Let Them Tell You No

Really enjoyed this post from Sarah today. You lose 100% of the shots you don’t take, so why not take a chance? Why not ask for what you want? What’s the worst thing people can say? Let them tell you, “no.”

Ready. Set. Sarah.

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When it comes to career, life and taking chances, don’t take yourself out of the running. Give “them”- whoever “them” is- a chance to tell you no. You might be surprised how often you get a yes.
Among my close female friends and colleagues we all talk frequently about what we are passionate about, what innovative, creative and meaningful ideas we have for what we would like to do with our lives and our careers. But, rarely do we take steps towards those dreams. When a pathway opens that could get us one step closer we talk ourselves out of it, or fail to recognize the opportunity.
I have been in way too many conversations with friends where they (or I) have talked ourselves out of going for an opportunity, or trying something we think we’ll like (promotion, new position, long coveted hobby or…

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The Two-Step Method to Going Above and Beyond at Work

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“Tommy goes above and beyond to get the job done!”

I feel as though I always see recommendations on LinkedIn or references from job seekers with that catch-all phrase for a high performer: above and beyond.

But outside of over used corporate jargon, what does that epithet really mean? Tommy could do the research I asked him to do and also create an interpretive dance to explain it to me. I just asked for the research, but the interpretive dance is certainly “above and beyond” what I asked him to do.
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To be Liked or Respected: That is the Question – Musings on reputation building

Many of you have probably seen the Labels Against Women add that Pantene put out recently. It explores how the same action taken by a man is interpreted differently (and sometimes negatively) when taken by a woman. A strong man is “the boss” while a strong woman is “bossy;” a man is “neat” if he takes care of his appearance while a woman is “vain.”

All of our actions at work and in life, regardless of how we intend them to come off, are interpreted by those around us. This is what creates our reputation. Because what is a reputation, really, other than the beliefs or opinions that other people have about is?
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Talking to Strangers – The Art of Networking

Have you ever been at an office holiday party, and as you look across the room, you realize that you know no one in the room?

Or have you gone to a business conference, and during meals and break sessions you sit by yourself, playing on your phone and hoping you look busy so that you don’t have to awkwardly try and meet people?

We’ve all been there, and I’m sure we’ll be there again. But networking is such a critical part of our professional and personal growth, and it’s a skill worth practicing every chance we get.
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Things to Consider when Starting a Direct Sales Business

As world renown Gen Y career adviser, Penelope Trunk, has astutely observed, Gen Y wants to be entrepreneurs. We want to be our own bosses. We don’t want to live in cube farms for the rest of our lives, and we want the two things that never seem to go together: time and money.

Instead of working long arduous hours on a startup that may or may not pan out (or pay out), many Gen Y folks – and retirees for that matter – are turning to direct sales. They don’t plan to get rich quick, but it is their safety net or “Plan B” should they lose their job, want to quit their job, or want to supplement their income. And I can tell you from personal experience, there is nothing more rewarding and empowering than owning your own business.
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The Job Interview – Observations from a Recent New Hire

Looking back on my career so far, I like to think I have a pretty good interviewing track record. I’ve interviewed for seven different positions, and I landed all but one of them. I’m not saying this to claim that I’m some sort of interviewing guru, but I do seem to have a knack for it.

(Note: This assumes that my resume made it past HR and to a hiring manager. I didn’t bother to count the number of jobs I applied to and never heard back about. More on that in a later post, “Your Parents Were Right: It’s not always what you know, but who you know…”).
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Confessions of a Gen Y Job Hopper

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My first job out of college –
A Safari Driver at Disney World

I hear people say all the time that young professionals only plan to stay in a job for two to three years (Forbes). I’ve even heard HR reps say that Gen Y employees will have seven different careers before they’re 30. And that’s pretty accurate.
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