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Your Life Purpose Might Have Nothing to Do With Service

This post was inspired by this recent video from Marie Forleo, whom I appreciate and admire. It touches on the concepts of life purpose, service, and meaning. A fan had written to Marie to ask how she could make sure her personal fulfillment didn’t decrease when she left her service profession and switched to art. The fan was worried that her sense of meaning and purpose might suffer now that she was no longer serving others. Now, Marie routinely offers some of the most straightforward, thoughtful and practical advice on the Web. So when I heard her answer to this question, I realized just how potent a trap she’d …

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A Simple Strategy to Make Every Day Productive

If you’re like me, you have some days when you’re the queen of your life and get forty-three things done before lunch … and others where changing out of your pajamas is the day’s biggest achievement. This is one of the many reasons I love listening to business-oriented podcasts. You can pick up gems of wisdom and inspiration — and yea, even practical tips for productivity — from successful business people, even if they operate in a totally different realm than you. Recently I came across a shiny, new-to-me tidbit while listening to business guru Marie Forleo speak about gaining …

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Try This New Spin on Goal-Setting

Recently I listened to an interview with Chalene Johnson, who introduced me to a new idea for goal-setting. At first I was skeptical, but when I actually went through Chalene’s steps, it worked! Here’s what she suggested: 1. Set 10 goals. WHAT? TEN goals? That’s too many, isn’t it? Trust Chalene. Write down 10 goals across a wide range of areas of your life. Here are the areas Chalene suggests for your goals: Educational (a “get smart” goal — something you want to learn more about) Pure joy — something just for the fun of it Love life Family / …

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Introverts: 4 Survival Tips for Networking Events

What do you think of when you hear the words, “networking event”? For introverts, networking often calls to mind standing in a roomful of strangers, trying to balance a drink and a miniature paper plate with 3 grapes, a square of cheese and two crackers on it while pretending to enjoy yourself and secretly wondering how soon you can go home. For some, it may even call to mind an early experience at the dentist. Introverts, it doesn’t have to be that way. Honest! Not an introvert? Forward this to your favorite introvert friend. (Don’t have any friends who are …

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