies, and services jubilantly claiming, “We create a level playing field!” Please. Who are you kidding? You can’t go through life as if you are playing a board game by the rules. Making sure that everyone is playing fair, and that no…

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How to Navigate the Social Anxiety Minefield of Work

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Psychology Today reported on a study that examined social anxiety and one’s awareness of it. The gist is that people who recognize, admit, and accept that they experience social anxiety are better at coping with it than people who blame themselves for having it, or try to pretend that it isn’t happening. The first step…

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You Can Stop Trying to Be the Ultimate Introvert

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Introversion is easily one of the most misunderstood personality traits. People freely describe themselves, and others, as extrovert and introverts based on observable behavior that actually does not indicate where they specifically fall on the introversion-extroversion spectrum. Being shy does not necessarily mean that you are an introvert Contrary to popular belief, many introverts actually…

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