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The Greatest Gift

December 30th, 2007 Comments off

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It is the holiday season once again and our thoughts are turned to goodwill and presents for the special people in our lives. Too often, though, we neglect ourselves at this time of year. Now, I am not suggesting you go out and by that new Macbook Pro you’ve always wanted and get your wife a bowling ball. Rather, there is a very special gift you can give yourself that costs absolutely nothing. The greatest gift you can give yourself at this time of year is the gift of self-knowledge. Taking time to reflect now, at this usually happy time of year can bring great benefits in the year to come.

Next Friday: December 28, 2007: Visability for You and Your Career


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Archive: A Doing Day – November 5, 2004

December 30th, 2007 Comments off

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Over the past several weeks I have been writing a lot about thinking…thinking about your purpose, your future and your goals. While thinking is certainly important, all of your good ideas might just go to waste if you don’t combine that thinking with a little bit of doing. Your thinking has probably generated a host of to-do items and ideas for larger projects. Now is the time put some of those ideas into motion.

Get something done

While I normally try to include some implementation time into every workday, sometimes I need to schedule a “Doing Day.” This is a day totally dedicated to implementation. Perhaps you need to add or update pages on your web site or create a proposal for a new product. It can be something as simple as getting your new printer installed or something as complicated as launching a new ad campaign. If you are like me, you probably have many items, tasks, to-dos that need to be addressed. Collect all of your notes (You have been keeping notes, haven’t you?) and put together a list of all the things, big and little, that you need to move forward or, even better, complete.

This Friday: December 14, 2007: The Greatest Gift


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Feel free to call a “time-out” whenever you need it

December 17th, 2007 Comments off

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In business today, everything relies on “getting things done.” We rush about from one task to another, striking things off our to-do lists and yet, come the end of the day, we still don’t feel very good about ourselves. We still feel like something is missing. That “something” is time — time to think, time to savor, time to relax. That said, how do you find time when there is so much to do — and why is finding time so necessary?

Next Friday: December 7, 2007: Punctuality


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Two Career Situations to Avoid

December 14th, 2007 Comments off

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At the best of times, our career is a succession of good work and good ideas, for which we are rewarded a good salary. Your work can progress along without too much fear, angst or anger. Still, there will be times when trouble can occur. Often, though, these are situations that we can avoid, if we learn to recognize the warning signs. After 20+ years in the workplace, in both corporate and small businesses and as an independent consultant, I have collected a number of situations that almost always lead to trouble.

Next Friday: December 21, 2007: The Greatest Gift


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Archive: Off the edge – October 29, 2004

December 11th, 2007 Comments off

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Anyone, no matter what their age, can find themselves in the depths of a rut. It can start out slowly. Going to the same restaurants, using the same software, listening to the same music. The next thing you know, there you are, in a rut. As I’m finding, getting older can make it even easier to get into a rut. There are days when I simply don’t want to face the trials and tribulations of daily life. I just want to do something familiar. Of course, a few days later, I wake up feeling bored…and boring…and not really knowing why. Even though I know the importance of finding new challenges, new passions and new input, I have to actively reach out and engage the world in order to find them.

This Friday: December 14, 2007: Two Career Situations to Avoid


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Douglas E. Welch on “The Struggling Entrepreneur”

December 8th, 2007 Comments off

Frank Castaneda had me on his show, The Struggling Entrepreneur, this week. We talk about working as an independent in high-tech, writing and new media.


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In this episode of The Struggling Entrepreneur, we have an interview with Douglas Welch. I had the opportuntity to meet him in person at the Podcamp Arizona unconference in November, 2007. Doug is a high-tech consultant and recent New Media Entrepreneur. Coming from a corporate IT environment and also being a writer, Doug shares with us his road to becoming a successful entrepreneur. As a family man, he does this in concert with his wife and her career, as well. What is interesting are 2 areas that are mentioned in this 40-minute interview:

1. The need for the entrepreneur to be aware of the obstacles with affordable health care; and

2. How being a successful entrepreneur can enrich your personal and family life by “buying yourself time” for a quality life.

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Question for 2008: Am I having fun?

December 8th, 2007 Comments off

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