Filed under Professional Development

When Bad Things Happen


What happens to you in life is less important than the story you tell yourself about it before or afterward. Sit quietly with that for a moment, then read on. Any moment, even day, in your life is merely a moment in time.  No matter how epically good or bad it was, it will pass; … Continue reading

Make Yourself Rejection-Proof


Fear of rejection permeates our psyche in all aspects of our life. It’s scary to meet new people, ask someone out on a date, or ask for a raise. So scary, in fact, that many of us don’t ever pursue what we really want; fear of rejection can actually lock you into a life you don’t want and don’t enjoy. Continue reading

Focus on the Process, Not the Outcome


Take a lyre player: he’s relaxed when he performs alone, but put him in front of an audience, and it’s a different story, no matter how beautiful his voice or how well he plays the instrument. Why? Because he not only wants to perform well, he wants to be well received – and the latter … Continue reading

Keep a Career Journal


I recommend that professionals keep a career journal as a way to remember your accomplishments and outcomes over the year. You can also use it to record goals and measure your progress on them. Why write these things down, you might ask? Surely I can remember the big things I accomplished. You’d be surprised at … Continue reading

Paysa Interview


Recently, Paysa asked me to share insight on career planning, including when to switch careers and asking for a raise. You can see the original post here. Can you tell us about your professional background and your interest in helping people advance in their careers? My interest in career development comes from my background as a military … Continue reading