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Good or Ego (or is that Evil?)

Somewhere along the way, those of us in the New Thought world—who don’t really believe in a devil or “his” purposes—transposed the face of that demonic force onto the ego. The ego is now considered to be the enemy—one that can possess us. When we are so possessed—it is thought—we think and feel so-called “negative” thoughts and feelings, and we act out negative behaviors. So, it seems we’ve changed the language a bit, but it’s still the same old scenario. And this evil force is not now, as it once was, projected out onto an external super-entity called the devil or Satan, but it is now living inside of us. Well, we’ve already talked about how the ego is really just a liaison between the inner and outer worlds, but now, what we need to talk about is what is really inside of us. What is the range of our existence? What can we do with those difficult parts of ourselves that seem to grab hold of us and refuse to let go until we behave out of them? Don’t miss this one.

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Exceptional Advice for College Students

College students MUST learn how to network in exceptional ways and here are the best ways to do that:

1. Differentiate yourself by researching anyone you meet before you meet them – that includes professors, representatives from ANY company that comes on campus, interviewers, speakers, and people at career fairs. Career fairs are happening right now on campuses across the country. You may get the names of the companies coming to career fairs, but you rarely will get the names. When you do find out their names, usually the day of the fair, look them up on linkedin & mention someone about their backgrounds. You’ll probably be the only one who does!

2. There are 4 steps to networking: 1 – research, 2 – approach, 3 – follow up, 4 – request. Only after you go through steps 1, 2, 3 a couple of times, do you EVER ask for something. Impress them in every other way. Here is a secret – they all KNOW you want a job. Don’t ask for it. Instead, give them something they are interested in. GIVE, GIVE, GIVE and you will get a job. Giving … what a concept!

3. Best networking questions to ask someone you never met before: 1 – what do you like most about what you do?, 2 – what was your best day? These questions will get them talking which will get you listening (hopefully!) and then you can follow up.

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5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion – Purple Clover

If you didn’t get the promotion you think you deserved, my career advice post on Purple Clover explores 5 reasons why and what you can do about it:

  • You don’t want it;
  • You don’t qualify;
  • You don’t fit;
  • You’re more valuable right where you are;
  • You were outmatched by someone else.

Are you guilty of any of these limiting behaviors or beliefs? Are there other reasons you think I missed? Leave a comment about your experience with career advancement. Read the full article on Purple Clover: 5 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get That Promotion.

 

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Help! People Refer Me To Jobs I Don’t Want – Work Reimagined

It’s great to get referred to job leads and contacts, but if you’re getting referrals that don’t fit what you want or need, my job search post for Work Reimagined highlights 2 main reasons this is happening:

  • People don’t know what you WANT;
  • People don’t know what you DO.

Read tips and strategies for fixing both of these problems on Work Reimagined: Help! People Refer Me To Jobs I Don’t Want.

Check the status of your own job search: Do you know what would be the ideal referral for you? Do you know what would be helpful to your job search right now? Do your connections understand what you do? Are they up-to-date on your full experience and skill set?

 

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Special Encore Presentation: Dr. Brian Weiss and Deeper Levels of Healing

Dr. Brian Weiss comes to the Authentic Living Show this week to help us find new levels of healing with regard to past life regression. He’ll be appearing at the upcoming I Can Do It Conference in Atlanta, GA to discuss this same topic and today we are fortunate to have him come here to give us a preview and to help us understand past-life regression and why it helps us heal and grow. Dr. Weiss is best known for his best-selling book Many Lives, Many Masters, and his scientific exploration of a topic, which in the field of psychiatry is still considered by many to be bogus. His work is considered by most to be earth-shattering in that it changes the entire view of who we are and what we are doing here. So, you are not going to want to miss this show.

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Minefields To Avoid In The Executive-To-Entrepreneur Career Change – Purple Clover

In my business advice piece for Purple Clover, I cover 3 behaviors and beliefs to avoid if you’re making the executive-to-entrepreneur transition. If you find yourself thinking or doing any of this, you may have some bad corporate habits:

  1. Sales is someone else’s job — as an entrepreneur, sales is now your number one job
  2. I can just call the help desk — be prepared to do more grunt work than you realized, and that probably includes changing the toner!
  3. Let’s expense it — every expense is now your investment. Before you spend, calculate your return and mind your cash flow

Read the full article for more details about each of these and my recommendations for what to do instead at Purple Clover: How To Be A More Nimble Entrepreneur.

I’m a corporate refugee-turned-entrepreneur, and I know I had some bad habits to break. What are some of yours? What is your best tip for the traditionally employed who want to launch a business?

 

 

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10 Things Every Job Seeker Must Know About Your Dream Employer – Life Reimagined for Work

In my job search post for Life Reimagined for Work, I provide a checklist of the 10 Things Every Job Seeker Must Know about their target companies:

  1. The basics
  2. The challenges
  3. Recent news and announcements
  4. Competitors
  5. Who does what
  6. Who reports to whom
  7. Work works with whom
  8. Employee backgrounds
  9. Culture
  10. Hiring history

Read the full article at Life Reimagined for Work to get more detail on each area. Then leave me a comment on which ones you already know and which items you still have to find out for your dream companies. Any other items you think should have made my list?

 

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What To Do When You Are More Qualified Than Your Boss

I was recently interviewed by Forbes on what to do when you are more qualified than your boss. It actually happens more than you think. Companies need leaders and leaders grow through diverse experiences. So people are often “dropped” into growth roles to learn and to lead and they end up managing “subject matter experts” who have more knowledge and experience in a particular field.

