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Motivation and Productivity

Fighting Your “Dip”

Picture this: it’s your first day at your dream job, an entry-level position at a top-notch architecture firm. You’ve been excited about this opportunity for a long time, and throw yourself headfirst into your work. The learning curve is steep, and the fact that you’re developing new skills fuels your enthusiasm. It seems like you’ll [...]

Using Your Role Models to Find out Your Priorities

I’ve always loved reading biographies. Maybe it’s because I like stories about people who accomplished big things against the odds. Perhaps it’s because when I’m down, reading about other people’s struggles helps put my own life in perspective. But most of all, I think I read biographies to find new role models. Most people know [...]

Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose

  A few years ago, my friend Carlotta was going through a real career slump. She was working full-time as an executive headhunter. She had gotten into the recruiting business because she enjoyed connecting people, but she felt more like a cutthroat salesperson working on commission. She made decent money but was having trouble motivating [...]

Don’t Worry About What You Can’t Control

Happy holidays everyone! To many people, the holidays are a time of great stress, and today I'd like to share a little story about how you can reduce your stress and free up your energy for the things that really matter. Several months back, I was helping a high school student through the college admissions [...]

Relaxation 101: A Guide to Destressing

Two years ago, I was stressed all the time. I woke up every morning with some responsibility or pressure weighing on my mind. One day, I looked in the mirror and asked myself if this was really the right way to live, and I concluded that being stressed was actually a terrible use of my [...]

The Definitive Guide to Staying Productive and Motivated

RRRRRINNGGGG! Its 7:00 AM. I put my head over my pillow to drone out the noise. RRRRINNNNNGGGGG – there it goes again! Ah, I really don’t want to get up and go to work today… Sleepily, I wander over to the shower. I jump out, put on some clothes, grab some breakfast, and head off [...]

Motivate Yourself with the “Just For Today” Technique

Having big goals for ourselves is important. Unless we think big, we’re never going to develop the skills and the personal brand needed to earn the money we want. The problem is that big goals can often be overwhelming – whether it’s changing a behavior, learning a new skill, earning more money on the side, [...]

The Difference between Passion and Drive

My friend Lisa is a professional musician. She practices and performs more than 60 hours a week, all for very little money. She is a very intelligent person who could probably have a much more secure job, but in her own words she “loves what she does.” I have another friend, Maggie, who is a [...]

Three Great Tips to Save Time…Starting Now

Ahhhhh….too much to do, not enough time! How often have you said this to yourself in the last year? It’s true: our time is our most valuable asset, and there’s never enough of it to go around. More time = More money. With that in mind, here are three tips to help you save more [...]

I’d Do It, But…

“I’d do it, but….” How many times have you said these four words before? I personally say them all the time – way more often than I should. When we say things like this, we’re setting up psychological barriers. We want to accomplish or change something in our lives, but are having trouble putting in [...]