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Anxiety almost ended my business

Everyone I know suffers from anxiety, depression, or both (including myself, at times.) Not usually in the my-best-friend-just-died sort of way, but because of something else: dirty emotional pain. What do I mean? Clean pain is a natural response to a stressful situation, like a physical injury or the death of a loved one. Once […]

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Need more time? Here’s where to find it.

Oh, the stories I hear from people wanting more time… “There’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want to get done.” “I don’t have time to sleep, let alone to be creative!” “I feel like my days, weeks, years just fly by, and I’m missing out on so much.” I hear […]

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Ditch your to-do list (and create this instead)

What’s on your to-do list today? It’s a lot, right? You don?t want to do everything on that list. Some of those things have been there for weeks. Why keep stressing yourself out with that lame, overwhelming list when you could be creating a shorter, more powerful, and energizing list instead? That’s what I’ll show you […]

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The one feeling we can’t stand (It’s not what you think)

Do you want to feel happy? It?s a pretty generic concept with universal appeal, so I’m guessing Yes. So, how often do you feel happy? What portion of each day or week would you say you’re joyful? Maybe less often or less intensely than you’d like? Last fall I wrote a 3-part blog series called […]

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A career change story: from teacher to tech

What do sign language, Python, and socializing with geeks have in common? They’re all things Abby Jones taught herself! A few days ago, I heard Abby share the story of her career change from classroom teacher to software architect. It’s a fascinating story full of lessons. What can you learn from Abby’s story and apply […]

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5 reasons you’re still in that ho-hum job

In the best-selling book I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, Barbara Sher says that if you don’t know what you want, resistance is blocking your desire. And that resistance is worth listening to, because it’s only way you can break free from it. If you don’t know what you want, […]

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You landed the new job! So why are you sad?

Have you ever quit a job, then later—maybe while saying goodbyes on your last day, or a few weeks into your new gig—wondered, What am I sad about? I didn’t even want that job… When I left my software career to go all in with life coaching—a decision I was super excited about—I also felt surprisingly […]

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One-minute meditation: They’ll see it on your face

Enjoy this moment of office zen. The setup For 1 or 2 minutes, you’re going to relax every muscle above your shoulders. Set an audible timer, get comfy, then read on. The meditation Relax the top of your head, your forehead, your eyebrows. Relax your eyes: the outer corners of your eyes—the creases there. Your […]

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The difference between arrogance and confidence

My first management job Even before I finished college, I knew I wanted to be a manager. I took on all kinds of leadership roles—president of my dorm’s residents’ association, a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, lead of the Employee Engagement Survey Action Team—but management remained a dream. Then, about eight years into […]

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5 reasons to quit your job

Yes, you’ve thought about quitting your job. Maybe it’s just an occasional fantasy. It springs up when you’re stuck working a Saturday. Or maybe it’s become an obsession, complete with pros and cons lists. Either way, before you hand over that resignation letter, answer this: Why do you want to quit? Read more to find […]

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