The REAL Secret to Being Happy

“Live life with passion and pursue excellence in everything I do.”  If you were to ask me what the purpose of life is for me, this is how I’d answer you. As you can see, the purpose of my life is NOT to achieve; but to pursue.  The purpose of my life is NOT the goal itself, but the journey in quest of the goal.  The purpose of my life is to set the bar …

Are You Properly Dangling Your Carrot?

You have only 15-20 seconds, at most, to get the attention of a hiring manager.  In a high unemployment job market, you just must dangle a “value carrot” and communicate what significant results you can deliver and produce better than other qualified candidates.  Common sense would dictate that assembly line, look-alike résumés won’t stand out when over 20 million people are seeking employment. The GOOD NEWS is that you have 100% control over the information …

7 Tricks to Turn Disappointment into Success

“For every success you experience in life, you must overcome 100 disappointments.” Jay Block You have to experience it if for your life to be worthwhile You must accept it as a necessary part of life You can’t avoid it You don’t have to fall in love with it The “it” I am referring to is disappointment. If you want to achieve anything meaningful or significant in your life there are 5 steps you must …

Courage Can Be Learned: How You Can Develop (More) Courage

Courage is the most important characteristic for success, achievement, and happiness. Without courage – nothing of substance is possible. If desire is your wishbone, then courage is your backbone. Your backbone provides the sheer determination to achieve your desires – inclusive of fear, adversity, setbacks, pain, danger, hardship, and uncertainty. Harry Truman said, “To succeed without risk, to attain experience without danger, and to achieve reward without work is as impossible as it is to …

Laughter is The Best Medicine

Henry Ford was furious. He was called ‘an ignorant pacifist’ in a Chicago newspaper editorial during World War I. He brought suit against the newspaper. During the proceedings, attorneys for the newspaper tried to prove that Mr. Ford was, indeed, ignorant. “How many soldiers did the British send over to America to quell the rebellion in 1776?” an attorney asked. Angry with this preposterous question, but in total command of his emotions, Ford responded, “I …

4 Questions an Effective Resume Answers in 15 Seconds

  In today’s new job market, the old way of “job search” simply doesn’t work. Think about it… when was the last time you bought something from a door-to-door salesman? It is time to stop knocking on doors, and giving them a copy of your “chronological obituary” (your old boring resume) and start a high impact, self-marketing job CAMPAIGN. The Job Campaign Process The job campaign process is composed of 5 distinct components: First you must …

You Can’t Fix a Problem With The Same Mind That Created It

John: “Hey Sara, what’s new?” Sara: “Nothing. Same old, same old.” If we are not creating anything new on a regular basis, we are probably heading in the wrong direction and blaming others or finding excuses. If we are not consistently creating something new, we are destroying possibilities and waisting potential. 1) A New Mindset Success, achievement, and happiness are not born out of negativity and pessimism. When we are feeling unhappy or experiencing adversity, we …

The Hole in the Roof: A Story of Vision and Faith

* Note to the Reader: All accounts / events in this article are true and accurate. The ex con struggled to get in my car in arguably the poorest section of Detroit. It was Tuesday, January 26th of this year – 2010. When he finally settled in, I helped buckle the seatbelt behind him because I couldn’t stand to listen to the seatbelt warning beep for the entire trip. Honestly, I felt a bit uneasy sitting …

The Trip to the Seashore

Once upon a time, there was a lady who felt that she had reached the end of her rope. It seemed like all the passion of life had disappeared as had all her interests and desires. Her purpose for life had vanished or was hidden away somewhere deep in her soul. Her creative wells had seemingly gone dry. She still had her work, her family, and her friends but, over time, it all seemed meaningless …

5 Tips for Mastering Consistency

  An apple a day keeps the doctor away. John asks, “Can I eat 7 apples on Sunday instead?” The job seeker is advised to send out 10 resumes a day to plant seeds of new opportunities for his better future. He sends out six resumes one day, eight the next, nine the next, etc. The business owner plans to call on 3 new educational institutions a week to attract new referral business. Four months …