Should I give thanks for this?

I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and a very uncertain political landscape it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  In a recent seminar, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.”  Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Last week I shared about a guy that got an unexpected FedEx package with his “exit papers.”  Whoa! – great sounding terms for unwelcome change. This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year.  In 1937, Napoleon Hill … Read More

Do this and you can fail your way to success

Be aware that not fitting nicely into school and societal molds may brand you as a “failure.”  You may have been the “C” student or maybe you lost 4 jobs in a row.  However, it’s interesting that often those labeled as such go on to accomplish unusual success.  It seems that frequently if a person does not have the normal opportunities available, they end up finding creative methods for extraordinary success. Look at these “failures:” — Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak. — Issac Newton did poorly in grade school. — Beethoven’s music teacher once said … Read More

Today is the day for this……..

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life … Read More

Have you decided to be more successful in 2017?

Often, we have someone call our office about making a change in his or her life.  We send information and then hear nothing.  Two years later, that person calls and says, “Now I’m ready to really create a plan.”  What I always wonder is, What did they do for those two years?  And usually, when we meet, it confirms my suspicion that they simply continued doing what they had been doing. One time a coaching client told me he had taken a temporary position at his local bank – just for 2-3 months until he clarified his job search for a … Read More

Do I need a college degree for the work I love?

Last week I mentioned that Ernst & Young (a major finance and accounting firm) is no longer requiring a college degree as part of their application process.  A few months ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers )PwC) – another big player in financial services announced they would no longer be using The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) scores as a part of their hiring process. Gaenor Bagley, PwC head of people said: “As a progressive employer we recognize that talent and potential presents itself in different ways and at different stages in people’s lives. Removing the UCAS criteria will create a fairer and … Read More

I want that job….

There is a story told about a farmer who grew discontent with his farm.  He complained about the lake on his property that always needed to have the fish thinned out.  The rolling hills made it more difficult for him to run the fence rows.  Sometimes he couldn’t even see his cows because they had so much territory to cover.  At night it was so dark it was hard to walk from the barn back to his house. He decided to sell the place and move somewhere really nice.  He called a realtor and made plans to sell his property.  … Read More

Don’t be the smartest person in the room

Harold Ramis is the actor and director probably best known for his role as Egon in the movie Ghostbusters.  He once laid out his rule for success:  “Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him.  Hang out with him. Try to be helpful.” Brian Tracy said one of the hallmark traits of high achievers is that they spend time with people who are already performing at the level at which they want to perform.  Tony Robbins has created an impressive career based on the simple idea of finding someone whose … Read More

How can I thrive if I really want to help the needy?

Here’s a note I received this week from someone who wants to be a coach. ”Dan –With the poverty of the USA my spirit doesn’t feel right charging the poor that need help for coaching them in the right direction. Out of the love in my heart for others and their burdens I cannot see putting a boundary up (money) for what I know can help them.” Coaching is a helping service – and I sincerely hope whatever you are doing in work is a helping service.  Coaching is not unique in being the only way to help others.  So … Read More

Can I do this and make money?

Yes, I know I talk a lot about turning your passion into profits.  A lot of people still question whether passion should be part of the equation when looking for work.  Shouldn’t we just be responsible and find something with a paycheck?  When we released  Wisdom meets Passion I was inundated with inquiries about how people can turn their passion into their income generator.  And you hear me giving examples of artists, sculptors, magicians, comedians and musicians who have done just that.  I have a neighbor who told me how he became a millionaire at age 33 after reading No More … Read More

I just want more money and less work

I just got a FedEx delivery.  This was a new driver, and as I always do, I talked to him about his work – did he love it, did he have any dreams for something else, etc.  I asked if he was an employee or an independent contractor as I know FedEx has both. Just the normal conversation I have with everyone I meet!! He said his boss has 15 trucks and is an independent contractor.  The young driver said that keeps them from unionizing – a fact that he dislikes.  He’d like to be in a union so they could … Read More