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3 Money Tips Every Stressed Out Worker Needs to Know

What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? That’s a fun question to help discover something you are passionate about. It can help you to think about long-term career plans and what you want to do with your life. It’s also useful to think about how you could make that a reality. Because you may be closer to financial freedom than you think. Maybe it’s a long-shot to become insanely wealthy and fly around on private jets. But it’s totally within your grasp to achieve financial peace. Because you already have the most important tools to … Read more

The 5 Best Personal Development Books of 2018

You can get tremendous value from a book that has great ideas, offers a new perspective, or allows you to gain new knowledge. In that way, all books provide personal development opportunities. This list is from my reading of new books released in 2018 where I found particularly valuable insights for personal and professional development. Here we go. In no particular order (and with affiliate links). 1) Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear. I’m finishing this one up right now and maybe because it’s so fresh in my mind … Read more

How Curiosity Can Be the Secret Weapon of Your Success

One of the most powerful ways to increase your value is to get better at your job. As you become a super star, you become more valuable to the company you work for now. You also become more valuable to the marketplace in the future. Because you will have a better story to tell. You will have a narrative that is deeper, more complete, and more compelling than everyone else in your position. What’s more, you will be much happier living this narrative than coasting as a mediocre employee. The problem, of course, is that much of your success in … Read more

How to Gain the Confidence to Speak Up More – 5 simple steps

confidence to speak up in meetings

I used to get very frustrated in meetings because I had lots of ideas–good ideas–but nobody was interested to hear them. Maybe it was because I didn’t have enough authority. Or expertise. Perhaps it was because of my limited experience. Or worse. Maybe they knew I was really a fraud. That I didn’t know what I was doing and that it was just dumb luck that got me here in the first place. They are all experienced professionals and I am just barely scraping by. Of course, that’s not really true. But that is how it feels. Because it can … Read more

How to Handle Too Many Projects and Priorities When You’re a Perfectionist

Everybody has too much to do and not enough time to do it. But your situation is different. Because you feel a certain kind of stress when you are overwhelmed like this. And all the productivity wizards in the world won’t be able to help you if you don’t face the underlying issue. You’ve taken on too many projects. You have too many priorities. You don’t have enough time. You don’t have enough energy. And you don’t know what to do besides work more. Work longer. Drive yourself insane chasing all the loose ends. It’s hard to delegate because you … Read more

Want to Have a Great Meeting? Prepare Like This

What if you could wave a magic wand and make all your meetings wonderfully effective? Well, there’s more under your influence than you might think. With a little strategic thinking and some thoughtful maneuvering, you can make a big difference. Even if you are not the team or meeting leader. And better meetings can make your day more productive, more enjoyable, and more satisfying. It will help everyone else too. Let me explain. The problem with meetings There can be many problems in any single meeting, and they can feed off of each other. The purpose of the meeting may … Read more

5 Secrets to Countering Negativity in the Workplace

It can be a challenge to manage your stress level when the workplace seems to be able to bring out many different kinds of negative emotions these days. Anger. Envy. Fear. Guilt. Helplessness. Our day-to-day can contain lots of strife. And that can add tons of stress on you if you don’t have some ways to counter the negativity. Even if you start your day all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, negative people, negative comments, bleak outlooks, and pessimistic attitudes can bring you down. This can be even more difficult to confront when you’re feeling down yourself. Misery loves company, after all. … Read more

Are You Feeling Overqualified and Unsatisfied? Here’s What To Do Next

overqualified and unsatisfied with job

Stretch. Struggle. Boring. Such is the natural progression of your job. You stretch to land the job, struggle to keep up, and finally get so good at it that you become bored. As a result, you might be feeling overqualified and unsatisfied. It may not be a great consolation to see this as the natural progression of things, but this may be an important insight to consider as you plan what to do next. What to do next can be a tricky question. Because the obvious thing to do is to go out and get another job. But that can … Read more