Stop trying to find your passion; do something nice for someone instead.

September 24 2015

There’s a lot of pressure out there to “do meaningful work,” “find your bliss” and “unleash your passion.” We’re lucky to live in a time and place where we have the opportunity to make choices; choices about where we work, who we work for, what we do to make money, who we date, where we buy […]

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Imperfect solution

September 17 2015

Several years ago, I had the honor of working alongside Seth Godin. Besides being a brilliant thinker and marketing trendsetter, he’s an incredible teacher. We organized a workshop for entrepreneurs and business owners. Participants traveled from around the world. Many were experiencing difficulties they were struggling to overcome, and they were looking to Seth for answers. “Are […]

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Beliefs and your destiny

September 10 2015

Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny. –Gandhi It sounds cliche, but it’s true. Pay attention to the places your mind wanders. (Want a “real life” example? Read my story about hard work, dreams […]

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Ignore them

September 03 2015

There’s always a comment. No matter how great your effort is, how flawless your work, someone can do it better. They’re whispering, “Your competitor is further along. Another company has edged you out this quarter. Her work is getting more publicity, more recognition.” You’re spending time reading comments. “His project is scoring more funding. They’re getting all the […]

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The responsibility to connect

August 27 2015

We have tools at our fingertips to connect and unite. Different levels of support, layers of talent, examples to reference. With access comes choice. What if “connecting” was an obligation? Would you make that call? Send that email? Reprioritize your schedule? Your introduction could match a promising worker with an employer in need, build a bridge for a new […]

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The path to purpose may not be straight

August 21 2015

Employees, employers, job seekers alike have recognized there is no direct route to The Role, The Position, The Job, The Title, The Mission. What was once seen as a liner progression has evolved into a winding, twisting path in which many skills are acquired along the way. Because of this, overlaps have found themselves folded […]

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Mistakes

August 13 2015

Screw ups. Everyone makes them. They’re part of the creative process, embedded into music, wired into our brain. So why is it so difficult to let go of them? Redefining “mistake” turns dirt into gold. When you trade in unrealistic expectations and begin to cherish the unexpected, you gain valuable opportunities and news ways of seeing the world around […]

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7 steps to find your purpose

August 04 2015

“How do I find my purpose?” I hear this one a lot. It’s a big question, and in Western society, a lot of weight is placed on the answer. When I came across mine, I wasn’t looking. In fact, I had given up the pro/con lists and analysis charts, and I donated “What Color Is Your Parachute?” to […]

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“It’s showtime.”

July 27 2015

Audible groans fill the train. A man with a bike is asked to move, and after refusing, a much taller man carries the bike to the back of the car. Reluctantly, the biker follows. Three performers fill the empty space and press play on a steady beat. Six pack abs curl around poles as the train lurches slowly towards Brooklyn. […]

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5 ways to be a great manager

July 21 2015

Managing people is hard. I think this is why there are so many bad bosses. Now that I’m leading a team of my own, I’ve realized how much skill goes into becoming a great manager. While leadership traits may come naturally to some, managers can make the effort to create cohesive, hardworking teams and establish workplaces filled with satisfied employees. Leaders […]

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