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The First Step to Mapping Your Career or Business Plan

When you think of a traditional business plan, you probably think of pages of text, graphs and confusing stats and numbers. You know, the kind of thing you’d nervously push across the desk to a bank officer in hopes of securing a loan. Similarly, a career plan that list the results of job searches, contacts, […]

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Tap Into Your Past to Discover Your Purpose

When we grow up we tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that our life should go as follows…go to school and get good grades, go to college, get a nice job, get married, have kids, save a little money to retire etc… I call BS! Life doesn’t […]

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Mistakes Are The Learning Blocks of Life

You’ve heard of the phrase, “live and learn” right? Well there’s a reason this phrase is so popular. It’s because it’s true. However, while we believe in the veracity of the statement, we don’t often like the lessons life throws our way. We could live without the mistakes, trials and challenges but it is through […]

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4 Questions to Figure Out Your Purpose

Recently I came upon a Japanese concept called “Ikigai” that presented to me by my mentor Marissa Murgatroyd.  Translated it means “the reason for being” or as we like to say…your purpose. It’s believed that when you discover your ikigai you’ll find your purpose in life. I learned about this concept in the context of […]

Visualization: An Important Step to Realize Your Dreams

I’m a big proponent of vision boards and visualizing what you want in order to achieve it. A clear vision coupled with clarity, faith, confidence and focused action will set you on the path to success. But clarity is key. Want to quit your soul sucking day job in favor of the freedom of self-employment, […]

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The Path to Freedom

Today is Independence Day, a declaration of freedom. I remember moments in my life when I felt free. Like the day I moved on campus and away from home when I started college. The day I moved into my first apartment. Or the day I moved across country to start a new life. Each of […]

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How to Prove You’re the Perfect Fit for the Job

Are you ready to change careers and move into an entirely new industry? Leaping into a new field after years of career success can be intimidating and frustrating. After all, who wants to feel like a novice again? The fear of making this leap causes most people to stay put in the career or industry […]

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Job Identity: Why You’re More Than Your Job

There’s something pretty loaded and powerful in the question, “What do you do?” The response, however, is even more curious because have you noticed the answer always starts with, “I am…” followed by some societal approved profession. How do I know this? It’s how we’ve been conditioned to answer that question. In a matter of […]

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Slowing Down to Speed Up

When you’re building a new business or working hard to progress in your career it’s easy to get sucked into working day and night to reach the heights that you aspire to or dream about. As they say, it’s rare air at the top and reaching it is not for the faint of heart. I’ve […]

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Stop Using But As An Excuse

So, you have a game plan, you have made a decision to create the life you want, you’re willing to grow as you go along, and you’re ready to take action. But your unconscious, limiting beliefs— old tapes and excuses—are holding you back. Your excuses will get the upper hand if you don’t nip them […]