Posts about Skills For Life

Skills Outside the Classroom

Fail. That’s the grade US colleges just got on the latest report from the Association of American Colleges & Universities. OUCH. The report measures whether or not today’s college graduates are prepared for the job market. Nearly two-thirds of the top employers surveyed said today’s graduates ...

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Taxes for Independent Contractors: Tackling the Necessary Evil

It’s tax time. The best time of the year, right? It’s almost as fun as a trip to the dentist’s office the day after Halloween. This is an article for independent contractors who got paid more than $10,000 last year. If you didn’t quite make that mark, there’s some good tips here for you too, so ...

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Confidence Can Be Developed with the Right Opportunity

I remember high school very well; those moments stepping over the cracks in the floor, being scared to give my speech in Public Speaking class, and making myself almost invisible in the back corner of the room. People knew who I was, yet I had few true friends. I’ve always been a hard-worker; ...

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7 Tips for Sales Success

At a recent conference I was fortunate to give a message to our entire management staff. Here are seven tips for success in sales that I shared with them that can be applied to any sales positions. 1. Visualization Can you see it? Can you feel it? Do you know what your goal will feel like when ...

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Leadership Lessons: Be Nice - Our World Depends on It

We all bring energy to the world around us, either positive or negative. This energy spreads from person to person like a ripple in a pond spreads to all edges of the pond. Whether you realize it or not, each of us has a profound effect on the world, merely through the influence we have on the ...

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3 Tips for Living Life to the Fullest Each Day

Ever since I was a kid, my mother always told me that there was rarely a time I was not smiling. (Even when my 3-year-old brother threw my entire second birthday cake on me.) I do my best to live life to the fullest everyday. That doesn't mean I enjoy everything that happens to me each day, and ...

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Create Energy by Changing Your Morning

How would your ideal day start? Energy is an interesting thing. We can create it but seldom think about how to. We can create energy for ourselves by doing the things that matter to us. However, we often go through our days as creatures of habit and convenience, many times letting others' wants ...

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3 Ways to Give Back to Your Community

From an early age, I was taught that giving back to others is one of the greatest joys in life. My mother has always espoused that your life's work should have significant impact on the lives of others. It amazes me how giving back becomes contagious. One act of giving inspires others to do the ...

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Leadership Lessons: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Setting Goals

There are many ups and downs along the way to hitting a really big goal. Last year, I set a goal to win the Silver Cup, which meant my office would have to be #1 in my category for the year. Looking back, there were lessons I learned and questions I asked myself that helped me achieve my goal. ...

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