Stop and think for a moment: what does success look like to you? It’s different for everyone. For some, their success will be defined by their career. A corner office, a large staff working under you, perhaps running your own business. For some, it’s defined by personal accomplishment. Getting married, having children, having a fulfilling home life. Others define success based on how they are perceived by the outside world: a large house, a nice car, a top-notch wardrobe. The definition is subjective. We all have our own personal yardstick for success....more
With the back-to-school season in full swing, I wanted to take this time to share some advice with those heading off to college. I’ve only been out of college for two years, so it's still a time in my life I remember well. And I definitely recall what the biggest challenges were for me then.
It’s an awesome time in your life, but also a stressful one as you try to figure out what you're going to do with the rest of your life.
One of my Facebook friends put up a post this morning saying she thought she was the only mom around who hadn't taken a last-day-of-school picture of her kids. She hashtagged her post "mom fail." Um, no.That's #crazytalk.I know this mom, and she is amazing. She cares about her kids. She's enthusiastic and involved. I've never seen her when she wasn't smiling. (Note to my children: no, you cannot have her instead of me.)...more
As a young teen, I once asked my Mom if I could get an after-school job. Her reply was: "Your job is to be a good student." So I tried my best to do a good job and balance my school work with all the other chores I did around the house....more
When someone says they have a lot on their plate or that their plate is full, I would suggest having some compassion or understanding to what it is they are saying.Have you ever had to explain to someone exactly what’s on your plate in order for them to just get it? Even when you don’t want to, or feel like you should not have to - -for personal reasons or whatever the case may be?...more
We hear this story all the time:“I tried everything! And then finally…”Finally, the solution is found.Finally, the right diet and exercise plan kicks in.Finally, your perfect partner arrives in your life....more
Sometimes the cost (of success) is physical, impacting one's limbs, in more ways than one.Oftentimes the impact is not only skin deep.Perhaps questioning or doubting one's skills in the related fields; experiencing cut-throat, merciless competition; working extra long hours and still wondering whether one will succeed....more
By the standards of the world, my profession, and my paying work, I would be the model example of failure in my career. I am not attending conferences, hobnobbing with fellow colleagues in the field, and I am not keeping up with current research and publishing.It is time to throw in the towel and call me done. Look up the word 'failure' (to do one's job well) in the dictionary, and my name and photograph will be found in the definition of the term....more
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