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    An alternative path to self-accepta…

    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get…

    An alternative path to self-acceptance

    This post takes place in Beverly Hills. I’m just going to tell you right now that I go there to get Botox. If anyone is surprised, I’ll be surprised. The path to self-acceptance is paved with injectables. Step 1: Try to change yourself. I was going to write a big post about how I’m confessing to getting Botox and then I thought better of it, that it would make me look too old. Then I thought maybe it’ll make me look rich. Because honestly, Botox is really expensive and it’s not just Botox but also fillers. I don’t even know what the brand is. I just go to the dermatologist and say “make me look younger.” Well, actually it’s not the dermatologist. It…

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    Women Are Already Underrepresented …

    Though female participation in the overall labor force has increased over the past two decades, Holl…

    Women Are Already Underrepresented On Major Film Crews, And The Numbers Are Getting Worse

    Though female participation in the overall labor force has increased over the past two decades, Hollywood is still the boys' club it has always been. In fact, there are actually fewer women working on major motion pictures today than there were in 1994, according to a new report compiled by the writer and film producer Stephen Follows. Follows looked at the crews behind the top 100 grossing films in each of the past 20 years and found that female participation dropped from 22.7% in 1994 to 21.8% in 2013, without showing much fluctuation in either direction. Another troubling fact from the report is that the major creative roles — writer, producer, and director — continue to be dominated by men. In 2013, women accounted for just…

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  • Career

    The One Thing You Need To Know Befo…

    Associated PressThere are some 711 business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegi…

    The One Thing You Need To Know Before Choosing A Business School

    Associated PressThere are some 711 business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  That's less than 5% of the worldwide total.  Clearly, not all b-schools are created equal, as you can see from the scads of rankings that come out every year.  But when you're winnowing down choices for where to nab that MBA, there's one crucial thing to consider: the networking.  In a Reddit thread titled "What you wish you had known before going to BSchool," user NWmba fills us in on why:  The difference between a cheaper and a more expensive school tends to be the prestige of the people at them (professors, students). A good chunk of b-school is the networking, so keep that in mind. The majority of your…

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  • Career Woman

    Do You Work for a Conscious Busines…

    Part of running a conscious business is being a compassionate leader. Paula helps us understand the…

    Do You Work for a Conscious Business?

    Part of running a conscious business is being a compassionate leader. Paula helps us understand the value of compassion in the workplace on a personal and organizational level. Great read for leaders at all levels! – InPower Editors Early in my law practice, I remember going to the head of my team to report a serious work matter. Without hesitation, he told me to stop complaining and suck it up. Needless to say, any favorable opinion I had of him evaporated and our working relationship was forever changed. How would you respond if a member of your work team experienced a sudden life event? Does your company have procedures in place to handle such a crisis? When was the last time…

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  • Career

    This Mindset Can Prevent You From S…

    Whether it's graduating from law school, landing a new job, or watching your business finally turn a…

    This Mindset Can Prevent You From Succeeding At Work

    Whether it's graduating from law school, landing a new job, or watching your business finally turn a profit, almost everyone experiences that moment when they think, "I made it."  However, this mindset can actually be detrimental to future successes — especially at work. Philip Blackett, founder of Magnetic Interviewing, LLC, explains in a recent LinkedIn post that once you've achieved your ultimate goal, it's tempting to simply coast instead of searching for new goals. "The moment when you say 'I made it' ... is the moment that likely will lead you into complacency," he says. Shifting your mindset from constantly pushing forward to feeling like you've reached the top puts your career on cruise control. Instead of looking for ways to grow and improve, you're prone to sit back…

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  • Career

    How One Man Earns Up To $1,000 A We…

    Good news: You may never have to wait in line for Shake Shake, Cronuts, or iPhones, ever again. Robe…

    How One Man Earns Up To $1,000 A Week By Standing In Line

    Good news: You may never have to wait in line for Shake Shake, Cronuts, or iPhones, ever again. Robert Samuel, New York-based founder of Same Ole Line Dudes (SOLD Inc.), will wait for you. Samuel is a "professional line sitter." He waits for anything, from sample sales to Saturday Night Live tickets. Samuel charges $25 for the first hour and $10 for each additional half hour. In one week, he can make up to $1,000. Samuel got into this business two years ago, when he lost his job as an AT&T sales representative and needed a new way to make extra cash. When the iPhone 5 came out, he put an advertisement on Craiglist offering to wait in line for it for $100.   Hours before he purchased the iPhone, Samuel’s original customer cancelled…

