My Current Reading List

Are you like me with trying to read more than one book at a time?

I get so excited about certain books and it’s hard to be loyal to just one at a time… so they start piling up. You’d feel the same way if you had these fantastic books in front of you, as I do now:

  1. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (2011)
    ~by Valerie Young, Ed.D.
  2. Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love (2009)
    ~by Jonathan Fields
  3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2009)
    ~by Daniel Pink
  4. The Tao of Entrepreneurship (2009)
    ~by Marcia Bench

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Changing Your Clothes Can Lead the Way

I think you’d be surprised how much clothing comes up when talking with my career and business coaching clients. What is it about what we wear that seems to have such power over us?

Haven’t you put on a nice outfit and you suddenly feel like a million bucks? (Like The Red-Headed Diva shown in the photo.) Conversely, the wrong outfit can ruin your mood.

Sometimes we pretend we’re “above” that fashion stuff (while we secretly watch makeover shows). Let’s forget about judging or questioning it. Instead, let’s take a lesson from the drag queens who know the power of a great outfit!

Let’s consciously use that power of our clothes for our benefit.
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Is There Room for My Business in Today’s Market?

I hear these kinds of questions a lot and feel compelled to write a post to say: YES!

Well, yes with a qualifier. I’ll give you the criteria below.

First, let me elaborate on the common ways I hear that fear expressed:

  • “Isn’t the market saturated with that?”
  • “Isn’t everyone trying to start a business right now?”
  • “Is there really room for me too?”
  • “No one is spending right now so why would they buy my services?”

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The Self-Employment Leap of Faith

Many people wonder how to handle the lack of income security that seems to come with self-employment. I’ve seen people stop themselves from going for their dreams for that reason.

It’s hard to take any big leap. It’s scary as hell. I get it. I put it off for years. Sometimes waiting is exactly the right thing until you find the first step that makes it feel right.

To deal with the nervousness, one main trick is to stop expecting to find that sense of security that a job seemed to promise.

To be clear, that job “security” was never real. Let’s face it. We were lulled into a false sense of security and it’s time to wake up to the truth. Continue reading