Category Archives: Self awareness

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 Stop Lack of Confidence

A reader recently asked, via email, “How can one make up for a lack of self-confidence?  How do I beat this nasty character flaw?” Having self-confidence is integral to building Inner Excellence, so I thought this would be a good time to address this question. First, let me start by telling you a story: Gary travels to…

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How to Make a Change in Yourself at Work

We have been talking a lot about the different soft skills we need to accelerate our career success, including self-management skills, which are needed to build inner excellence (like patience, persistence, confidence), and people skills (like communication skills, managing people skills, etc.).  Well, one thing is common between all of these topics: in order to master…

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How to Ask for Help – 7 Tips

Whether you are searching for a job or working in a job, at some point you will need to ask for help if you don’t want to hinder your progress.  No man or woman should be an island in their life or work.  It’s unrealistic to expect yourself to know it all or do it…

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Know When to Change Jobs – Watch for Six Signs

Do you know when it’s time to change jobs?  I find this topic interesting because when and how often you decide to change jobs can determine how fast you can progress in your career.   Those who stay at a job too long can stignant their own career progression without knowing it as opposed to…

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Being Right Is Not Enough

I have been struggling with an issue at work: We are doing a project that I know is the right thing to do for the company and the line of business involved.  With that said, I still need to figure out the best way to inform the partners in that line of business about the…

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Don’t be a Perfectionist

“What’s your biggest weakness?”  This is a question often asked in an interview.  One of the most common answers given is “I am a perfectionist.”  You may think yourself clever when you provide that answer, as it’s often thought of as a good, subtle way to talk about another strength of yours in the guise…

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Anyone Can Achieve Work Life Balance

Three weeks ago, the weather was amazing in San Francisco — close to 80 degrees. As it is rare to have such good weather, and since my kids love the beach, I decided to spend the day at the beach with them. You might be thinking that this seems like a rather abrupt choice, maybe…

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Ditch Your Traditional New Year’s Resolutions

Typically, right after Jan 1, we start saying resolutions for the New Year, Lose 20 pounds Get promoted by June Find a better, more satisfying jobs Get a 25% raise Buy a house If these sound like the resolutions you are making this year, I challenge you to throw them out!  Why?  We can be…

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Which 4 Adjectives Describe You?

Workout Objective:  Build self-awareness and have fun. Prerequisite: None Recommended Frequency: Once Don’t think about it, just take 10 seconds to see which four words jump out at you from this image. It’s just a game, but it’s interesting to find out which four words you see.  Perhaps they reflect less about who you are to others,…

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How to Find Your Passion – Answer 3 Questions

How to find your passion is a great question to ask throughout your career.  If you are anything like me and about 90% of the work force, then finding your passion is not an easy journey. When I was a senior in college, I asked myself this question and couldn’t come up with an answer….

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