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  • Career

    These Two Words Ruin Diets, Savings…

    Two little words destroy many a day's dieting, saving, or hustling: I deserve. As in, I ran two mile…

    These Two Words Ruin Diets, Savings, And Long-Term Goals

    Two little words destroy many a day's dieting, saving, or hustling: I deserve. As in, I ran two miles, I deserve a few scoops of ice cream.  I saved so much on those two books, I deserve a third.  I worked all day, I deserve to not wash the dishes. Psychologists call this self-sabotaging behavior moral licensing: you give yourself permission to do something "bad" because you've been "good" all day.  The effects are surreptitious. Studies have found that moral licensing extends not only from the cookies we treat ourselves to and the snooze buttons we can't stop mashing, but less savory parts of life — like discrimination.  For example, researchers have found that people are more willing to express prejudiced attitudes when their past behavior has established them as…

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  • Career

    Even Pastors Are Struggling To Pay …

    The Class of 2014 accumulated a record average of $33,000 dollars in student loan debt, up a remarka…

    Even Pastors Are Struggling To Pay Off Their Student Loan Debt Today

    The Class of 2014 accumulated a record average of $33,000 dollars in student loan debt, up a remarkable 32% from 2007 when adjusted for inflation. But while the students most closely associated with the student debt crunch tend to have degrees without an obvious career path (e.g. English, cultural studies, etc.), The Atlantic reports that even seminary school graduates can no longer count on a life of ministry as a means of paying off their debts. In the piece, reporter David R. Wheeler tells the story of Justin Barringer, a seminary graduate in Kentucky who has given up all hope of paying off his six-figure debt after applying unsuccessfully for nearly 100 full-time pastor jobs. Barringer is not only being hit by the…

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  • Career

    21 Quotes From Bill Gates That Take…

    Bill Gates' personal net worth — an estimated $80 billion — rivals the GDP of Ecuador and tops Croat…

    21 Quotes From Bill Gates That Take You Inside The Mind Of The World's Richest Man

    Bill Gates' personal net worth — an estimated $80 billion — rivals the GDP of Ecuador and tops Croatia's. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which he and his wife set up in 1997, gives away nearly $4 billion a year.  The Financial Times wrote that "through the stroke of pen on cheque book, Gates probably now has the power to affect the lives and well-being of a larger number of his fellow humans than any other private individual in history."  How did the world's wealthiest man get to where he is today? Gathered from 20 years of interviews, these quotes show how Gates grew from startup nerd to software titan to history-shifting activist. On the journey thus far "It's pretty amazing to go from a world where…

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  • Career Coach

    When Both Your Parents are Gone: Wh…

    My mom died recently, my dad years earlier.When our second parent dies, it reminds us that we’re get…

    When Both Your Parents are Gone: What’s your parents’ greatest legacy?

    My mom died recently, my dad years earlier.When our second parent dies, it reminds us that we’re getting toward the end of life’s conveyer belt. It also calls for me to look at their legacy not just for me but perhaps for you, my dear readers.My article in PsychologyToday.com today may help you identify what your parents' greatest contribution was or is.  HERE is the link.   

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  • Career Coach

    5 Ways to Make Office Life Easier f…

    I remember my first experience working in cubicle-land: radio playing in the cubicle next to me, con…

    5 Ways to Make Office Life Easier for Introverts

    I remember my first experience working in cubicle-land: radio playing in the cubicle next to me, constant hum of voices interrupted occasionally by the sounds of a teleconference blasting over a less-than-considerate colleague’s phone, bursts of laughter, high-energy discussions. The manager was an extrovert who did not think twice about it. She revelled in this upbeat, high-energy environment and simply assumed that it would be invigorating for everyone. Yet for the introverts who thought best in silence, it was a nightmare. Without being able to change it, we conformed. I knew how to join in, appear extroverted, upbeat and give off positive energy. The extroverts in the group were energized by being around others, and my being there gave them what they needed. But what…

