All Posts by John

Make Your Own Luck: Create an Affirmation

Do you subscribe to the idea that change is an “inside job?” Getting a new job or starting a new business is not simply about fielding opportunities. And change is certainly not a matter of “luck.” It is about focusing on what’s going on inside you: what you like to do, what you’re good at, how you […]

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Don’t Be a Job Hunter, Be a Job Magnet

One of the most intimidating concepts new job seekers encounter is the idea that they have to be aggressive about the process: they have to be a job hunter. But older workers looking to get hired or start businesses have an unsung advantage that actually turns this paradigm on its head. We are all too […]

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Stop Playing the Victim Card

Playing the victim is a pointless and short-lived exercise. When you’re trying to restart your career, blaming others won’t work. Leadership is important, even (and especially) if it is about how you demonstrate taking responsibility for your life. Regardless of the circumstances of how you lost your job, or the choices that you may feel […]

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Why Millennials Act Entitled

Management and leadership guru Simon Sinek explains with compassion but no pity why millennials behave as they do – often alienating older generations who think of them as entitled and narcissistic. He points out that millennials (at least in theU.S.) were raised to feel special, and shielded against the real world by “helicopter” parents.  I […]

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Key Decisions to Ground Your Second Act Career

Don’t get caught in the dangerous trap of thinking that you know what new business you should start or job you should find just because it’s a second act career you think you’ve wanted to do for years. You may make a mistake that will cost you for the rest of your career. Before you […]

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Be of Service

If you’ve lost a job or a business after many years, you may well feel completely adrift, but to be of service to others at this challenging time may be a way to find yourself and to get re-inspired. Even after the requisite amount of time grieving over the loss, there is likely a period […]

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Be of Service

If you’ve lost a job or a business after many years, you may well feel completely adrift, but to be of service to others at this challenging time may be a way to find yourself and to get re-inspired. Even after the requisite amount of time grieving over the loss, there is likely a period […]

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Make Listening to Others a Priority

Listening to others can give you unexpected insight into your behavior – past and present. Your reinvention requires more than just your desire to change your career around. Dreams are great, but unless you have a well-conceived plan to turn them into reality, they will remain just dreams. Listening is the step in the Boomer […]

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Starting a New Business? Don’t Trust Your Gut!

Don’t get caught in the dangerous trap of thinking that you know what new business you should start just because it’s something you think you’ve wanted to do for years. You may make a mistake that will cost you for the rest of your career. Before you dismiss this advice out of hand, think about your […]

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You Need a New Mission Statement

A mission statement is not exclusively a motivational motto for a company. I suggest that you apply the same kind of thinking to your personal mission in work and in life as well. A mission statement is an inspirational way of describing the meaning, purpose, goals, and values of an organization. Based on the exercises you have […]

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