One Word Can Sabotage Your Career

Upset Business Woman
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”~Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives          So, how shall you and I build a new and better career future? I’d like us to start with our vocabulary, the way we think and talk about our career and professional lives. One particular word, us...
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How Will You Make Your Mark?

Yellow, Red, and Blue Bullseye with Marks
A job is how you make money. A career is how you make a mark. A calling is how you acknowledge a higher vision. ~Deepak Chopra My professional life (and probably yours) has taken or will take several unexpected turns and will include work within several organizations. So, I have often wondered if I could call my work life a “career” in the traditional sense. Deepak C...
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The Unexpected Career Opening

Today, as I was working with an insurance agent to add coverage to my policy, the woman with whom I was speaking shared that she had heard that the company where I work is a great company. During the course of our conversation, she also mentioned that she had visited the company's website and had not seen any job openings posted and expressed an interest in learning about po...
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The Power to Create Your Own Calling

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and find a way to offer it to others.” ~Oprah Winfrey You're probably familiar with the concept of having a "calling" or "feeling called" to do some type of work or participate in life in some way that is unique to you. ...
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Are You Going With Your Own Career Flow?

"What are you working toward?" Use the next few minutes to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and ask yourself the following questions: What am I working toward in my career?" What areas of my work do I feel like I'm building something of value? What are the areas where I am having an impact/making a difference in ways that are meaningful for me? If answer...
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Does Your Career Need Some Oxygen?

Looking at the sky
If you get an opportunity to check out this month's issue of MORE magazine, you'll encounter an inspirational article (also available online) entitled  "Give Your Career Some Oxygen." I'm fascinated when I hear novel terms related to career and professional development (check out a previous post on "career hitchhiking"). So, when I saw the term "career oxygen." It really got...
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Know Thy Career Value! What About Meaning?

I have been thinking a lot about "value" and "meaning" lately. Many of us, and most certainly myself, desire a professional life that has a sense of "meaning." I have been seeking and craving meaning for my entire life. As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to know what something really "means" and to connect with and be a part of something that has greater "mea...
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Navigate Your Career Using Four-Letter Words

Goal in a dictionary
While using most four-letter words is not the best move on your career path, there are two terms that will require your professional attention. Two of the scariest four-letter words in career development lingo must be G-O-A-L and P-L-A-N. Unlike those other four-letter words that can invoke a sense of giddiness and empowerment, these two little words seem synonymous with kill...
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Unleash Your Career Potential

I kept hitting a wall. Every time I thought about creating a 3 to 5 year career plan, my mind would simply go blank. I had no idea where to start on such a project. In fact, the whole idea of a 3 to 5 year plan seemed like a total drag to me. How the heck was I, a 22 year old, supposed to know what I'd be doing in 3 to 5 years? In 1999, a plan sounded like a good idea and l...
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The High Stakes of Career Development

"People usually underestimate the influence of their career on their overall wellbeing...If you don't have the opportunity to regularly do something you enjoy--even if it's more of a passion or interest than something you get paid to do -- the odds of your having a high wellbeing in other areas diminish rapidly." ~Excerpted from Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements (2010) by...
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