Career and Goals

“If you don’t manage yourself, someone else is going to manage you.” At a recent conference I was speaking to a man who had worked for a large company and had been downsized after about twenty years.  The loss of...
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.  William Faulkner When I first graduated from law school I had a successful interview at a small firm. We discussed employment terms, including...
“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self..” – Soren Kierkegaard I have several colleagues who get really nervous during interviews. They are all very accomplished in their fields and any organization would be lucky...
If it makes you happy, it is what you’re supposed to do. – Pat Rodegast I used to think that I wanted to own a little French café. I love to cook food, eat food, take photos of food, read...
All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every second. ~ Henry David Thoreau As we approach the New Year, it’s important first to take a personal inventory of the year that has...
  “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans” – John Lennon It seems many people around me are reaching milestone birthdays. They are reaching 18, 30, 40, 50, 65 and 80. For some reason, birthdays cause many to look...
  “You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” - Thomas Wolfe My friend’s 16-year old daughter loves to cook. She takes the culinary class offered at her school, pores over...
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. - Gloria Steinem It’s the season of graduations – and graduation speeches. I’ve recently been listening online to many of the commencement addresses given by various well-known leaders in their fields –...
It is you – and no one else that creates your thoughts, your feelings and your actions.  – Peter Shepard Yesterday my colleague called me up for a vent session.  She had prepared a really complicated tax filing for a...
Without written goals, we fail to plan and to run with single-minded purpose. - Lailah Gifty Akita For the past few years I’ve been wanting much more flexibility in my daily schedule. After working full-time for almost 30 years I...
The more boundless your vision, the more real you are. – Deepak Chopra Where is your ‘happy place’? My happy place has been very much the same for as long as I can remember. I’m standing in a kitchen and there...
“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare On a lovely Saturday last summer, in a rare alignment of the planets, I was able to spend the entire day lounging by the pool. I slept late that morning...
“May you be with the Force.” – Alan Cohen I have been craving the freedom of setting my own schedule and the ability to work from home for a very long time. My friends had been telling me I should...
  “Don't believe in miracles -- depend on them.” - Laurence J. Peter For the first thirty years of my life I really wasn’t a spiritual person at all. I had attended twelve years of Catholic school so the concept of...