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Chat With Mer, Mar. 25: How to Beat Fear and Become Invincible

Do you wonder what you could accomplish if nothing held you back? Two years ago, I had the good fortune to witness the first major speaking engagement for entrepreneur Jia Jiang. I sat transfixed in the 2,000-seat auditorium as this humble, relatable guy talked about a crushing defeat in his life and then what he did next: a 100-day experiment to inoculate himself against the fear of rejection. The results changed his life, and started a movement. I’m thrilled to sit down with Jia on March 25th for a virtual fireside chat to discuss what he learned…

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Seven Skills You Must Master to Thrive in Your Career (Part 1)

When I work with executive coaching clients, I help them explore what they want most from their careers–and by extension, their lives–and then I help them get it. To do this, we examine what their dream outcome would be. Once we clearly have this vision, we figure out how to make that a reality—this is no small task! In doing this exercise, we often uncover beliefs and skill gaps that need to be addressed before the goal can come to fruition. Although each person’s journey is different and their story unique, there are some themes in terms…

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Practice These 3 Confidence-Activating Strategies For Your Career

I’m thinking a lot about confidence these days. I’ve been working with my clients on feeling more confident in various professional situations, like job searches, performance reviews, and their presentation and leadership skills. While reflecting on this subject, I’ve come up with something: The importance of practicing intrinsic confidence. I say “practicing” rather than “building” to reflect that in each situation, in each conversation in each day of our professional lives, we have a choice to make—decisions that take us closer to confidence, embodying what we want from our lives professionally and personally. Like a muscle, we…

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Readying the Soil for Planting

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the raised garden bed in my backyard, lying fallow as we ready for the planting season. I am thinking about blending in the rich, loamy compost to bring nutrients to the soil and ultimately to the tender, young seedlings. Then, a deep watering or two to bring moisture back into the sun-baked earth. Both these components are an essential precursor to planting new flowers, vegetables, and fruits. Without these ingredients, plus the consistent care of us gardeners, the plants will not thrive—or even survive. Like the readying of the garden…

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Accessing Your Inner Wisdom, Part 2

Learn how to harness the power of reflection and dig deep to discover your happy path. In my previous blog post, I explained that the first steps to finding a career with heart are to acknowledge that change is possible and to determine what it is that you truly want to do. The next step is to align your materials with your evolving personal brand. Ensure that the authentic story you tell in your written materials (your resume, LinkedIn profile, etc.) and your oral communication (interviewing, networking) reflects what you’ve learned about yourself and what you want professionally. An edited version of…

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Accessing your Inner Wisdom, Part 1

Do you want to learn how to harness the power of reflection and dig deep to discover your happy path? If so, read on: I’ve been thinking about how important it is to love your career. Staying in a job you can’t stand  profoundly affects you and the lives of those around you.We spend so much time at work that if we loathe our environment or what we do, the results can lead to a diminished quality of life. What, then, is the solution? Finding a career with heart. When you dislike your job, you have a choice. There is…

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Your Joyful Career

In 2002 I was miserable. I dreaded going to work, felt dead inside, and didn’t know what the future of my career life would be. I had a good job that didn’t fill me up; it left me wanting more. Gradually, I realized that my career was happening to me. By not making a deliberate decision about where I was spending 50+ hours of my week, I was giving over control of my present, and my future, to others. With the help of a talented career counselor, a lot of self-reflection, support from my family, and then…

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How to Conduct a Job Search While Still Employed

It’s a common conundrum: you want to look for a new job, but you don’t want to jeopardize your current job in the process. It can be tricky, but with the right plan of action, it’s possible. Here are five strategies to conduct a successful job search while employed: Get clear about what you want. The biggest problem I see that stalls a job search, especially one layered on top of a current, demanding job, is lack of clarity about what you are looking for. Typically, people want to leave their job because they are unhappy with…

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My 6 Takeaways from the 2013 World Domination Summit

A few weekends ago, I attended the World Domination Summit. WDS is a gathering in Portland, Oregon, created and organized by Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, blogger, and thought-leader in the arena of non-conformity. I have long been an admirer of Chris’ and was thrilled to secure a ticket to his sold-out event. WDS began in 2011 with 500 participants, doubled in size a year later to 1,000, and this year tripled to nearly 3,000 attendees. Chris’ vision in creating WDS was founded on three values: community, adventure, and service. His fundamental quest is to…

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Graduation Season

The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity for me. As co-graduation coordinator at my daughter’s school, I’ve been putting together the graduation program, confirming numbers, collecting contributions from parents and coordinating the class gift, and planning the celebration. Did I mention that my daughter is in preschool? Whether it’s preschool, high school, or college, graduation is a bittersweet time for parents. My daughter’s ceremony is causing lots of typical parental thoughts to flash through my mind—the things every parent has wished (i.e., worried) about for their child since the beginning of time. We want…

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