Great things are only possible with outrageous requests Thea Alexander

A VP in a big bureaucratic corporate job lands the top job at a start-up. Oh, and he chose among 3 offers in 2 months.

Please, please, pleaseA financial services executive plotting spinning her wheels for 2 years finally identifies and makes her career change (to K-12 education) in a few months.

A small business owner uproots her year-old firm to move thousands of miles away and manages to grow her business and land a magazine feature in her first year away.

Outrageous, yet, true. These are all real-life examples of clients I’ve worked with who made outrageous requests of themselves and their dreams and reaped the benefits.

What outrageous request will you make?


Chris Rock on Being Rich

April 23, 2014

Having money doesn’t make you rich. Having options makes you rich – Chris Rock

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love this reminder about the importance of options, especially in today’s economy. For many people, salary from a career or business is the largest asset, and the market volatility indicates a steady paycheck is not at all guaranteed. Therefore the asset isn’t the paycheck; it’s in your ability to work, your valuable skills and expertise, your supportive network. To get rich, nurture your employability — your options.

What one thing have you done towards your overall career, not the current job you have now?

When was the last time you connected with a colleague outside of your day-to-day work or regular circle of friends?

Do you know what is trending in your line of work and your industry?


Tennessee Williams On Going For Your Dream

April 16, 2014

Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else – Tennessee Williams In 2012, I produced my first short film and I saw it on the big screen earlier this year. Who knew? What voyage will you begin (or continue)? If you’re afraid it’s too big, too hard, or too risky, how can you make it more manageable? […]

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Sir James Barrie On The Real Definition Of Work

April 9, 2014

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else – Sir James Barrie We all can’t run away to Fiji, but we can enjoy more of what we do. Are you spending more time on what you think you should be doing, rather than what you want? Can you delegate more or […]

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Dr. Denis Waitley On Circumstance And Responsibility

April 2, 2014

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them — Dr. Denis Waitley Wow, I think this quote was written for Cynical Me. Do you fixate on how stuck things are, or do you try to find solutions? Are you complaining more than doing? […]

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Helen Keller on Playing Big

March 28, 2014

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar  –  Helen Keller After a particularly cold winter, I am even more excited for spring, already my favorite season. I just want to get outside more, enjoy the longer, brighter days, and escape the constriction of coats, hats and gloves. Spring is […]

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Peter Block on Living

March 21, 2014

The goal is to balance a life that works with a life that counts. –  Peter Block Is your life working for you? Do you feel joy enough times during the day? Are you getting enough rest? Do you spend time with people you love? Does your life count? Are you fulfilling your commitments? Are […]

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Barry Beck on Blame

March 14, 2014

We have only one person to blame, and that’s each other. — Barry Beck, NY Ranger I love quotes that make me laugh. Seriously, though, I love the nudge towards blaming other people. Yes, some people point fingers too often. But many people I know do the opposite and don’t blame enough. Yes, I just […]

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Let It Ride on Luck

March 7, 2014

You’ve got to place a bet every day, otherwise you might be walking around lucky and not know it.  –  Character played by Richard Dreyfuss in the movie Let It Ride  I don’t feel like I’m a lucky person. I don’t win at raffles or the casino. But if I really itemize over my lifetime […]

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Annie Dillard On Time Spent

February 28, 2014

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.– Annie Dillard I’ve been thinking about this a lot because I’ve been particularly harried these days. I said Yes to too many things, and these are high-stakes commitments that must get fulfilled. So it’s crunch time, get-fewer-hours-sleep time. Is this how I […]

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