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“All of us invent ourselves. Some of us just have more imagination than others.” –Cher

When was the last time you invented something? It could have been a Lego creation, a way to remember your keys, or a software patch at work. Doesn’t your life deserve continual, ongoing reinvention? Inventions make us feel proud. Inventing is exciting and new. Sometimes our inventions are a flop, but we learn from those […]

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Want to play? SURE!

Do you remember being so young that if someone asked you to play, you wouldn’t hesitate one moment? You’d say: SURE! I just spent 5 days babysitting my two grandboys, ages 5 and 3-1/2. During our amazing time together, they discovered: An ant hill in the back yard. How to blow up an ant hill. […]

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Don’t fall into the comparison trap

My first lesson in professional speaking—The National Speakers Association convention in 1995–was mind-blowing.Everywhere I looked, there were beautiful, well-groomed, better-dressed men and women. And, each one was well-spoken. Given the opportunity, they would instantly deliver a perfect elevator pitch about their expertise and typical audience. I went to my hotel room feeling deflated. Later, I […]

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You failed the first interview!

What happened? A great writer from www.glassdoor.com explores the 8 reasons you might have failed the first interview. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I encourage you to take 2 minutes to read this article. If you have a job interview coming up—even a phone screen—please know that I am here to help you create […]

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Do you live in a place you belong?

“Living in the place you belong, with the people you love, doing the right work, on purpose.” This is how Richard Leider and David Shapiro define “the good life” in their book Repacking Your Bags. This statement motivated my move to Austin 20 years ago. I knew there was a place that would work better […]

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12 Habits that can up-level your career

If establishing new habits is exciting to you, here are some Career-Building Habits to consider: Make 5 calls each week, just to reconnect with people. You will be building friendships, where others have networks. When you need help, you have a willing support system. Find a way to complement your boss, your team, or another department that […]

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How HABITS can build career success

Job Seeking can seem like one, big, chaotic ball of effort – Disjointed phone calls, “almost right” job leads, deadly networking events, and happenstance conversations that go nowhere. Any BIG change begins with SMALL actions, performed on a regular basis. It begins with simple HABITS that, over time, will yield big results. Michael Hyatt recently published a […]

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Want a promotion? Ask for it.

If you’re paying attention at work, you know there is work that needs to be done that no one has time to do. Perhaps it’s a special project that would streamline your most important process. Maybe it’s a new way of orienting new employees, or training new customers. It’s often your boss’s biggest headache. No […]