Category Archives: Growth mindset

What Kind of “Sugar” Can You Contribute?

I can’t stop watching this video.  It just make me feel so good about life and people.  My husband showed it to us a few weeks ago.  Now my kids and I watch it almost every day and dance to it in pure joy. So why am I share this on my career blog?  Well, it made think about the true meaning…

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Who Would You Rather Be – Elsa or Anna?

Lei:  I am excited to introduce a new Executive Author to our Soft Skills Gym – Cindy Wong-Zarahn.  I only met Cindy last year but feel like we have been old friends for years.  She has close to 20 years of experience in the corporate world with plenty of battle scars as well as very sage advice….

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Lei’s New Year Aspiration – Enjoy Life

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope you all had a great holiday or at least one that was better than mine.   I can’t believe it’s 2015.  Usually I love holidays as it gives me time to relax, regroup, and faced the new year with renewed energy.  I didn’t have such luck this holiday season.  Work…

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How to Be 10% Happier at Work?

This article on how to be 10% happier at work is inspired by reading a blog post Penelope Trunk wrote on How to Love the Job You Have – Focus on One Good Thing.    It was a touching personal story and it sparked an epiphany in my mind – we often spend too much time focusing…

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Growth Mindset Example – Learnings from My 4-day Cleanse

A few months ago, I did a veggie and fruit cleanse for the first time in my life.  Why?  All the usual reasons Vanity – I wanted to get back to my college weight after having two kids. Peer Pressure – My husband and my friend were doing it that week Efficiency  – I didn’t have…

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Jim Carrey Inspires Us to Follow Our Dreams

Why am I here on earth?  What makes me truly happy in life?  How do I find my passion?  I don’t know about you, but I am asking myself these questions more and more often as I get older.  There is so much societal pressure to make more money, get that promotion faster, and show off the fancy car/house we…

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Growth Mindset Definition – What Does it Mean for Your Work?

What is the Growth Mindset?  Stanford Professor Carol Dweck developed this concept in her 2006 book – Mindset – The New Psychology for Success.  In there, she provides the following Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset definitions: “In a fixed mindset, students believe that their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain…

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How to Keep Your Job During Massive Layoffs

Are you worried about keeping your job? Is your company announcing layoffs?  If so, you need to listen to the recording below. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce a new Executive Author, Helena Light, to our site.  Helena has been a friend and neighbor of mine for the last 10+ years.  She is also the Partner…

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Achieving Work Life Balance – A Letter to Myself

Achieving work life balance takes self-awareness, making tough choices, and being disciplined.  As a recovering over-achiever and perfectionist, this is hard for me.     My natural tendency with any job is to err on the side of working over-time and prioritizing my job above anything else.   The only reason I was able to maintain…

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Dealing with a Difficult Boss – Lynn Marie’s Story

Dealing with a difficult boss is always a sensitive topic.  We don’t always know if we should say anything, or how we should go about addressing our issues with them.  This is why I am excited to introduce another candid conversation with one of our Executive Authors, Lynn Marie Auzenne. In this recording, we discussed Lynn…

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How Gloria Successfully Recovered from Not Getting Promoted

Not getting the promotion we were expecting can be devastating to our self-image.   I am here to tell you that you are not alone.  In fact, not getting promoted can happen to the best of us.  What is important is how you handle this unexpected news and what you do next to keep advancing in…

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Lei’s 2013 Experiences

Every year seem to go by faster and faster. Do you feel that too?  Well, it’s New Year’s Eve Day and it’s time to look back and take stock of what happened in 2013.  It’s my way to slow down today and be grateful for 2013. At the beginning of this year, I decided to…

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Soft Skills – Note to Self: Shut Up and Take Action

It is New Year’s Eve day.  I am supposed to be happy and excited.  Instead I wake up very agitated.  My mind is teeming with negative thoughts.  I have been sick for two weeks.  I feel behind.  I feel unaccomplished. I feel tired even though I just got a full night’s sleep. Then I catch…

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How to Find More Time and Live a “Why Not” Life

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you had more time to do the things you love?  I work almost full time, have 2 kids, a household to manage, and I write this blog and newsletter in my “spare time.” Since I juggle all of this, I ask myself this question often, wishing I had…

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M.A.P. to Career Success

As I look back on my career, I have noticed a pattern to my success — every time I achieved something, three components were in play: Mindset, Action, and Perseverance – more easily remembered as a M.A.P.. In this article, I’m going to explain what each part involves, along with some examples of each. I hope this framework…

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