Is Your Career Aligned with How You’re Wired?

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Most of us have felt pressured at some point to provide a convincing and enthusiastic answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And, some of us have an easier time answering that question than others! Yielding to the Pressure to Choose a Career Path In a recent TED Talk, “Why Some of Us Don't Have One True Calling,” Emilie Wapnick, a career coach, w...
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You May Have to Battle for Meaning in Your Career

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Your desire for meaning in your career may lead you on a path that includes confusion, sacrifice, loss, and surrender. And, it will suck when you have those experiences. Like me, you may have seen a ton of TV and movie portrayals of negative job experiences and have had your own unpleasant career incidents. You may have also read articles about how most people are not happy in...
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How Will You Make Your Mark?

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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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Choose Your Career Steps Confidently

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"Sometimes you have to write to figure it out." ~Dan Pink, author of To Sell is Human, quoting his former professor in a 2014 graduation address at Northwestern University. CHOOSING FALSE CERTAINTY In the same graduation speech, Dan continued to advocate for discovery and exploration by encouraging graduating seniors to do "less planning and more living," while admitting that...
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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?

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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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A Modus Operandi for the 21st Century Professional

Yesterday evening, I spent almost 3 hours brainstorming with two inspirational young women. We met to create a shared vision, combine our ideas, and pool our efforts to develop a new career and professional development group. The aim of this group is to respond to a need for a new level of professional support and collaboration that will help motivated professionals, like ourse...
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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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