What Do You Want Out of Life? (and, by extension, your career?)

When I was growing up, I never understood the fascination with celebrities. My mother would take me to the grocery store, and I would see print magazines spilling off the racks, full of minute details about their lives. This was back before the Internet, of course. Now we visit websites, download videos and podcasts and follow Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter feeds of our favorite larger-than-life personalities.

What is it about the people “the world” admires that is different from the average Jane or Joe? What gets at the heart of making someone into a success? These were questions that interested me at a young age. As I grew up, I learned that fame and success were often unrelated. There is a whole other class of people who are highly successful and receive more private accolades and other forms of praise (compensation being only one).

The conundrum is always this – how can we do what we want to do and also find a way to make that into a career?

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A Career Coach on a Snow Day: Grit

As a snow day gives you time to reflect on what you want for your life and career and (for many of us) what you want to pass on to the next generation, I was thankful for the snow.

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Where and How Do You Find Wonder and Inspiration? A Photo Essay

As I enjoyed a beautiful day outside in perfect weather yesterday, I started reflecting on the times I am most creative and what inspires me: when time slows down and I am able to think expansively. It’s a goal of mine to have more of those moments in the coming year.

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Successful Career Transition Stage 2: Vet Your Options

Kristina has always secretly dreamed of owning a vineyard in France. She has other dreams, too. But this one just won’t go away. How can Kristina, from her windowless desk at a bank in New York City, figure out how to bring more of her dream life into her actual life? Exploration is the first stage of a successful career transition, […]

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Successful Career Transition Stage 1: Start With a Creative Mindset

Marilyn hates her job. She has many ideas about where her next move and needs help sorting them out. Rob is stuck in a rut but he can hardly imagine doing anything else. Marilyn and Rob are in Stage 1 of the Career Transition Process and need to put some structure around their exploratory work.

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My Biggest Career Mistake: Sailing, Secretaries and Lime Green Pants

I believe in the power of mistakes. No one likes to make mistakes, of course. But that is where the learning happens. Bigger mistake, greater opportunity to learn. What may have been my biggest career mistake happened very early on, while I was still finishing my undergraduate degree. I had my very first internship and […]

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