Sometimes it has nothing to do with you and sometimes it has everything to do with you. More often than not, someone has been noticed by senior management, and they are given the opportunity to learn, grow and manage. But think about it … why weren’t you noticed? Are you not networking enough? Are you working hard and keeping your head too close to the desk, when you should be meeting with others and expanding your network?

What are employees to do if they find themselves in this situation? 1 – Make it a win-win. Help the person succeed and you will be seen as a team player. 2 – Continue to grow yourself by getting a certification, taking a class, or even getting an advanced degree in your field. 3 – Think of a stretch assignment of your own. 4 – Find a mentor and ask for their objective advice.

Things not to do include complaining and or gossiping about your boss. Nothing good results from that! Read more in the Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/08/28/when-youre-more-qualified-than-the-boss/

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7 Reasons Why All Employees Need To Be ‘Suitcase Entrepreneurs’ – Forbes

This post originally appears in my Work In Progress blog for Forbes.com:

I was excited to read Natalie Sisson’s new Amazon bestseller, The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Create freedom in business and adventure in life, which outlines her best strategies, tips and hacks on building a location-independent business. Sisson is a fellow Forbes contributor and writes exhaustively about technology, social media, and systems specific to building a business you can operate virtually. In Sisson’s case, she espouses location-independence because she loves to travel, hence her moniker “suitcase entrepreneur.” But in my work as a career expert whose clients are mainly traditional employees, not entrepreneurs, I was struck by how important and useful this book is for the office-bound professional. Here are 7 reasons why employees should embrace the tips and tools in Sisson’s book, even if you never work offsite:

You embrace the latest technology.
Working flexibly requires that you to have better technology skills than if you just use your desktop. You might not think it’s worth the time and effort to invest if you’re never going to work offsite. But in the process of developing this expertise, you will likely find tools that will help you even at your desktop. At the very least, your newfound tech skills will make you more marketable.

You embrace social media.
Embracing the technology will make you more facile with mobile devices, cloud-based tools and apps, but location independence also requires that you increase your comfort with social media. As a corporate employee, you always want to align your activity with your company’s social media policy, but you want to be active. Social media skills are desirable across a variety of functions, not just marketing.

You consciously develop your value proposition and brand.
You might not be starting a business but you still are serving clients – your company’s clients, your colleagues, your boss and senior management. So when Sisson shares strategies on branding, think about branding for your audience. If you’re aspiring for a promotion or larger role, remember to brand congruent to your goals.

You confirm your critical work responsibilities.
You might not have the same hiring authority as an entrepreneur, but you likely have to pull together teams or enroll people to help you complete your projects. When Sisson shares strategies on thinking through what an entrepreneur can delegate, think about your own management approach and choices. What can you delegate? What should you and only you do?

You confirm your ideal work processes.
As you think about what your ultimate responsibilities are, who your audience is, and what social media and other technology tools you can adopt, it also forces you to think through how you work. If you’ve been in your role for a while you probably have a routine down pat. This makes you efficient but can also make you complacent. If you brainstorm about telecommuting, even if you never do it, it forces you to question how you do everything. There might be activities you can streamline, improve, or drop altogether.

You reflect on your personal and leisure preferences.
The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Create freedom in business and adventure in life contains a checklist about your travel preferences. Even though I am not an avid traveler, the checklist is a great prompt about your personal preferences and leisure choices. Many people are overworked and overstressed and don’t give enough time to how they might relax. Use the travel goal checklist to get your inspiration going and give you some structure for getting more out of your vacation time. You may even be inspired to be more proactive about your travel.

You reflect outside your comfort zone.
The focus of this book is absolutely entrepreneurship and specifically travel-loving entrepreneurs (there are many chapters on business-building strategies and travel-related hacks that I don’t cover here). But at the core of this book is the question, “Why not you?” Why don’t you telecommute? Why don’t you leave corporate and be an entrepreneur? Why don’t you design exactly the life you choose, including traveling around the world? Even if you love your work situation and don’t plan to change it, it’s helpful to confirm that by reflecting outside your comfort zone and choosing proactively to be right where you are.

Marissa Mayer’s decision to end telecommuting at Yahoo may be a strike against location independence. However, regardless of how flexible your work environment actually is, preparing yourself and your work processes so you can work out of the office forces you to embrace productive technology, rethink your work goals and processes, and reflect on what you want from work and life. Use Natalie Sisson’s book as a creative way to plan your career, even if you never launch into suitcase entrepreneurship.

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Special Encore Presentation: Astrologer Steven Forrest on Astrology and Authenticity

We are so excited today to be able to talk to well-known astrologer, author and teacher Steven Forrest about how we might use astrology to help us discover, challenge and encourage our own authenticity. Forrest is the author of several astrological bestsellers, including THE INNER SKY, THE CHANGING SKY, THE BOOK OF PLUTO, THE NIGHT SPEAKS, and the astrology classic YESTERDAY’S SKY. His most recent is THE BOOK OF THE MOON. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, and he travels worldwide to speak and teach his brand of choice-centered Evolutionary Astrology, which integrates free will, grounded humanistic psychology and ancient metaphysics. He has won prestigious awards, and the acclaim of people like Sting, Callie Khouri—author of the screenplay for Thelma and Louise and Oprah Magazine. Along with his busy private practice, he maintains active astrological apprenticeship programs. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s most acclaimed astrologers.