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Five pearls of wisdom from noteworthy commencement speeches.

‘Tis the season of graduations where notable entertainers, politicians, business owners, leaders, artists and authors impart words of wisdom and advice to the graduating class.

  • Do you remember your commencement address?
  • Do you recall the wise words passed along to you to help you navigate your way forward into the world?

My mind draws a blank when reflecting back to my own commencement ceremony from college.  I cannot recall any profound words of wisdom that have stuck with me through the decades.

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How to move from a money scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset.

Family debt is at an all time high since the 2008 mortgage crisis.  It appears that the rise in student college debt is contributing to this increase.   While our economy is based on sustainable borrowing to fuel jobs and growth, has US family debt gone too far?

How much debt are you carrying? Do you feel like you never have enough money?

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Digitally Distracted? 4 Tips to Conquer Screen Hopping

Is our technological boom derailing your ability to achieve success by hijacking all your time and your emotional stability?

Ask yourself:

  • Are you unable to perform concentrated work for 25 minutes without changing screens?
  • Do you find yourself constantly checking email or social media updates every minute?
  • Are you impatient when something doesn’t happen within nanoseconds?
  • Does frustration or despair dominate your emotional state when goals or desired outcomes don’t instantaneously manifest?

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3 Powerful Lessons from ‘Hidden Figures’

Based on the historically accurate book  written by Margaret Lee Shelterly, Hidden Figures, directed by Ted Medfli  is a film that stirs your soul with admiration and inspiration for the three trailblazing African-American heroines who worked as mathematicians at NASA during the early years of the space program back in the early 1960s.

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Here’s how to turn a “Have to” into a “Want to”

Be honest.

Do you find yourself thinking, “I have to do this! while deep inside you are dragging, resisting, or avoiding every possible step to actually do the task at hand?  

Do you ever think, “they are making me do this?”  “They”  could be your teacher assigning you homework, your boss giving you an undesirable project, your parents requiring some family obligation, or your church group, friends, or the I.R.S. requiring some action on your part.

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Reach your full potential with GRIT

Are you convinced that successful people are accomplished because they are highly talented in a particular area?

Angela Duckworth in her book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance describes countless research studies demonstrating that individuals who rise to the top exhibit both passion and grit to achieve their goals.  In other words, talent is really derived from the willingness to put in continuous extra effort to practice, practice practice.

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7 Ways to Combat Your Inner Critic

Do you ever find yourself listening to your inner critic gremlin beating down your self-worth and self-esteem?  

The other day as I was putting milk in the pantry instead of the refrigerator,  I caught myself saying “what a goon-head!”

Maybe these sound familiar to you:

  • “I can’t believe I just did that! I am so stupid”
  • “OMG, I am such a idiot!”
  • “I am such a loser”

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Top 10 Career Books

1.  What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard N Bolles

2. What Color is Your Parachute? A Guild to Rethinking Resumes: Write a Winning Resume and Cover Letter and Land Your Dream Interview, by Richard N. Bolles

3.  What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith

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How to use your values to guide your career and other life decisions.

“‘Cheshire Cat,’ asked Alice. ‘Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?’ ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to go,’ said the Cat. ‘I don’t much care where,’ said Alice. ‘Then it doesn’t matter where you go,’ said the Cat.” –Lewis Carrol

Sometimes we feel completely lost and can’t find our way forward.

Or we feel stuck at a job that no longer feeds our soul.

Or maybe we are caught making a hard decision between two very compelling opportunities.

A way through those murky moments and tough decisions is to step back and use your values to guide you forward.

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Conquer your distraction with these simple habits

Are Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, Linkedin, Instagram and Twitter screen-sucking your time away from important tasks and goals?

Now more than ever human nature is being wired for distraction making it increasingly difficult to maintain focus on a task for more than just a few minutes.

In our mushrooming digital world, technology is hijacking our most precious asset – our time.  Most of us are bombarded with various beeps, chirps and push notifications from our technological devices “demanding” our immediate attention.  Pop-ups and sponsored advertisements appear constantly in news feeds and on websites.  Social media companies are driving our addiction to stay online all the time.  

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