New Year, Same You

New Year, Same You

OK, so here we are, a week deep into 2019….and at least half of the people I know have already bailed on their New Year’s resolutions. Big surprise, right? Actually, this is par for the course for most people. The reality is that the whole idea of making New Year’s resolutions more or less guarantees you’ll fail.

Networking 111

Networking 111

Last week, we talked about the importance of networking and some of the more common networking styles people use. Here, I just want to explain how to network effectively, with a few pointers that can help you take your career or your business to the next level.

Networking 101

Networking 101

By now, I'm sure you've heard the adage: your network determines your net worth. And if you allow me to channel my inner Robert Kiyosaki, "The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work." So, it goes without saying that if you want to build a dynamic corporate career or become a successful entrepreneur, you're going to have to work on building a strong network.

Put Some Muscle in Your Hustle

Put Some Muscle in Your Hustle

Have you ever noticed that people who are always winning have certain traits in common? Think about it. They usually are very positive. They seem to have abundant energy. And they seem to handle stress better than other people. I know what you're thinking: "That's all gravy, but how can I attain those traits so I can start winning, too?" Have no fear, the answer is near....

Do It With Passion, or Not at All

Do It With Passion, or Not at All

For most people, success is a marathon, not a sprint. Take a moment to have a real conversation with yourself and ask yourself if you are passionate enough about achieving your goals that you are willing to do everything it takes to achieve them. If not, you'd better have a good Plan B as a backup. Chances are, you'll end up working for someone who only had an 'A' game because quitting was not an option.

If You Want to Be a Business G.O.A.T., Get a Business Coach

If You Want to Be a Business G.O.A.T., Get a Business Coach

So, what exactly is a business coach? People frequently confuse the roles of mentors and coaches, so without being too detailed, I will briefly outline what business coaches do.

A coach helps a client (a person or an organization) to enhance awareness for the purpose of setting and achieving goals in order to improve performance in specific areas. This is a behavioral approach to performance management that takes a holistic approach to overcoming obstacles the client is facing.

Make Your Mark on the World!

Make Your Mark on the World!

I don't know anyone who has accomplished anything significant by just going through the motions. Think of all the game changers you have heard of - Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Serena Williams, Tom Brady. What do they all have in common? Passion.

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Honestly, I'd say that most people give an effort that hovers somewhere between 60-75%, and that's OK. It's just OK. It's average. I don't know how a reasonably intelligent person could expect that average effort would yield above average results.

Sharpening the Saw

Sharpening the Saw

I'm sure you've heard it at least once before. You know, the anecdotal tale of the woodcutter who works tirelessly sawing wood for days on end, becoming increasingly less productive because the incessant sawing dulls his blade. The simple solution to his declining productivity is to occasionally sharpen the saw.

What's Your Why?

What's Your Why?

I have seen far too many people dream of success in various fields not achieve their goals because they either: A) lacked an intrinsic motivation for attaining the goal, or B) employed a strategy that wasn't properly aligned with attaining the goal. The root cause of both problems is failing to ask yourself, "Why?"

Is Getting an MBA Still Worth It?

Is Getting an MBA Still Worth It?

Remember when an MBA was something? Sure you do. It wasn't that long ago. The scenario was familiar: so-and-so went to college and studied business, worked for a couple of years, then went to business school and got an MBA, is now a c-suite executive at big company.

Investing on a Shoestring Budget

Investing on a Shoestring Budget

Since my last post, I have received a deluge of inquiries about how a person living paycheck to paycheck can invest. I'll admit it: at first blush, the thought seems too daunting to be plausible, but rest assured there are strategies that you can use to put you in position to invest, even on a shoestring budget.

Avoiding a Working Retirement

Avoiding a Working Retirement

Have you ever noticed how many elderly people are still holding down jobs? I don't mean consulting jobs for which their expertise is paid a premium. I mean jobs that pay a pittance hovering around minimum wage. Look how many greeters at Walmart, for example, are old enough to be your grandmother - or great grandmother.

Don't Freelance for a Freeloader

Don't Freelance for a Freeloader

I think the free in freelance confuses people sometimes. It's kind of like the way many Americans understood the word entrepreneur in the 80's: they thought it was a French word that meant unemployed street hustler, thanks to Eddie Murphy's (in)famous SNL sketch.