How to Stop Worrying About Mistakes at Work

I’m standing next to a powerful woman at this networking event. She introduces my friend and I to her friend. There is a slightly longer than usual pause and I rush to fill the empty space. “Oh and this is my friend Alfred.” “We already met,” Alfred says. “Oh, I’m sorry. You knew each other already.” “No. Mary just introduced ...

Why Taking Short Breaks More Often Will Make You Smarter

Before I start a project I take a break. It could be a short pause with a deep breath or a quick walk to help me get my mind focused. The worst thing anyone can do at work is start a project without looking at where to put their focus. They jump in and make a ton of mistakes. Lately ...

Why Mastery Won’t Make You Happier Unless You Implement This Habit

There’s a myth I want to dispel right now. People believe that if you chase mastery you will be happy. This makes me mad. They say don’t pursue your passions just focus on being really good at something. They are fools because they want to give you the magic bullet to solve your career unhappiness. Before you yell at me ...

What's Your Next Step?

Many well-intentioned parents, grandparents, and teachers urge kids to get a job with good benefits. I couldn’t agree more. Except. Except that when most people talk about "benefits," they usually mean really, really good health insurance (with full dental!) and some sort of retirement plan that will take care of you when you’re put out to pasture. When I was ...

Why Does Your Work Experience Trump Income Level?

Millennials don’t want new cars, furniture, or artwork. Why do you think this is? Think about your best times at work. Does it ever revolve around kicking back on your chair and looking at your bank statement? Not usually, unless your Scrooge McDuck. It revolves around the positive experience that were created when working on a difficult project and finding ...

Feeling Unfulfilled at Work? Try This…

We all want to feel fulfilled in our work. A lucky few find fulfillment naturally and easily in their careers. For the rest of us, we have to get creative to find that elusive sense of fulfillment. Maybe the reason we haven't found it yet is that we've been looking in the wrong place. Once upon a time, a rabbi ...

The Ultimate 3 Step Process to Help You Bounce Back from Career Failure

A few years ago something very difficult happened in my career. Now that I look back on it… It’s the best thing that ever happened to me. I wouldn’t wish career failure on anyone, but sometimes it can put things into perspective and give someone the kick-start they were afraid to do themselves. I was laid off in 2011 and ...

How to Be a Better Gift Receiver

I was called out by my wife, again, for being a “bad gift receiver”. She is right. I need to be more grateful. I got mildly upset because a Christmas gift we received last year was slightly different from the one that was on the list. Same thing, just a different brand. This gift was for my son, and he ...

3 Greatest Questions You Can Ask Yourself to Unlock Your Happiness

A young man took his artwork to the local market. He set up his booth with his paintings of a blue horse. People liked his work, but he never sold much. Each week he would go back hoping for someone to fall in love with his work. One day one of his fellow artist friends stopped by to share a ...

How to Get Your Spark Back

One of the biggest mistakes people make is they stop attempting new challenges in their career. They coast and then start to hate their job. The key to getting the spark back in your career is to look at how you view your work. I had a client who lost her spark and couldn’t find it. She told me, “I ...