In 1997, a distinguished surgeon named Don Miguel Ruiz, authored an incredibly inspiring (yet rather small) book that spent over seven years on the New York Times Bestseller List – The Four Agreements.
One of my entrepreneurial mentors recommended the book to me, during a particularly challenging period of growth within my consulting company. Always down for a good read, I immediately ordered the book devoured its golden nuggets of wisdom in one sitting.
While not a very spiritual person at the time (I was raised in extreme fundamentalism, emerged as an atheist as an adult, and eventually found my way back around to New Age spirituality), the impactful concepts of Toltec inspired wisdom shared throughout the book emerged as incredibly applicable to my very millennial career.
So here are four ways in which Don Miguel’s Four Agreements impacted my career: Continue Reading…
Social media is old hat to most of us digital natives – arguably having evolved into the millennial’s second language. Most of us post regularly on a variety of social media platforms without even thinking twice, much less thinking about the “appropriateness” of the post.
Today’s popular social media apps are all about being “in the moment” – from Twitter’s literal “Moments” to Facebook LIVE to Instagram stories – and we tend to think of our social content strictly in the present tense, neglecting any future implications of one’s digital footprint.
But recent reports indicate that we should put some thought into our online branding, as it might come around to haunt us in the future. 79 percent of job recruiters check out candidate’s social media profiles, and 70 percent of recruiters have even rejected candidates based on inappropriate content they found online. For those of us that are self-employed, similar consequences may surface when it comes to securing investors or prospective clients. Continue Reading…
What images does that word conjure up in your always-busy mind?
A powerful business figure yelling out orders?
A frazzled corporate manager pulling 16 hour days?
A single parent/solopreneur slaving away at their side hustle all weekend?
Is that what being “productive” really is?
I used to think those destructive visions of “busyness” were the modern workforce’s definition of “productivity”, that was, until at age twenty-seven, I collapsed with searing chest pains, a numb left arm, and inability to breath. Continue Reading…
I recently had the opportunity to take part in a career panel for graduating seniors. Following the Q&A sessions, I was approached by a handful of girls, eagerly peppering me with questions about what it was like to be “the only woman” in the very male dominated world of business.
Truth be told, after years of being “the only woman” in countless meetings, conferences, and educational events (minus the exec’s secretaries), I’d grown accustomed to being the only one wearing heels.
Women are grossly underrepresented in business leadership within American culture. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a study highlighting the reasons why women are passed over for promotions by the masses, and why female CEOs (currently at 4% of Fortune 500 leadership) are about as frequent a sighting as the endangered Lesser Prairie Chicken. Continue Reading…
Guest Contributor: Christine Sato
The largest generation in U.S. history has changed the way we look at business and finance through their entirely different values and perceptions of what is important in the world today.
Millennials have embraced a wide range of lifestyles that has shifted the traditional models of what it means to be an adult member of the United States society.
Basically, what was important to their parents, most likely holds little to no value to the millennial or at the very least, ranks much lower in their list of priorities.
Let’s look at three ways these shifting values influence the world of business and finance. Continue Reading…
By Jen Oleniczak Brown, Founder of The Engaging Educator
There are some days I would like to clock the person that told me to follow my passion.
Seriously, hear me out – imagine being a person that was perfectly comfortable going to a survival job day in and day out. You go to work, you do your job, you go home. No thoughts about something more. No worries about potential or dreams or wants. Just 9-5, in and out.
(Un)Fortunately, I was and am a super motivated woman and started a company that teaches people how to be better communicators through improv – and one of the largest challenges in our students I’ve seen as a facilitator involves the very thing that pushed me here: wants.
So therein lies the question – do you know what you want? And even more – do you know how to get it?
Millennials love, love, LOVE entrepreneurship.
Look at their heroes (Zuckerberg, anyone?), TV programming (Shark Tank, Flip or Flop, All -American Makers), and freelancing lifestyle (find me a millennial that doesn’t know what a 1099 is) – entrepreneurship is everywhere.
But don’t just take my word for it – the Kauffman Foundation reports that 54 percent of millennials either want to start a business or already have started one and the US Chamber of Commerce reported that over a quarter of millennials (27 percent) were already self-employed.
Millennials are turning out to be quite the entrepreneurial generation, as they seriously surpass their predecessors in the start-up arena. BNP Paribas Global reported Millennials have launched about twice as many businesses as boomers have—nearly eight companies each versus three to four for boomers.
A decade ago, millennials’ penchant for trailblazing was commendable – in the height of the Great Recession, it was either create your own job or join the ranks of the unemployed. Many millennials chose the route of entrepreneurship.
Today, the job market for millennials is (reportedly) improving, but many established companies are confused as to why millennial entrepreneurs won’t work for them. Continue Reading…
Guest Contributor – Veronica Hunt
Millennials are the most targeted audience with estimated $200 billion purchasing power in 2017. Naturally, it is the main reason why most of entrepreneurs strive to understand the psychology of these big spenders. Big companies generously fund Gen Y studies to be the first who get competitive data.
Of course, there are some myths that characterize millennials as the Me Me Me generation with narcissistic features and pocket-vibration syndrome. Being a millennial myself, I do regard such claims built more on stereotypes and formed bias than real facts. You have to understand the millennial’s mindset and not just focus on separate negative features every generation obtains.
So, being tired of all accusations about millennials’ laziness and disloyalty, I’ve decided to involve psychology and the most recent studies on Gen Y profile. Continue Reading…
On my own from a fairly early age, I’ve always prided myself in the ability to “out work” just about anyone.
Whether it was college sports, my doctoral exams, a coveted internship, or running my own business, I always worked long and hard.
Assessing the quality of my work and its effects on my health and well-being was not something I was accustomed to.
Maybe I lacked self-awareness.
Maybe I lacked understanding.
Maybe I just didn’t know any better.
For the past few years, I watched in awe as many of my entrepreneurial colleagues have let their office lease expire, converted their established business model to a virtual one, and packed their bags for an international excursion.
“Wow” I thought, “I could never do that.”
But I wanted to – bad. Continue Reading…
There are many benefits of working from home – autonomy, flexibility, no office drama, etc.
But one of the biggest – and least utilized – benefits of working from home is the ability to fully customize a healthy work space.
No more being crammed into that cold and dull “junior associate” office, or trying to wade through cubicle land just to send a few e-mails.
Work from home professionals can create a work space that maximizes comfort, health, and inspiration.
Are you ready to design a healthy home office?