Have you ever experienced a huge accomplishment, only to immediately afterward: get sick, get into an argument, worry incessantly about something out of your control, get in an accident, etc.? This may not have been a coincidence. It may have been an Upper Limit Problem.Read More
I’m a planner, which means that I like knowing what’s coming next and anticipating changes in my future. I’m so much of a planner that you’d be surprised how long it took me to come to terms with the fact that things just don’t always go as planned.
For example, if you had told my 23-year-old self that one day I’d go to graduate school or move across the country, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. These things weren’t in my “plans.” My guess is that you’ve experienced a shift in your plans a time or two as well.
We can plan all we want, but when things don’t go as we originally expected, it’s often due to a chance meeting or opportunity. When it comes to career development, we sometimes forget what a large role chance plays.Read More
A lot has been written about the value of a mentor on your career development. I absolutely believe mentorship plays a huge role in our growth, but I also believe that a strong network, a personal board of advisors, is key to our success.Read More
With the start of every new year comes a lot of talk about all the ways we hope to set new goals, reach new heights, and basically do more…better, stronger, and faster. But I’ve got to be honest: I hit a wall this past winter, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.Read More
As a career coach, I frequently get asked the question, “How do I find my passion?” While I fully support the aspiration to find meaningful work, I don’t prescribe to the idea that we must ask this question to get there. When we focus simply on finding our passion, we limit ourselves so that we can no longer think comprehensively about the world of work and career possibilities that may fulfill us. Instead, we often become stuck, searching for our one and only career soul mate.Read More
You’ve decided you want to go to graduate school, but need a break before doing so. The gap year(s) between undergrad and grad school can be beneficial in a lot of ways. They can help you save money, gain work experience, build skills, and give you time and space to help you determine what you really want to study. In fact, many graduate school programs (particularly business and law) more frequently accept candidates who have taken a few years to do these aforementioned tasks. If you’re questioning how to use the time wisely, read on for suggestions.Read More
I love a good TED Talk. In fact, I often find myself recalling different messages I have heard in my everyday work. Here are some of my favorites that hopefully inspire you as well.Read More
The hours we spend getting to and from the office can really add up over time. If you find yourself sitting for lengthy periods of time during your commute, consider some of the following ways to use your commute more effectively.Read More
If you're anything like me, you've probably thought that doing everything "right" at work meant that you were a star-performer. It meant that you were excelling and would progress quickly along your career path, right? Wrong. This need for perfection has probably hindered you in more ways than one.Read More
I know it’s fun to look forward to the weekend. We make jokes about dreading Mondays and we celebrate Fridays. That’s all good, but what about the rest of the days? I don’t know about you, but I’d like to live for more than just the weekend. This got me thinking about how rather than griping about the work week, we could use gratitude to change our perspective.Read More
Your much-awaited time away from work has finally come. You’ve been counting down the days until you can fully “unplug” and live the blissful life of playing tourist, sitting on the beach, or perhaps binge watching Netflix for days. Whatever you choose to do with your vacation, we all know how tough it can be to return after time away. Here are a few ways you can get motivated once you return.Read More