Archive | June, 2018

How to Become Better at Saying “No!”

June 14, 2018

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It may sound counterintuitive, but learning how to say “no” is a career skill that you need to learn how to master. Sure, being a “yes” person can open doors and keep you open to possibilities, but saying “no” will keep you sane. This round-up of posts is a good reminder about control, guilt, time management, and productivity and how they affect your career success.

Take Control Of Your Work Day: Block Off Your Calendar For Y-O-U
Not only will this strategy keep you on task, but it will keep you in control. And that’s the first step in being productive!

Need Help Saying No? First You Need “Me Time.”
Reverse-engineering your work day–that is, protecting a certain block of time each day without guilt or shame–allows you to say no more easily. You’ll be able to respond quickly and without a blink when you’re asked to spread yourself too thin.

3 Ways to Fit More Free Time Into Your Life
Just because you’re available doesn’t mean you have to say “yes,” just because you have an hour doesn’t mean you have to fill it with chores, and just because your to-do list isn’t done it doesn’t mean you should stay up late.

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10 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed…and Fail

June 12, 2018

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We all want success, but with success comes a great risk: failure. But maybe failure is exactly what we have to be willing to embrace if we want to succeed. These quotes dive into the relationship between success and failure. Which one is your favorite?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
― Herbert Bayard Swope

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
― Herman Melville

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
― Oliver Goldsmith

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
― Coco Chanel

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

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Do Something That Scares You!

June 7, 2018

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Why would I do something that scares me? Because it’s good for your career! We’re not sure if there’s any scientific evidence behind this one, but it’s safe to say that when you step outside your comfort zone, you learn something about yourself. Agreed? It’s also a good practice in overlooking perfection–and you might inspire others along the way.

Here are some ways you can incorporate a little “danger” into your work day:

  • Apply for a promotion.
  • Set up a lunch with someone you admire at work.
  • Sign up to attend a conference.
  • Ask for a raise.
  • Apply to speak at a conference.
  • Give feedback you’ve been too afraid to give.
  • Join a club or committee.
  • Sign up for a creative class.
  • Ask for feedback from your boss and coworkers.
  • Give a speech.
  • Organize a new club or committee.
  • Read a book on leadership or self improvement.
  • Try a new look via a new wardrobe or hair style.
  • Raise your hand for a project that you’d never have considered previously.

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How to Define Your Strengths

June 5, 2018

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Have an upcoming job interview? You’ll undoubtedly be asked about your strengths. But even if you’re not going through the job search process, it’s important to know your super powers. Can you easily define them right now? It’s harder than you think.

In theory, these strengths should be highly desirable skills that make you stand out from others on a daily basis and in an interview setting. Whatever skills you pick, make sure you have some solid examples to back yourself up. Here are some ideas to get you started:

The ability to…

  • learn and grow from mistakes
  • prioritize and efficiently delegate large scale projects
  • meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure
  • communicate effectively and succinctly across teams
  • solve problems creatively by assessing all angles
  • stay calm and focused in a high-stress environment
  • lead and take on responsibility when others won’t

Do you see yourself in any of these examples?

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