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Purpose & Career

How to Make a Successful Career Change

Work takes up a big part of our lives. It can give us a sense of purpose and accomplishment, provide financial support, and give us much needed socialization. It can also help build skill and confidence and provide a source of creative expression. But if you’re stuck doing work that you don’t enjoy, it can be a huge source of unhappiness, frustration, and burnout.

Learn 8 keys to making a successful career or job change.

How to Build Your Personal Brand

Chanel. BMW. FedEx. What do these companies have in common? They all have strong, memorable brands. Their names immediately invoke certain images and impressions. But if you’re not a company or celebrity, do you need to build a personal brand? Well, if you think of your “brand” as the impression that people have of you, wouldn’t you want to be proactive in creating and controlling it?

Learn the 5 steps to creating a strong personal brand.

5 Secrets to Jane Austen’s Success

Jane Austen was a unique and gifted writer whose classic novels about 18th century English life still inspire both readers and authors today. Her six major novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park give a unique look into society at that time, using humor, irony, and sarcasm. While any writer’s short and long-term success can depend on many factors, there are several things about Jane’s decisions and circumstances that contributed to her work’s praise, wide acceptance, and ultimate longevity.

Learn 5 secrets to Jane’s success to apply in your own life and work.

How to Create More of the Right Opportunities

Searching for more of the right opportunities for your career, love life, business, or something else? As you’ve probably discovered, sometimes it can be hard to sort through all the unattractive options or generate any good alternatives. If you’ve made mistakes in the past or think you’ve explored everything that’s out there and come back disappointed, you’re not alone. But there are some things you can do to boost your success.

Learn 7 strategies for creating more of the right opportunities for your work and life.

6 Myths About Finding Your Purpose

Finding your purpose can be one of life’s greatest joys. When you figure out how to use your talents in ways that feel interesting and useful, it can be exhilarating. But what if you don’t know what your purpose is? Maybe you’re looking around at people who seem to have it all figured out and are wondering, “What am I doing wrong”? Well, before you spend time being hard on yourself for not living up to expectations, let’s look closer at the real truth behind the idea of purpose.

Here are 6 myths about finding your purpose.

How to Be More Promotable and Marketable

There are always more things you can do to make yourself more valuable to employers and in the job marketplace. These include things like increasing your technical skills, volunteering for high visibility special projects, getting more education, and working for companies with a good brand. But it starts with one basic strategy that everyone should use, regardless of industry or profession.

Learn one of the most effective things you can do to boost your promotability and marketability.

6 Signs It’s Time to Move on From a Job or Relationship

If you’ve been wrestling with the question about whether it’s time to move on from a job or relationship, you’re not alone. When you’ve invested in something over a period of time, it’s natural to want to hold on to it if it’s brought you some happiness or success in the past. But staying in a situation that doesn’t serve you can wind up costing you your vitality, creativity, work quality, and level of happiness.

Here are 6 signs it’s probably time to move on.

What I Learned Standing in John Lennon’s Bedroom

A few years ago I stood in John Lennon’s bedroom. Not in his New York City apartment, but in his childhood home in Liverpool, called Mendips. After a lifetime of listening to his music, it was magical to actually be in the place where he got his start and see what his home environment was like.

Learn the 5 lessons on creativity, motivation, and success I took from my visit.

How to Find Your Purpose

For some people, finding their purpose feels easy. It’s intuitive and there doesn’t seem to be a need to question it. But for others, finding their purpose feels like an ongoing quest that’s not easily accomplished. You may define your purpose as one thing you do for your entire life, or as something you do with your time and energy during a particular life stage.

Here are 5 approaches to finding your purpose, whether it’s for the long-term or short-term.



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