Category Archives: Professional Development

The Conundrum

Life keeps changing, going, and moving even if we choose to ignore its continuos motion; it never stops. We all risk getting caught up in our emotions, dilemmas, and personal chaos as life progresses. It’s choosing to see the bigger picture that can keep us grounded in the moment and tied to what is actually happening, instead of standing in the fog of our petty issues. Continue reading

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Being Heard

As a young professional, breaking into a new industry can be difficult. Regardless of your attempts to use your education, gain new communication skills, and learn from seasoned professionals, many experienced co-workers may not be willing to listen to your ideas or take your suggestions; they may even be border line insulting when you offer insight. In such situations, it is important to remember that it is just another opportunity to learn and practice professionalism. Though it may be difficult, self control is a key factor to being successful. If someone is criticizing your ideas because you are young and inexperienced, do not loose your composure. Most importantly, when you are insulted or upset, do not let your emotions show in your demeanor or enable you from proceeding with your work. Keep a collected attitude and do not get discouraged, add your input where it is important and valuable; do not get drawn into another person’s demeaning or sarcastic behavior. Continue reading

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Work For Your Job Not Theirs

Walking around an office you hear gossip and chatter of how things could be run differently; you even hear it among friends outside of work. My question to each employee is not what they think should be done differently in someone else’s position, but what can be done differently in their own to make it more efficient. Not all confrontation is unhealthy, but every form of gossip is; if you as an employee have a problem with the way someone else is doing their job and it is not your position, keep it to yourself unless it is unethical, then take it to your superior. If you believe your position can be improved, I am fairly certain your boss will not have a problem with you finding a more efficient way of doing your job because efficiency leads to more revenue. Continue reading

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Schemes & Scenes

It is interesting to see how eager people are to back stab people they care about without even realizing the damage they will incur to themselves and others in the process. I have seen so much of this in women; a woman will be in a relationship but will flirt with any man who gives her attention. Another example is when a woman cheats; she revels in the excitement of having a new fling and does not give a second thought to the heart ache she is causing someone else. Men do these things too, but I am talking from a woman’s perspective because I am a woman; I have seen and heard many women act so shamelessly. Continue reading

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Toxic

Uncertainty is a looming and addictive feeling that many of us have carried at some point in our lives. For many, uncertainty becomes a way of life; these people operate their lives through fear, worry, and are plagued by persistent thoughts of doubt. I heard some one say the other day that they had to stay away from people with “toxic emotions”, it made me laugh. Continue reading

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Strategic Creativity

Regardless of what field you are in, there is usually some one else who makes more money than you, though they have the same profession. For most business owners, there is usually another business who offers similar services and who has a larger more consistent customer base. Life will always be unfair, but in business you can always count on change and systems. Yes, another business may be having more success than you, but why? There is always a reason, it is not just luck. If you are a salesmen, there is a reason other salesmen may be getting more monthly sales than you. As a technician you may wonder why other businesses who offer a similar product sell more units, there is a reason. No business or individual excels at a job because of blind luck; this should give you hope if you are seeking to become better within your profession. Continue reading

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Professional Faults

Professional Faults, we all have them. Some of these things stem from personal weaknesses but many of them come from a lack of experience or a change in dynamic/ atmosphere. The way we interact on a personal level or in personal relationships is often very different from the way we interact professionally. Personal and professional situations are very different and call for different responses. Continue reading

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Conflict and Opposition

I have noticed two things lately: you are either emotionally stunted by conflict/opposition or you burst through the bubble of your emotional limits and reach a new place of awareness. Many times we are forced through opposition, we struggle severely, and come out of it emotionally confused; but somehow without even trying, something about us is different. Continue reading

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Finding Your Niche

I have talked about respect, communication, and virtue. But now I would like to talk about directing your ambition.

For most of us, our dreams have faded due to life and its pitfalls, but many of us are still longing or striving for a more ultimate goal. Today’s United States is not the same as the good ol’ USA our parents or grandparents knew. The younger generations face more adversity in job seeking and professional development. Continue reading

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