Looking for Something To Do? Why Not Give Reading a Shot!

reading2 209x300 Looking for Something To Do? Why Not Give Reading a Shot!As I write this post, it’s snow­ing out­side, thanks to the cour­tesy of win­ter storm Albert com­ing up the East coast. My town was for­tu­nate to only get 12 to 16 inches. Some other areas of the state got over 24 inches. Due to my injury this past sum­mer, I’m still recov­er­ing and med­ically for­bid­den from all strong twist­ing motions that may cause me to re-injure myself. What does that mean? It means I’m not allowed to shovel my own dri­ve­way and side­walk so I’m let­ting some of the neigh­bor­hood kids earn a few dol­lars shov­el­ing it for me (and no I don’t own a snow­blower). In the mean­time, I’m stuck at home unable to go out until my dri­ve­way is cleared.  This made me think about what I can do with the lit­tle bit of time I have until my dri­ve­way is clear. “The secret of your future is hid­den in your daily rou­tine” is a say­ing that comes to mind. The first time I read it, I thought how pro­found yet sim­ple. The funny thing is that I rec­og­nized it to be so true. Every­one has the same 168 hours in a week. What we get out of it depends a great deal on what we do with it. At the same time, it also depends on what we don’t do with it. …Read the rest of this article…

An Annual Ritual: The Company Holiday Party

December 18, 2009 by · 2 Great Opinions, Leave Yours
Filed under: Networking 

HolidayParty1 300x227 An Annual Ritual: The Company Holiday PartyToday I went to an annual rit­ual enjoyed by many in the cor­po­rate world.  Today was my company’s annual hol­i­day party. Com­plete with raf­fles, cash bar and plenty of food, the atmos­phere was ripe for min­gling between col­leagues.  What I per­son­ally never fail to notice is how many peo­ple come to such par­ties and then basi­cally sit by them­selves with maybe one other col­league. At a sim­i­lar com­pany party many years ago, I asked one of my then col­leagues, who told me he pre­ferred sit­ting by him­self most of the time, why come to the event then?  His answer was, “To be seen.” He wanted oth­ers, espe­cially upper man­age­ment, to see that he was a team player and that he goes out of his way to be at the com­pany party. I couldn’t help but be a lit­tle sur­prised and puz­zled by his ratio­nal! …Read the rest of this article…

Networking…The Great Equalizer

December 15, 2009 by · 6 Great Opinions, Leave Yours
Filed under: Networking 

networking8 247x300 Networking…The Great EqualizerEvery­one who is in just about every type of endeavor today has a vested inter­est in being a net­worker. Today, with the rise of social media and the influ­ence of online net­work­ing groups, the need to be able to net­work with oth­ers is more impor­tant than ever and that is why I call net­work­ing The Great Equalizer.

In today’s world, if one wants to have a suc­cess­ful career or a suc­cess­ful busi­ness or orga­ni­za­tion of any kind, there is really no such thing as a safe haven. The ease of com­mu­ni­ca­tion across the World Wide Web has enabled vir­tu­ally any­one in the world to gather some form of infor­ma­tion about vir­tu­ally any topic includ­ing you and/or your ven­ture. So what do you want peo­ple to know about you? …Read the rest of this article…

A Friend’s Diagnosis

depression1 207x300 A Friend’s DiagnosisWe all have sto­ries to share. Some peo­ple have good sto­ries, oth­ers have bad ones, but all of them are sto­ries that talk about a person’s life and what they have learned in the process. You may find your­self in the future (if you haven’t already) learn­ing about a per­sonal strug­gle a close friend of yours is going through. You may find your­self look­ing at your life in a dif­fer­ent way after learn­ing about your friends strug­gle. I thought it was impor­tant for me to share with my read­ers what a friend of mine told me she was going through for the past year. In actu­al­ity she was going through it for most of her life. She just didn’t know it. Her story made me reflect a lit­tle on my own life.

A Friend Con­fided In Me

Recently a friend of mine, Linda, opened up to me about an issue she’s been fac­ing for a long time. …Read the rest of this article…

35 Great Sites and Articles for Tips on How to Have a Positive Attitude

November 25, 2009 by · 10 Great Opinions, Leave Yours
Filed under: Positive Attitude 

 35 Great Sites and Articles for Tips on How to Have a Positive AttitudeCan the choice of atti­tude in your life have an affect on the things that hap­pen to you? I’m a firm believer that it can. Time and time again I’ve been wit­ness to these effects. Both with me and with oth­ers. When­ever I choose to have a good atti­tude, I real­ize that the level of neg­a­tive stress in my life is greatly reduced. At the same time, I notice that I rec­og­nize more oppor­tu­ni­ties pre­sent­ing them­selves when I have a bet­ter or pos­i­tive atti­tude.  On the flip side, it’s inter­est­ing how peo­ple who choose to have a bad or neg­a­tive atti­tude seem to have more “bad luck” occur­ring in their lives. Why is that?
…Read the rest of this article…

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