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  • Career

    Do You Want To Be Called an Employe…

    One of the core elements to a company’s culture is how they refer to the people who work there. Are …

    Do You Want To Be Called an Employee or Associate [poll]

    One of the core elements to a company’s culture is how they refer to the people who work there. Are they called “employees” or “associates”? Or maybe something else like Disney’s “cast member”? I’ve worked for companies that have used both terms. So I don’t consider one to be better or worse than another. However, I recently heard a business person declare that they detested the word “employee”. Their thought was that associate implied the person had a vested interested in the organization and that their feedback was respected and valued. To them, this couldn’t be achieved using the word “employee”. To counter, I’ve heard plenty of employees say the word “associate“ is like putting lipstick on a pig. Their feeling was they…

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  • Career

    How A Regular Employee Helped Put A…

    Last year Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), brought the company $3.8 bil…

    How A Regular Employee Helped Put Amazon On The Path To Billions Of Dollars

    Last year Amazon's cloud computing business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), brought the company $3.8 billion in revenue. As LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman, along with entrepreneurs Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, illustrate in their new book "The Alliance," this multibillion-dollar business wasn't the brainchild of CEO Jeff Bezos or even an executive. It came from Benjamin Black, an employee who had been with the company a little over a year. It was 2003, and Black was recently promoted to website engineering manager. As Black explains in a blog post, he wrote a short paper that outlined a way to restructure Amazon's infrastructure, and at the end "mentioned the possibility of selling virtual servers as a service." He writes that he worked on the paper…

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  • Career

    Why Chasing 'Extrinsic Goals&#…

    Some goals make you happy. Others do the opposite. It comes down to whether your goals are intrinsic…

    Why Chasing 'Extrinsic Goals' Can Wreck Your Happiness

    Some goals make you happy. Others do the opposite. It comes down to whether your goals are intrinsic or extrinsic. The former is great for your happiness. The latter, not so much.  Here's the difference between the two:  • Stemming from the Latin for "inward," intrinsic goals relate to "goods of the soul," like personal growth, close relationships, and physical health. • Stemming from the Latin for "outward," extrinsic goals relate to "worldly goals," like money, status, or fame.  While we may have been told by our parents, religious leaders, and grade-school teachers that the instrinic goals are good for you, the psychology research helps explain why.  A 2003 study from the University of Rochester is a prime example. In it, researchers asked 147 recent college grads to report their…

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    Here's The Danger Of Getting T…

    Procrastination is cited as a common problem for most people, but there's a new pitfall to watch out…

    Here's The Danger Of Getting Things Done Too Early

    Procrastination is cited as a common problem for most people, but there's a new pitfall to watch out for: "precrastination." Precrastinators, as recently noted in the New York Times, have a tendency to finish tasks sooner than they need to, even if it costs them more time and energy than if they waited. New research from Pennsylvania State University shows that people are willing to expend large amounts of physical effort just to have the feeling of completing a task. In one experiment, students were asked to pick one of two buckets and bring them to the end of an alleyway. One bucket was placed closer to the end point, therefore requiring less physical effort, and the other was placed closer to the start.…

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Top Performers: All Roads Lead to Mindfulness

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Buried in work, your anxiety builds as you notice key deadlines are fast-approaching. You can’t wrap your head around just one task, so you do multiple — finding in time that you forfeited your opportunity to truly deliver results that matter to you and your company.

In our wired world of 24/7 communication, can we truly quiet our minds and produce great work without falling victim to insurmountable stress?

In short, the answer is: yes. Mindfulness — intentionally focusing on the present in a nonjudgmental way — works.

When Harvard professor Bill George presented his ideas on authentic leadership in 2011, he had the opportunity to ask the Dalai Lama, “How does one become mindful?” To his comfort, the Dalai Lama responded that it involves daily mindful practices.

We spoke with leading experts in mindful leadership who incorporate this technique into their professional and personal lives: ordained minister and physician Dr. Chris T. Pernell, author of Letters to My People: Inspirational Essays, Poems and Affirmations and founder of My Body & Me, a health and wellness initiative; owner of Lotus Yoga and Lotus in Action Jennifer Kohl; and Reiki master Deborah Flanagan, owner of Center for True Health.

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